Certificate, Certified, Certification ...
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
... subtle differences within the work of IAP2
IAP2 works to advance the practice of public participation by organizing and conducting professional development activities to serve the learning needs of members. Participants who completed the Certificate in Public Participation training (subsequently revised and renamed the Foundations in Public Participation program in 2016) received a certificate of completion to demonstrate they had completed the program. Over time people began to use the certificate to make the claim that they were certified public participation professionals. This article lays out the framework for how the words Certificate, Certified, and Certification are used within the work of IAP2.
- How to cite course completions. Students who attend our 5-day Foundations in Effective Public Participation course and our 2-day Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation receive a "certificate of completion." These certificates acknowledge attendance but do not reflect the kinds of formal knowledge and skills assessments that would be required for licensure or professional certification. At the same time, to say that you’ve completed the course has great value in the international community of public participation practitioners. Appropriate citations for course completion would be:
- Foundations in Public Participation, completed May 2018
- Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage, completed June 2018
Completion of the Foundations program is a prerequisite for the North American Professional Certification program, and for application to the International Trainer Development program to be licensed to deliver the Foundations in Public Participation courses.
- Professional Certification in North America is a rigorous 3-step assessment process that includes a written application, a written case study response, and a 1.5-day in-person assessment center with both knowledge and skill assessments. The program evaluates candidates’ within 5 core competencies as assessed using multiple criteria. The assessment is conducted by a team of assessors, and is open to anyone who has completed the IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation training and is a member of IAP2. The US and Canadian affiliates programs are almost identical; however, the Canadian program includes two criteria for engaging with indigenous populations. More information about the North American Professional Certification programs is available on the IAP2 USA and IAP2 Canada websites. We expect assessment to be available in Southern Africa in the near future.
- The IAP2 Trainer Development Program is an in-depth program suitable for highly-qualified P2 practitioners with adult training experience who want to become licensed to deliver IAP2 courses. The trainer development program is a 6-12 month process that includes a written application, a series of online classes, in-person intensive training, and co-delivery of the entire course with a licensed trainer. Trainees receive coaching and assessment throughout the program under highly qualified IAP2 faculty. IAP2 currently offers two trainer development programs: one for licensing trainers to deliver the Foundations program and one for licensing trainers to deliver Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage course. Completion of the Foundations program is a prerequisite for application to the Foundations Trainer Development program. Similarly, completion of the Outrage course is a prerequisite for the Outrage Trainer Development program. You can register to receive updates about the trainer development programs at IAP2 Trainer Interest Form.
We appreciate your interest in IAP2 and in advocating for effective public participation. Please let us know if you have additional questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.