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IAP2 Certificate in Public Participation


The International Association of Public Participation’s (IAP2) Certificate Program in Public Participation is intended to provide a broad-based learning experience covering all of the foundations of stakeholder engagement. Developed in consultation with practitioners from around the world, the training provides useful tools for designing and implementing effective stakeholder engagement programs.These tools are presented in an interactive and experiential learning environment that provides students with the opportunity to explore their own engagement challenges with the instructor and peers.


Upon completion of each of the following modules, students will receive credit from IAP2 recognizing their successful completion of that module. Upon completion of all three modules, students are awarded a Certificate in Public Participation from IAP2.

  • Planning for Effective Public Participation
  • Communications for Effective Public Participation
  • Techniques for Effective Public Participation



Public Participation for Decision Makers


This training helps decision makers get the best value from a public process. The session looks at the Foundations from a decision makers’ point of view and offers a perspective on how public participation can be integrated into the overall project plan. It examines at the costs and benefits of public participation, discusses when and why to not involve the public in an organizational decision, and emphasizes the importance of both the decision being made and the promise to the public about their involvement in that decision process. Finally, the session provides an overview of what the decision maker should know about the public participation practitioner’s role.



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