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Wednesday, March 14, 2018  
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IAP2 Federation Improves Process to Become an IAP2 Foundations Licensed Trainer

March 14, 2018

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Why did IAP2 decide to revise the process to become an IAP2 Foundations Licensed Trainer?

In 2017, IAP2 piloted a new process for becoming a Foundations Licensed Trainer. Throughout 2017, feedback on the process was collected from applicants, faculty, trainer candidates, and staff. IAP2 has used that feedback to re-design the first two steps to increase efficiency and provide more transparency for applicants. IAP2 will continue to incorporate feedback from the 2017 pilot and the redesigned 2018 program to be responsive to its members’ needs and improve its processes. The curriculum is still being developed. More details will available in summer 2018.

The new process introduces four main changes:

  • IAP2’s online classes are open to everyone who has completed the 5-day Foundations program.

  • IAP2's online classes respond to your requests for a refresher. Students in the classes will review and update the knowledge they gained when they originally completed the Foundations program. The classes also will prepare students for the entrance exam, the first step in IAP2’s Foundations Trainer Development Program.

  • IAP2’s online classes are offered in a synchronous format. Students can participate from anywhere in the world. Learning in a collaborative environment fosters a sense of community. The format also helps IAP2 keep the classes affordable.

  • IAP2’s online classes are a la carte. Students can take the complete series in order or choose only the classes they want or need. Classes will be repeated on a regular basis, providing our members the flexibility they need to fit continuing education into their existing life commitments.

Registration for the Foundations online classes will open soon. Click here to get updates and ensure you don’t miss out.

IAP2 will soon announce details for its Outrage trainer development program. Click here to get updates about the Outrage program and ensure you don’t miss out.

For further information or questions about IAP2’s Trainer Development programs, 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.

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