IAP2 Certification Program 

Become an IAP2 USA Certified Public Participation Professional!

The assessment process was developed by a Task Force of IAP2 members from USA, Canada, and South Africa in consultation with our membership. Thank you to our volunteers for making this happen! 

The program offers two levels of certification: Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3) and Master Certified Public Participation Professional (MCP3). The CP3 designation is awarded upon successfully completing a three-step assessment based on 5 Core Competencies. The MCP3 is an application process that responds to mandatory and optional criteria. You may apply for MCP3 Certification after obtaining CP3 Certification.

Interested? Take a look at the Professional Certification Program, Policies, & Procedures Manual

2024 CP3 Assessment Centers

April 26 & 27 - Application Fee Due January 5

August 23 & 24 - Application Fee Due May 3

December 6 & 7 - Application Fee Due September 6

  • $300 CP3 Application
  • $450 Case Study Review
  • $2,150 CP3 Assessment Center process
  • $425 MCP3 Application

For More Information

If you are still wondering “What exactly is professional certification?” and why it is different from the 5-Day Foundations (formerly Certificate) training then read all about it in this blog and WATCH a video from our Certification Taskforce Chair, Wendy Lowe.

Wondering what the process is like and why you might choose to become certified? We encourage you to listen to Steven Wolf, an IAP2 USA Master Certified Public Participation Professional. Learn why he applied and the value he sees in professional certification.


Please review the kit and FAQ carefully and let us know if you have any questions before applying. Contact us at Info@iap2usa.org – We would be pleased to help.

We look forward to your participation in this exciting new program!

 Review the 2024 Information Kit and  Frequently Asked Questions document
►  Review the Core Competencies - evaluation is based on meeting these 5 criteria
►  Download and review the CP3 Application

►  Download and review the MCP3 Application and Quality Standards
►  To learn more about the process, watch the Professional Certification Informational Webinar

Certification Scholarship Available

The Debra Duerr Memorial Scholarship is available to eligible P2 practitioners. 

Thank you to our donors for making this possible!

More information   Scholarship Application 

Upcoming Certification Deadlines

IAP2 USA Certified Public Participation Professionals

Wendy Lowe, CP3

Owner, P2 Solutions
Idaho Falls, ID

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Doug Sarno, MCP3

President, Forum Facilitation Group
Washington, D.C.

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Steve Wolf, MCP3

Chief, Public Affairs Office, US Army Corps of Engineers - Omaha District

Omaha, NE 

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Sara Dechter, CP3, AICP

Comprehensive Planning Manager, City of Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ

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Ken Smith, CP3

Principal p2 Practitioner,
Public Participation Matters

Gauteng, South Africa

Tina Geiselbrecht, CP3

Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Austin, TX

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Leah Jaramillo, CP3

Vice President, Public Engagement Professional
Salt Lake City, UT

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Catherine Smith, CP3

Partner, CityWorks People + Places 
San Diego, CA

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Allison Wong, CP3

Community Engagement Manager, Designing Justice + Designing Spaces
Los Angeles, CA


Maddie Hughes, CP3

Urban Planner and Public Engagement Consultant, Shockey Consulting Services
Kansas City, MO

Cassie Hemphill, CP3

Missoula, MT

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John Godec, MCP3

Expert Communication Strategist and Facilitator
Phoenix, AZ

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Theresa Gunn, MCP3

President at Gunn Communications, Inc
Phoenix, AZ

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Chris Cannon, CP3

Senior Principal Consultant of Community Engagement, UrbanTrans North America
Atlanta, GA

Susan Bankhead, CP3

Senior Vice President of Client Affairs, JPW Communications
Carlsbad, CA

2017 Professional Certification Webinar
An Introduction

Review the Certification process. Learn from the Assessors what they are looking for when you apply. They want you to be successful and they have included tips in this information webinar:

Download the Powerpoint

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