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2017 Train-the-Trainer Program Opened for Applications

Wednesday, February 1, 2017  
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Applications to Become an IAP2 Licensed Trainer Are Now Open!

IAP2 Foundations Program

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February 1, 2017 – The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2 Federation) is now accepting applications from individuals in the field of public engagement who are interested in becoming licensed to deliver the IAP2 international training program, Foundations in Public Participation.

The Train-the-Trainer (T3) program has been refreshed during the past year with the guidance of SBM Consultants (Canada) and IAP2 volunteer Steering Committee members: Jan Bloomfield, Anne Carroll, Kylie Cochrane, Anne Harding, Gale Simpson, and Erika Du Plessis, along with input from subject matter experts among the IAP2 training community.

Candidates in the new T3 program, working through the process in a cohort led by experienced IAP2 Foundations Instructors, will develop a thorough understanding of the Foundations course content and principles of adult education, hone their skills and delivery techniques via in-person training and practice sessions, acquire practical experience co-training with an IAP2 Licensed Trainer, and receive mentoring support through their first year as a Trainer.

“IAP2 recognizes there are growing opportunities for advancing the practice of public participation internationally. The IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation program is a key element of the strategy to accomplish the mission of IAP2,” said Noreen Rude, IAP2 Federation Presiding Member. The objectives of the T3 program are to serve current and new markets, expand the reach to practitioners who speak a language other than English, and benefit IAP2 members by ensuring the availability of high quality, effective public participation training around the world.

Applications for the first cohort are being accepted through March 31, 2017 for training to begin in mid-June 2017. The complete packet of materials includes the Trainer Candidate Handbook and Trainer Candidate Application Form.


Applications for Trainer Candidates Closed 31 March 2017

New! Watch the IAP2 webinar for interested applicants.

View the webinar recording or review the presentation slides to learn more!

Are you ready?

The Trainer Candidate Handbook will provide you with a comprehensive picture of the process of becoming an IAP2 Licensed Trainer for the Foundations in Public Participation Program. At the end of the Handbook you will find a Self-Assessment form (Section G), which will help you decide whether you are ready to take the steps required on the journey to becoming an IAP2 Foundations Licensed Trainer. Click here to take the Applicant Self-Assessment online.


Please review the Fees section of the Trainer Candidate Handbook prior to making your final decision to apply. When you are ready to submit your application, click here to make your initial payment.


For further information or questions about the IAP2 Train-the-Trainer program, contact Cassandra Hemphill, IAP2 Federation Professional Development Manager at

For general information about IAP2, contact Ellen Ernst, IAP2 Federation Executive Manager at

About IAP2

IAP2 is an international association of members who seek to promote and improve the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that affect the public interest in nations throughout the world. IAP2 carries out its mission by organizing and conducting activities to:

  • Serve the learning needs of members through events, publications, and communication technology;
  • Advocate for public participation throughout the world;
  • Promote a results-oriented research agenda and use research to support educational and advocacy goals;
  • Provide technical assistance to improve public participation.