Two modules, each focusing on one of the two major phases of public communication and participation – Planning and Techniques – offered over nine (9) 4 hour sessions in partnership with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

Minimum Class Size: 15 | Maximum Class Size: 25

Foundations in Public Participation – The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)

Public involvement and community engagement are constantly evolving. IAP2’s highly respected training program remains laser focused on what you need to know to design and deliver effective programs in the challenging times.

Both new and experienced community engagement practitioners will benefit from the skills, proven techniques, and knowledge that you’ll learn in this highly interactive training program.

Foundations in Public Participation will prepare you to hit the ground running, armed with the knowledge and confidence you need to plan and execute effective community engagement. The program is divided into two modules, Planning and Techniques, for effective public participation. Upon completion of both modules, you will receive a certificate from IAP2.

Designed by successful practitioners who engage diverse populations on controversial topics around the world, this comprehensive program is grounded in what you, your peers, and your mentors have told us about your training needs.

Completely revamped in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TPC is pleased to announce that we are ready to offer the International Association for Public Participation’s flagship Foundations Program ONLINE.  Module One introduces a proven method for planning effective public participation and Module Two equips students with 40+ diverse methods for accomplishing engagement objectives.  Both courses are delivered in half-day sessions full of interactive exercises and opportunities to get to work with your fellow students virtually.  Class size, as always, is limited to 20 students to provide the maximum opportunity to learn.

Modules Overview

Upcoming Dates


Current Course Rates as of June 2021

Foundations Both Modules 9- 4 hour sessions $1,600 $1,450
Planning* 5- 4 hour sessions $960 $870
Techniques 4- 4 hour sessions $640 $580


Member Rates


The Participation Company offers the following rates to active members of IAP2, ICMA and NCDD. These rates are valid through the last day of registration.

  • FULL WEEK (9- 4 hour sessions) Member Discount = $1,450
  • PLANNING* (5- 4 hour sessions) Member Discount = $870
  • TECHNIQUES (4-4 hour sessions) Member Discount = $580

For member discounts to apply, you must note AICP, IAP2, ICMA, or NCDD and your Member ID# in the COMMENTS box on the registration form, then choose the appropriate rate at checkout. Member rates are valid through the last day to register.

International Registration

(For those with a mailing/shipping address outside of the US.)

USPS, UPS and FEDEX will no longer guarantee shipments within their specific delivery schedules due to COVID-19. The sooner you register the more likely you will receive your manual(s) on time. Also the rates to ship are 4-5x more costly than shipping within the US, therefore anyone registering with a shipping address outside of the US will pay an additional $50 to cover a portion of the additional shipping fees. All participants with a shipping address outside of the US must be registered and paid not later than 15 Business Days in advance of the training event.

What to Expect after you register and pay:

Payment is due at registration. Manuals will not be shipped until payment is received. Manuals are mailed as early as fifteen (15) days in advance for International addresses, and as early as nine (9) days in advance for USA addresses. Manuals are expected to arrive during the week prior to training. An email with login instructions will be sent to you not less than two (2) business days before the start of the training.

If you need assistance, please contact us: 218-422-6432 or [email protected].

Register early, save with Early Bird pricing and help make this a successful event.

This not only saves you money and secures you a seat in a limited seating event (min 15, max 25), but it assists us in our planning because all training events require a minimum number of participants. Decisions for “go” or “no go” events are made not later than one (1) business day after the Early Bird Deadline. Decisions are based on registrations as of Early Bird Deadline. 

For complete details please view our Policies.

AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity. When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at

AICP Credit CM6 CM per training day completed.