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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.


Certified Professionals are required to submit a recertification application for review by an Assessor every three years, along with the recertification fee of $250.

For More Information

Meet our CP3s to learn more about their experiences and backgrounds.

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.

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