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Certificate in Public Participation

About the Certificate in Public Participation

IAP2 Canada's Certificate in Public Participation (P2) consists of 3 core courses - IAP2 Way in Challenging Contexts, Designing Public Participation & Engagement, and Applying Methods. Based on IAP2's internationally recognized Global Learning Pathway, this professional development certificate program builds on the foundations of public participation training and best practices from around the globe to provide participants with approximately 30 hours of effective training in public participation and engagement.

Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Public Participation, participants receive a "Certificate of Completion" to acknowledge their accomplishment and verify their training hours.

This professional development certificate program is a next step on your journey to becoming a P2 professional and separate from the IAP2 Canada designations (CP3 & MCP3). It is important to note that participants of the Certificate in Public Engagement are not certified P2 professionals. Learn more about how to become a certified P2 professional.

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IAP2 Canada's Learning Pathway

Our comprehensive learning pathway provides P2 champions, and those wanting to become P2 champions, with additional opportunities for level-based learning. The pathway includes the core training courses, highlighted below, as well as a range of elective courses to help further advance your learning.

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Core Program Courses

Fundamentals of Public Participation and Engagement

Prerequisite for Designing P2 and Engagement and Applying Methods (for Level 1 Practitioners) - Learn More

Fundamentals of Public Participation (P2) and Engagement is a Level 1 course that focuses on understanding and applying the practices of meaningful and effective public participation. The training explores principles, concepts and best practices, and how to design and apply this knowledge to your public participation and engagement work. 

Who should take this course?

  • New practitioners beginning their journey in P2/engagement
  • Anyone working in the field or a related field who wants to understand and apply the fundamentals of meaningful and effective public participation and engagement practice


IAP2 Way in Challenging Contexts

Prerequisite for Designing P2 and Engagement and Applying Methods (for Level 2 Practitioners) - Learn More

The IAP2 Way in Challenging Contexts course is a prerequisite that sets out the underpinning models and frameworks of public participation and engagement practice as defined by the IAP2 community. Specifically in terms of what it is, who is involved, standards of practice, and why it is important to be practiced ethically and effectively. Participants will explore these concepts and models in contexts that are challenging and will gain skills and knowledge to apply to their work. This course is suitable for practitioners who already have substantial experience in public participation and engagement practice work and are ready to be leading this work with others (2-5 years).

Who should take this course?

Practitioners who already have some breadth of experience with public participation and engagement practice, and they are:

  • leading the planning and implementation of public participation and engagement practice processes, or
  • managing teams and planning operations where there is some risk and complexity
  • managing key relationships for the public participation and engagement practice processes, be able to troubleshoot, fix problems and implement change in processes as they are needed
  • working as a consultant in the sector leading the public participation and engagement practice processes

Designing Public Participation and Engagement

Challenging Contexts is a prerequisite for this course - Learn More

Designing & Leading Engagement is a Level 2 course that introduces practitioners to the design and plan phases of the practice framework, providing them with the opportunity to develop public participation and engagement practice plans. This includes scoping, community mapping, determining purpose and objectives and levels of influence, choosing appropriate methods and managing resources, while considering the needs of diverse audiences.

Who should take this course?

  • Practitioners who are leading the planning and implementation of public participation and engagement practice processes
  • Participants who will be involved in the design and planning of public participation and engagement practice processes

Applying Methods

Challenging Contexts is a prerequisite for this course - Learn More

The focus of this course is on exploring a variety of methods used in implementing public participation and engagement and considering how to design and integrate those methods into the public participation and engagement practice process. Participants will learn to select, assess and create effective elements of methods to work meaningfully with participants.

Who should take this course?

  • Practitioners with some public participation and engagement practice experience who are looking to cement their knowledge and skills



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