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Professional Recognition Program

Thank you to our IAP2A community for providing your feedback on the post-nominals program during our consultation period (completed 3 October). Stay tuned, as an update on the program will be announced soon.

Listening to the voice of the community is core to the work of engagement professionals and IAP2 Australasia is listening to the voice of our members. We’re hearing that our members want to be valued as professionals and one of our initiatives in response to this is a post-nominals program.  

Post-nominals are taking us the next step in evolving professional recognition for IAP2 Australasia members. Many associations have post-nominals as they recognise the individual expertise of members. Bringing post-nominals to this profession is one more way for IAP2 Australasia to advocate for the engagement sector.  

We need your feedback on the proposed post-nominals program to make it work for you. We’re aiming to launch the first stage of the inaugural program at the 2021 Conference and will then work with our members to improve it in practice.  

This page has everything you need to learn more about the program and how to give your feedback including three videos:

  • Tony Clark speaks to the big picture of the program
  • Developing our approach, presented by Marion Short
  • A brief explainer of the proposed post-nominals program.

What is the professional recognition program?

 

Post-nominals – letters after your name – are a key way for broader networks to recognise your membership of a profession.  

The program has been developed through an evidence-based approach, consultation with subject matter experts and significant desk-top research including reviews of other Australasian post-nominal programs.  

We have been cautious to identify and design-out potential pitfalls such as being administratively burdensome, expensive to run, onerous to apply for, overly complex or of insufficient value to members. Our proposed approach is strategically simple, sustainable to implement and based on trust with our members.  

There are six levels:  

  • AIAP2 – Associate (Student)  
  • MIAP2 – Member  
  • GIAP2 – Graduate  
  • PIAP2 – Professional 
  • FIAP2 – Fellow  
  • HIAP2 – Honorary Fellow 

We are proposing a program that:  

  • aligns with IAP2 membership 
  • includes a hierarchy that recognises seniority, ongoing professional development and contribution to the profession 
  • balances complexity and resourcing requirements for the most streamlined approach to gaining post-nominals
  • has automatic recognition of Associate, Member and Graduate classes of post-nominal (AIAP2, MIAP2 and GIAP2) 
  • includes an application fee for one key class – the Professional post-nominal (PIAP2) as this class and the Fellow class (FIAP2) will be assessed by an independent panel 

 

  • requires holders of all post-nominals to meet professional standards of behaviour including principles of professionalism 
  • requires demonstration of professional competence for Professionals and Fellows
  • introduces terms and conditions that apply to participation in the post-nominals program (in addition to IAP2A membership conditions) 
  • will continuously improve with each iteration, based on participant feedback.  

Key documents 

Post-nominals at a glance

Post-nominals criteria

Stage 1

AIAP2 | Associate

An Associate member is a student member, or other IAP2 members who have not met the CPD requirements of their class.

The CPD requirement does not apply as a prerequisite for eligibility to admission into, or for membership renewal of the class of Associate.

  • Post-nominal: AIAP2
  • Class: Associate
  • Stage: 1
  • Process: System Automated

MIAP2 | Member

A Member is a current financial member. To be eligible to renew membership with IAP2A into the class of Member, an existing Member must fulfil the CPD requirements of this class.

A MIAP2 is required to achieve 40 CPD points over three years. To be introduced from 1 July 2022.

  • Post-nominal: MIAP2
  • Class: Member
  • Stage: 1
  • Process: System Automated

GIAP2 | Graduate

A Graduate has successfully completed an IAP2 course, being 5 days of study and includes:

  • Certificate in Engagement
  • Certificate in Engagement (Advanced)
  • Foundations in Public Participation (and predecessor)

To be eligible to renew membership with IAP2A into the class of Graduate Member, an existing Graduate Member must fulfil the CPD requirements of this class.

A GIAP2 is required to achieve 60 CPD points over three years. To be introduced from 1 July 2022.

  • Post-nominal: GIAP2
  • Class: Graduate
  • Stage: 1
  • Process: System Automated

Stage 2

PIA2 | Professional

Admission as a Professional is by application only and is to include references from three current Professionals or Fellows (all classes) of IAP2A.  For the initial applications references are to be from IAP2 members of stature, being current and past Directors, Ambassadors and Trainers.

Professionals are required to have been a member for at least the last three consecutive years and have at least five years’ engagement/P2 experience at a senior level.

Professionals must demonstrate and maintain they have the required skills, knowledge, experience and good standing and professionalism expected by IAP2 for the class of Professional (the Standards).

From time to time the Board may consider automatic entry to Professional to recognise exemplary practice and service, such as retiring Directors, or major Core Value Award Winners, at their discretion.

To be eligible to renew membership with IAP2A into the class of Professional Member, an existing Professional Member must fulfil the CPD requirements and meet the Standards of this class.

Professional Members need to retain their status and by reapplying every 3 years.

A PIAP2 is required to achieve 60 CPD points over three years. To be introduced from 1 July 2022.

  • Post-nominal: PIAP2
  • Class: Professional
  • Stage: 2
  • Process: Application with fee

PIA2 | Professional application process

FIA2 | Fellow

Admission as a Fellow is by nomination to the Board of Directors only and is to include references from three current Fellows (all classes) or current or past Directors of IAP2A.

Fellows of IAP2 are any person who have been eminent in the field of engagement/P2 and who have provided distinguished service to IAP2 Australasia. Fellows are required to have been a member for at least the last three consecutive years.

Fellows must demonstrate and maintain they have the required skills, knowledge, experience and good standing and professionalism expected by IAP2 (the Standards).

From time to time the Board may consider automatic entry to Professional to recognise exemplary practice and service, such as retiring Ambassadors and Directors.

The CPD requirement does not apply as a prerequisite for eligibility to admission into, or for membership renewal of the class of Fellow.

  • Post-nominal: FIAP2
  • Class: Fellow
  • Stage: 2
  • Process: Nomination

HIA2 | Honorary Fellow

Admission as an Honorary Fellow is by invitation of the Board of Directors only.

Honorary Fellows of IAP2 are any person who has been eminent in the field of engagement/P2 and who has provided distinguished service to IAP2 Australasia and to engagement/P2 throughout Australasia (Affiliate Region) and/or globally.

Honorary Fellows are required to have been a member for at least the last five consecutive years.

Fellows must demonstrate and maintain they have the required skills, knowledge, experience and good standing and professionalism expected by IAP2 (the Standards).

The CPD requirement does not apply as a prerequisite for eligibility to admission into, or for membership renewal of the class of Honorary Fellow.

  • Post-nominal: HIAP2
  • Class: Honorary Fellow
  • Stage: 2
  • Process: Invitation

FAQs

Membership

What happens to current life members?

There are currently two life members. We propose that they are invited by the IAP2A Board to become Honorary fellows (HAIP2).

What if my membership is through my employer?

You will automatically receive Associate, Graduate or Member post-nominals (whichever is relevant to you personally) but you must be an individual member in order to hold Professional, Fellow and Honorary post-nominals (noting that membership is free of charge for Honorary Fellows).

Do I have to be a current IAP2A member to be entitled to hold any of the post-nominals?

If you meet the requirements for a current Student Membership you will automatically qualify to receive Associate post-nominals. You must be a current financial member to receive Member, Graduate, Professional or Fellow post-nominals.

If I am a current Student member and have gained sufficient training to be recognised as a Graduate, will I be assigned the Graduate post-nominal?

No, only current financial members who meet the requirements for Graduate status will be assigned Graduate post-nominals. As Student membership is free of charge, all individuals that fall within this category, regardless of qualifications and training gained, will be assigned Associate post-nominal status.

Ambassador program

What happened to the Ambassador Program? What will happen to the Ambassadors now?

In 2016, we appointed 27 IAP2A Ambassadors for a two-year term as our inaugural Ambassadors. We’ve experienced significant growth and change since then and are very grateful that our Ambassadors continued in their roles in this time. 

Having undertaken a review of the Ambassador Program, we now have a better understanding of what members were seeking from it. We also have a clearer vision of how we can support professional recognition of members, and how this can be more strongly aligned with the IAP2A purpose and strategic plan.  

The Ambassadors will be invited to apply for Professional post-nominals in the inaugural round of the program.

Professional post-nominal

Where did the 12 competencies come from? Why these 12?

The Advanced Level of the IAP2 Core Competencies has a total of 68 competencies across the seven competency areas.  The Australasian Professional Development Committee Chair and its Members, reviewed these and identified the most important competencies to be addressed by applicants for Professional Post-Nominals.

 

Why is the Professional category being launched in stage 2?

Stage one of the Post-Nominals Program includes Associate, Graduate and Member classes. These are likely to apply to the greatest proportion of members and will be the most straightforward to implement. The more complex, higher order classes of Professional, Fellow and Honorary Fellow will be opened when processes have bedded down for the other classes.

Why is there a fee for the Professional category?

Implementing the program will require additional expert resources to ensure quality assessment and decision-making. The required level of specialist engagement knowledge and time to review applications is beyond the scope of IAP2 Australasia’s staff resourcing. An assessment panel will be recruited to provide this service; the panel will comprise industry professionals who will be renumerated for their time and expertise.

Standards

What are the Standards that we are required to adhere to?

The Standards for Professional Recognition set out the professional behaviours that are expected of post-nominal holders of all classes and the professional competencies that must be demonstrated by Professionals and Fellows. There will be consequences for post-nominals when members no longer meet the Standards including dispute resolution and disciplinary processes. These are available for review in the proposed Standards for Professional Recognition along with principles of professionalism and required competencies.