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Become a Certified Public Participation Professional!

The Certification Program is a professional designation available to IAP2 Canada members. Certification proves, through independent assessment, that you have demonstrated the basic knowledge and skills required to perform the role of public participation (P2) professional. 

The Professional Certification Program offers two levels of professional certification:

  1. Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3)The first step in the Program is a confirmation that you have the skills required to meet the Five Core Competencies.  This evidence based assessment ensures that you meet IAP2's standards as a professional in the field.
  2. Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3): Once the CP3 level has been achieved, this category gives recognition to more experienced and qualified professionals. This designation includes several additional skills and enhanced capabilities that are expected to have been acquired over several years working in the profession.

IAP2 created the Certification Program in response to requests by members and practitioners around the globe for a professionalization of the field and standards for practitioners. Professional certification requires a formal and independent assessment that an individual meets industry-defined standards for performance.

For detailed information on the Program, please review the Frequently Asked Questions and Policies and Procedures Manual.

Meet our Certified Public Participation Professionals

Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3)

The designation Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) is the assurance that you meet a set of internationally-recognized criteria. Credentials are awarded upon completion of a three-step assessment based on Five Core Competencies developed through a membership consultation process

What's Involved? 

The completion of the 2-module Foundations in Public Participation training is the first step towards becoming a CP3, where a certificate of completion is issued from IAP2.

Certification is achieved through a three-step process where assessors evaluate candidates’ performance based on the Core Competencies. A candidate must pass each step before they can proceed to the next step:

Step 1: Application

Requires a detailed resume with job history, professional references, three project descriptions, and responses to questions that correspond to specific criteria. Download and fill out the application form.

Step 2: Case Study

A hypothetical Case Study will be provided. A detailed Public Participation (P2) plan will be prepared for the Case Study.

Step 3: Assessment Centre

Three-four assessors work together to conduct each Assessment Centre and the assessors are expected to make their final determinations by consensus. Elements include:

  • Interviews
  • Presentation
  • Group Work

Upon the successful completion of the Assessment Centre the designation of CP3 is awarded to the candidate.

Key Documents 

What does it cost?

  • $250 – application review
  • $450 case study review
  • $1,800 – CP3 Assessment Centre

The total cost of certification is $2,500.

Key Dates in 2021

The Application process is rolling so you may apply at any time.  Application deadline for November Assessment Centre is July 19, 2021.

The Assessment Centre is scheduled for November 19 (half day) and November 20 (full day) and will be virtual.

For More Information

If you are still wondering “What exactly is professional certification?” and why it is different from the Five-Day Foundations (formerly Certificate) training, read all about it in this blog by Wendy Lowe, US Certification Task Force Chair and Canadian assessor; and WATCH her video.

Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3)

Individuals who successfully attain the CP3 level of certification and have successfully maintained their CP3 status are eligible to apply for the Master level of certification at any time following the initial certification.  The assessment for the MCP3 level is an application process based on the MCP3 Core Competencies

What's Involved? 

The MCP3 application is assessed by IAP2 Assessors, where candidates must meet all ten of the mandatory criteria. Candidates must also address one of the optional criteria, designed to recognize the many diverse directions one’s career may take over the years. Download and fill out the application form.

Key Documents  

What does it cost?

  • $750 – application review

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


    Please review the kit and FAQ carefully and let us know if you have any questions before applying. Contact us at info@iap2canada.ca. We would be pleased to help.

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