Engagement Training

Since 2009 Tanya has been a provider of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Foundations Training and Certificate for clients around the world. She has delivered training in person throughout the UK, Asia-Pacific region (Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam), EU (Ireland, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal), Africa (Ghana, South Africa), Yemen and Kazakhstan. Online delivery since 2020 has reached participants in another 20+ countries.

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 around the world. For more on IAP2 visit the IAP2 website.

Tanya also regularly delivers training for various professional associations, bringing together and exploring different international frameworks and approaches to best practice impact assessment and public participation. This includes training at International Association for Impact Assessment annual conferences – with the next training for IAIA is scheduled for 9,11,16&18 July 2024 (register here for online).

Tanya also delivers bespoke training for the Planning Institute of Australia, with next delivery scheduled for 24&25 June 2024 (register here).

Effective Engagement in Impact Assessment – Working to International Good Practice Standards

This training explores the costs and benefits of public participation for the proponent and all stakeholders. This includes a full understanding of who stakeholders are, how to identify and reach them; applying the IAP2 pillars (Core Values, Code of Ethics, Spectrum of Public Participation) to your entire process; and understanding different technique formats, when and why to use different techniques, technique role play and insights. Working with case studies, the course draws these principles together with the IAIA Best Practice Principles and FasTips to hone participants’ skills in effective engagement in impact assessment – planning for, delivering, and evaluating engagement in impact assessment.

The next IAIA training is taking place over 4-days – 9,11,16&18 July 2024. The 4-day program costs $480USD for IAIA Members and $580USD for non-members.

To enquire or pre-register for 2024 training, please email tanya@burdettassociates.com.au or register online here.

IAP2 Certificate in Public Participation

The IAP2 Certificate Program in Public Participation provides practitioners at all levels with a broad-based learning experience covering all the foundations of public participation.  Based on internationally recognised IAP2 Global Learning Pathway, the training is designed to provide the fundamentals of public participation that practitioners from around the world can use to implement customised and effective programs. There are three core modules in the Certificate:

  1. Fundamentals of Engagement (for those new to participation) OR IAP2 Way in Challenging Contexts (for intermediate learners) (these 1-day courses are pre-requisite for next modules)
  2. Designing P2/Engagement (2 day course in-person or over several days online)
  3. Applying Methods (2 day course in-person or over several days online)

If you would like to undertake the IAP2 Certificate Program training, please get in touch – we are prioritising in-house training in 2024 and can provide a bespoke quote for your in-house training needs.

To enquire or pre-register for 2024 training, please email tanya@burdettassociates.com.au or register online here.


In 2011, I successfully completed the IAP2 Certificate Programme Training. The Trainers were extremely knowledgeable and generous. This was a truly remarkable experience

Ros Griffiths, Social Entrepreneur

I would highly recommend IAP2 for those actively doing consultation with the public and other stakeholders. Tanya had a wealth of experience to share and the course was insightful with a lot of interaction and role playing.

Lucy Hayward-Speight, IAP2 course participant 2013

Tanya is is brilliant at what she does. She is passionate about public participation; well organised and a clear headed decision-maker. Her contribution, over many years, to the work of the other Directors of IAP2 UK/Ireland and to the establishment and growth of the Company ensured it received high quality professional attention when it was needed most. I have no hesitation in endorsing Tanya.

Geoff Fagan, CEO, The CADISPA Trust – July 2010

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