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!
The 2023 assessment center is full, but we will have another in 2024:
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 2023 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
IAP2 USA Certified Public Participation Professionals
2017 Professional Certification Webinar
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