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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.

What's Involved? 

What does it cost?

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

Key Dates in 2020

The Application process is rolling so you may apply at any time.

  • June 12 - 13: Assessment Centre (deadline has passed to apply for this Assessment Centre)
  • July 20: Application deadline for November Assessment Centre
  • November 20 - 21: Assessment Centre

Locations of Assessment Centers will be based on where the applicants are from.

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.

    Questions?

    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.

      CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE CERTIFIED P2 PROFESSIONALS (CP3)!

      Click on "Learn More" to read about them (some would love to answer your questions about Certification)

      Jessica Bratty, 
      CP3

      North Vancouver

            

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      Yvonne Morrison

      Yvonne Morrison, 
      CP3

      Winnipeg

         

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      Natalie Henault,
      CP3

      Winnipeg

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      Tannis Topolnisky

      Tannis Topolnisky,
      CP3

      Edmonton

            

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      Trevor Joyal

      Trevor Joyal,
      CP3

      Calgary

         

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      Jane Newlands, CP3

      Jane Newlands,
      CP3

      Vancouver

              

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      Kim Hyshka,
      CP3

      Edmonton

            

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      Jessica Delaney

      Jessica Delaney,
      CP3

      Vancouver

            

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      Kirsty Neill

      Kirsty Neill,
      CP3

      Calgary

         

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      Tracey Ehl

      Tracey Ehl,
      MCP3

      Oakville

         

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      Megan Fitzgerald

      Megan Fitzgerald, CP3

      Vancouver

                   

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      Brenda Wallace, CP3

      Brenda Wallace,
      CP3

      Saskatoon

            

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      Amanda Kaiser, 
      CP3

      Calgary

            

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      Anne Harding

      Anne Harding,
      CP3

      Calgary

            

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      Lara Tierney

      Lara Tierney,
      CP3

      Calgary

         

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      Gay Robinson

      Gay Robinson, 
      CP3

      Calgary

            

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      Shawn Bravender

      Shawn Bravender, CP3

      Edmonton

         

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      Pam Robertson, CP3

      Pam Robertson,
      CP3

      Kamloops

            

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      Why is a Certification Program Needed?

      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:

      • P2 Process Planning and Application

      • P2 Event Planning and Implementation

      • Appropriate Use of Tools and Techniques

      • P2 Communication Skills

      • P2 People Skills

      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:

      • Brenda Pichette

      • Jan Bloomfield

      • Gay Robinson

      • Chantal Barton

      • Niki Anderson

      • Natalie Henault

      If you have any questions contact us at info@iap2canada.ca

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