IAP2 USA ONLINE COURSES

Global Certificate in P2 Courses

IAP2 Certificate in Public Participation – We are very excited to be launching the next evolution of training that builds on our foundational best practices. Our flagship Foundations training program has been updated and now consists of three core courses. Visit our training calendar to register for updated course offerings.

IAP2 USA's Certificate in Public Participation (P2) consists of 3 core courses - Fundamentals of Public Participation, Designing Public Participation, 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.

Fundamentals of Public Participation (Prerequisite to other courses)

Who: For all practitoners

This course:

  • Explores IAP2’s best practices and underlying frameworks to create meaningful participation and reflect on one’s own existing practice
  • Centers diversity, equity and inclusion in the practice of engagement
  • Allows participant’s to apply this knowledge to their own public participation practice

Designing Public Participation

Who: For practitioners who are leading the planning and implementation of public participation processes

This course:

  • Helps practitioners design an engagement process and plan for a real-world scenario

Applying Methods

Who: For practitioners who are part of a team implementing a public participation process and are looking for the practical skills to be effective in designing and applying methods.

This course:

  • Provides opportunities to practice and evaluate methods
  • Demonstrates ways to blend methods into hybrid techniques
  • Shares techniques to craft questions to draw out meaningful input
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As a key leader in the public participation sector IAP2 USA provides skills-based learning to people and organizations on what they need to know and do, so that they can successfully develop, deliver, and lead authentic engagement processes.

"I wanted to tell you that I’m getting great feedback from everyone and it’s truly been a life changing experience for some, which I knew it would be. I can’t thank you enough for your help this past week and I look forward to two more trainings for the rest of my Public Outreach & Engagement Peer Group. We have about 45 people all being trained with IAP2. Just think what a difference that will make in our Agency moving forward!"

Deanna J. Desedas, Public Outreach & Engagement Manager
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

2024 Skills Symposium

Not a fan of virtual training?

You're in luck!

IAP2 USA is thrilled to announce our first in-person Skills Symposium since 2020. 

Join us in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, June 24-28, 2024.

    Register Today

    All Upcoming Courses

      • May 28, 2024
      • May 29, 2024
      • 4 sessions
      • Online with Trainer Cassie Hemphill

      IAP2 Understanding Conflict in Public Participation

      **You must first complete Fundamentals of Public Participation or IAP2's previous Foundations Training to take this course**

      The aim of Understanding Conflict in P2/engagement is to help you understand, and more effectively manage, conflict dynamics. The focus of this Level 1 course will be on developing the skills of participants to identify and mitigate situations of tension and conflict within their P2/engagement work.




      Course Objectives:

      • Understand the sources, types and factors that contribute to conflict in P2/engagement and the impact they may have on the process

      • Understand the role of power and influence in engagement practice

      • Understand and identify the cycle of escalation, and the behaviors, attitudes and actions that are evident as conflict increases

      • Contribute to and/or apply strategies to de-escalate challenging situations

      • Identify how to build effective relationships and partnerships through empathy, active listening, respect and trust

      • Learn approaches to work in challenging situations applying behaviors that build trust and credibility

      • Consider the role of integrity and ethics in the conduct of the P2/engagement practitioner, and how that is upheld in the process

      This is an IAP2 core training course delivered externally by an IAP2 licensed trainer. MUST REGISTER ON TRAINERS WEBSITE!

      Click Here to Register on trainers website! 

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      Cost:

      • Members $275
      • Regular/Non-Member $325

      Date/Time of Training:

      May 28 and 29, 2024 

      • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM MST 
      • One hour lunch break 
      • 1:00 PM to 3:00PM MST 


      Trainer: Cassie Hemphill 

      Cassie Hemphill has more than 25 years of experience in designing and leading public participation and engagement processes and projects. Her work has included environmental and natural resource management, healthcare delivery, education, and community-based human services. She has been creating and delivering remote and in-person training experiences for professionals and community members for more than 15 years. 

      Cassie has been involved with IAP2 since 2003. She helped create IAP2 USA’s Professional Certification program, assisted with updates and development of IAP2’s course materials, and has served on the USA and Intermountain Chapter boards. She currently serves as an IAP2 Licensing Programme Mentor, preparing candidates from around the world to become IAP2 Licensed Trainers.

      Cassie’s Ph.D. research explored public/private collaboration in environmental management. Her M.A. research analyzed decision-makers' openness to public input. She has a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and is an IAP2 USA Certified Public Participation Practitioner (CP3), a Certified Mediator (CM), and a Certified Virtual Facilitator (CVF).


      • June 03, 2024
      • (EDT)
      • June 06, 2024
      • (EDT)
      • 4 sessions
      • Online with Trainer Kimberly Horndeski
      • 18
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      ***Fundamentals of Public Participation is the prerequisites for this course

      Completion of IAP2 Foundations in P2: Planning For Effective Public Participation prior to 2023 also counts as a prerequisite for this course***

      IAP2's Applying Methods for Public Participation

      Four 4-hour sessions

      June 3, 4, 5, 6, 2024
      1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern
      12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Central
      11:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. Mountain

      10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.mPacific

      Applying Methods is a Level 2 course that introduces practitioners to a large number of P2 methods. This includes learning how to design specific methods, developing good question design, and having an opportunity to practice running some methods.

      The course is suitable for practitioners who are part of a team implementing a P2 process and are looking for the practical skills to be effective in designing and applying methods.

      Course objectives:

      1. Identify a range of methods that can be used for various engagement purposes and processes, and strategies to select the most appropriate method/s for an engagement project/process.

      2. Research, design and test a F2F and/or online method using a range of tools and resources.

      3. Apply the four steps of designing a method incorporating the eight key components of method design.

      4. Develop rational and experiential aims.

      5. Design an appropriate format.

      6. Design questions and process.

      7. Develop appropriate communications.

      8. Combine methods to achieve engagement goals and objectives and test for appropriate sequencing.

      9. Incorporate inclusion and diversity principles

      10. Identify data management needs, evaluation points and measures.

      11. Identify resources required.

      12. Explore a variety of both F2F and online methods/ techniques that are more structured and have nested methods within them (e.g., Deliberative Processes, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology).

      13. Analyze the specific requirements for online and digital methods, identify and select appropriate platforms and tools to meet needs and strategize to develop these methods for delivery.

      14. Identify principles for monitoring online activity.

      15. Test the design by running elements of the method and submitting to peer review using a checklist.

      16. Apply methods to achieve engagement goals and objectives, including using effective communication skills, and test for appropriate sequencing.

      17. Design key messages and communication tools that build trust and integrity, and meet the needs of diverse audiences.

        Professional Certification/Credits

        Applying Methods for Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 20 CM

          June 3-6, 2024       1 PM – 5 PM ET

          Members $550 -- Regular $650 

          Last day to Register May 31, 2024 

          PLEASE NOTE: IAP2 USA members must be logged in to receive the member rate. International IAP2 members can contact info@iap2usa.org for a code to register. 

           — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

          **You must first complete Fundamentals of P2 before this course**

          Completion of IAP2 Foundations in P2: Planning For Effective Public Participation prior to 2023 also counts as a prerequisite for this course**

          PREREQUISITE COURSE

          #1 Fundamentals of Public Participation (2 - 4 hour sessions CM I 8 CM

          May 15 and 16, 2024

          Members $275 --  Regular $325


          Trainer: Kimberly Horndeski 

          • June 04, 2024
          • June 05, 2024
          • 2 sessions
          • Online with Trainer Cassie Hemphill

          Fundamentals of Public Participation

          *Fundamentals in P2 is the prerequisite course before taking Designing Public Participation and Applying Methods*


          The Fundamentals of Public Participation (P2) course is a prerequisite to other courses in the Global Learning Pathway that sets out the underpinning models and frameworks of engagement practice as defined by the IAP2 community. 

          The focus of this course is on understanding and applying the practices of meaningful and effective P2 and what participants need to know to do this well. The training explores best practices, and how to design and apply this knowledge to your P2.


          Couse Objectives

          By the end of this course participants will be able to:

          • Define P2 and related terms and what makes it unique

          • Identify what makes P2 meaningful, and reflect on the benefits, risks and myths related to P2

          • Identify the role that values play in P2 work, and the leadership attributes that will serve them in practice 

          • Reflect on and apply ethical leadership actions and abilities to P2 situations

          • Apply the Profiles of P2 model to P2, and explore organization- and community-led engagement and how that impacts the engagement process

          • Reflect on and apply the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and explore the roles and impacts of power and influence

          • Apply the IAP2 Spectrum to P2 situations and practice

          • Explore the Practice Framework as a tool for effective planning and process, and assess the quality of the process

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          Click Here to Register on trainers website! 

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          Professional Certification/Credits

          Cost:

          • Members $275
          • Regular/Non-Member $325

          Date/Time of Training:

          June 4 and 5, 2024 

          Schedule breakdown:

          • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM MST 
          • One hour lunch break 
          • 1:00 PM - 3:00PM MST 

          This is an IAP2 core training course delivered externally by an IAP2 licensed trainer. MUST REGISTER ON TRAINERS WEBSITE! 

          Click Here to Register on trainers website!

          Trainer: Cassie Hemphill 

          Cassie Hemphill has more than 25 years of experience in designing and leading public participation and engagement processes and projects. Her work has included environmental and natural resource management, healthcare delivery, education, and community-based human services. She has been creating and delivering remote and in-person training experiences for professionals and community members for more than 15 years. 

          Cassie has been involved with IAP2 since 2003. She helped create IAP2 USA’s Professional Certification program, assisted with updates and development of IAP2’s course materials, and has served on the USA and Intermountain Chapter boards. She currently serves as an IAP2 Licensing Programme Mentor, preparing candidates from around the world to become IAP2 Licensed Trainers. 

          Cassie’s Ph.D. research explored public/private collaboration in environmental management. Her M.A. research analyzed decision-makers' openness to public input. She has a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and is an IAP2 USA Certified Public Participation Practitioner (CP3), a Certified Mediator (CM), and a Certified Virtual Facilitator (CVF). 

          • June 06, 2024
          • June 07, 2024
          • 2 sessions
          • Online with Trainer Cassie Hemphill

          IAP2's Understanding People and Communities