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IAP2 Certificate in Public Participation

January 8 - February 1, 2024

We are happy to announce that we are once again able to offer the IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation training, an internationally recognized community and stakeholder engagement training offered to non-profit housing organizations from across the province.

Program generously sponsored by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.



January 8 - February 1, 2024


9:30am - 12:30pm (PST)

Member Cost:


Registration Start/End Date:

Registration closes December 15, 2023. Please email if you have questions.

Are you interested in learning communication for effective and authentic stakeholder engagement? IAP2 Training will provide you with the tools needed to move your projects forward in a timely, cost-effective way. Learn how to apply the elements of successful engagement planning, ensuring dialogue is positive, respectful and productive, by participating in our IAP2 Certificate in Public Participation program.

The training is particularly relevant for anyone in the non-profit housing sector that is leading any internal or external engagement initiatives, and who needs to develop positive and supportive relationships with their tenants, neighbours and the wider community.

The course will be customized with content, guest speakers and case studies from the non-profit housing sector, using participants’ examples. While the course focuses on supporting non-profits who are embarking on new developments, the skills and knowledge apply across all engagement initiatives.

Participants will learn a proven structure that will greatly increase the odds of a successful public participation and planning. Participants will also get the opportunity to learn and practice specific engagement techniques and how to align these to the engagement outcomes.

At the end of this training, participants will receive a certificate issued by the IAP2 Canada Federation.

“The IAP2 process is an invaluable resource to have at your fingertips and the facilitators were really able to bring it to life with their experience and enthusiasm.”

– Participant in BCNPHA’s 2020 IAP2 course

IAP2 Training Overview

Participation is required in all three modules (30 hours) of the Certificate program: Fundamentals of P2 and Engagement, Designing P2 and Engagement, and Applying Methods. 

Modules will be delivered virtually via Zoom.

Fundamentals of P2 and Engagement

January 8 and 9, 2024

6 hours of facilitated online training over two days

  • Sessions run Monday and Tuesday
  • Sessions run daily from 9:30 – 12:30 p.m. (PST)
  • This is the prerequisite course that must be taken before any iAP2 courses.

Designing P2 and Engagement

January 15 – 18, 2024

12 hours of facilitated online training over four days

  • Sessions run Monday through Thursday.
  • Sessions run daily from 9:30 – 12:30 p.m. (PST)
  • This course is all about planning and designing engagement

Applying Methods

January 29 – February 1, 2024

12 hours of facilitated online training over four days

  • Sessions run Monday through Thursday.
  • Sessions run daily from 9:30 – 12:30 p.m. (PST)
  • This course is all about methods of engagement. This is highly interactive in demonstrating a variety of methods.

Participant Fee: $300 + tax.
(Standard cost for this course would be $2,325 + tax.)

About the Training: The International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Foundations in Public Participation training will be provided by licensed IAP2 trainers from Delaney, the engagement people – a national engagement firm who delivered this training on behalf of BCNPHA and Vancity, to great reviews, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2002. Delaney provides IAP2 training across the country, bringing their many years of engagement consulting experience to the classroom, including work with the City of Vancouver and other housing projects.

Participants will receive:

  • Digital copies of the IAP2 Fundamentals of P2 and Engagement, Designing P2 and Engagement and the Applying Methods manuals
  • A certificate of completion for each of the three modules
  • An iap2 certificate of completion called the Certificate in Public Participation


This training is reserved for BC non-profit housing organizations (preference will be given to BCNPHA members). Attendees should be in a community engagement, communication or engagement position within their organization and would likely be designing or implementing an engagement project.

It will be particularly helpful for organizations developing a property or looking towards (re)development, however the skills gained will apply to all engagement scenarios.

Seating is limited in order to provide a highly individualized and interactive learning environment. Registration is limited to one attendee per organization.

The registration deadline is Friday, December 15, 2023

Please note

This is a highly-subsidized course. Once payment is made, it is non-refundable, unless a substitute from the organization is found.

What Previous Participants have Said…

“My experience with the IAP2 Public Participation course was extremely valuable to me in my work. In my role I engage with residents of our buildings and with our local service providers and community groups. The information and techniques provided in the training will help me set the foundation for ongoing collaboration with these groups. Working with others from non-profit housing across BC and other provinces enhanced the training for me as there was familiarity in our shared experiences. ”

– Participant in BCNPHA’s 2021 IAP2 course

“I would highly recommend the training to others. It has provided me with skills to use in my daily life when working with colleagues and other community/government organizations. It has provided me with a deeper understanding and skill set with how to engage using a collaborative approach vs engaging in an oppositional/antagonistic one.”

Participant in BCNPHA’s 2020 IAP2 course

“The IAP2 Foundations, planning and techniques was amazing, and Jessica Delaney was the best facilitator I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I will be taking all of the lessons I have learned through my organization with excitement!”

– Participant in BCNPHA’s 2020 IAP2 course

“People want and need to be engaged.”

– IAP2 International