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Member Input Improves Process to Become a Licensed Foundations Trainer

Friday, October 11, 2019  
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Applications to enter IAP2’s Foundations Trainer Preparation Program are being accepted

International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) has updated the process for individuals from around the world to apply to the Foundations Trainer Preparation Program. The program prepares individuals to be licensed to deliver IAP2 International’s 5 - day Foundations in Public Participation course.

“We listened to our members about what was working and what could be improved,” said Cassie Hemphill, IAP2 International’s Professional Development Manager. “The updated process is designed to be clearer and to increase access to the program.”

Applicants are assessed against seven criteria, including their depth and breadth of experiences as a public participation/engagement practitioner, their ability to apply IAP2’s Core Values, and their ability to facilitate adult learning. Applications are assessed by a Selection Panel against an established set of quality standards in a blind review process.

“The Selection Panel is critical to the success of the application process,” said Ellen Ernst, IAP2 Executive Manager. “Blind review by a panel with diverse perspectives and global representation ensures applicants are fairly and equitably assessed.”

Candidates accepted into the program gain deeper knowledge and understanding of the content of the Foundations course, and they learn how to deliver the course content. Participants also learn about best practices in adult teaching and learning. Throughout the program, each candidate is guided by a designated faculty mentor. The mentors are highly qualified experienced Licensed Foundations Trainers who provide deep knowledge of the course as well as multi-cultural perspectives, enriching the candidates’ learning experience.

The program is delivered on demand through IAP2’s online learning management system, which allows candidates from around the world to learn where they live and advance through the program at a pace that best meets their needs.

Click on the links below to learn more about IAP2’s Foundations Trainer Preparation Program:

For more information about the IAP2 Trainer Preparation Program, contact IAP2 international’s Professional Development 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.

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