Become a Certified Public Participation Professional!
The Certification Program is a new 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 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.
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:
Upon the successful completion of the Assessment Centre the designation of CP3 is awarded to the candidate.
What does it cost?
The total cost of certification is $2500
Key Dates in 2021
The Application process is rolling so you may apply at any time.
February 12: Deadline for applications
June 18-19: June Assessment Centre - this will be held virtually
July 19: Deadline for applications
November 19-20: November Assessment Centre - Location of Assessment Center will be based on where the applicants are from
For More InformationIf 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.
Please review the kit and FAQ carefully and let us know if you have any questions before applying. Contact us at email@example.com. We would be pleased to help.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE CERTIFIED P2 PROFESSIONALS (CP3)!
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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.
In 2016, IAP2 Canada presented two Information Webinars to explain the Certification Program. The webinars were essentially the same, but the participants and their questions were different.
What are the Core Competencies and how were they developed?
The core competencies are the essential capabilities for a P2 professional to effectively design, implement, and evaluate public participation programs. The competencies emerged from qualitative analysis of a comprehensive list of knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, skills, behaviors, and capabilities identified in June 2014 by more than 100 P2 professionals from around the globe.
The descriptions and quality standards for each competency were developed, tested, and refined through an iterative process involving IAP2 members. The Core Competencies include:
Detailed descriptions of the core competencies and quality standards are included in the document, Core Competencies.
Who created the Certification program?
The program was developed over a number of years by a Task Force that was convened by IAP2 USA. That task force, comprised of members from IAP2 USA, IAP2 Canada and IAP2 Southern Africa, gathered input from hundreds of practitioners and used that to create the Certification Program. The first pilot of the program was held in the Fall of 2015.
In 2016, IAP2 Canada struck the Canadian Certification Task Force (CCTF) to review and refine the work of the USA Task Force and ensure it was relevant for the Canadian context.
We would like to thank the Canadian Certification Task Force Members for all their hard work in establishing the Canadian Certification Program:
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