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Frequently Asked Questions

Course Registration, Administration, and Logistics

What is the fastest way to register?

The fastest way to register is online, through our Learning Management System (LMS). Other options include registering by courier or mail.

What is the preferred method of registration?

The preferred method of registration is through our LMS. However, participants are welcome to register by courier or mail. Method of registration should, however, be considered when dealing with time restraints, in which case perspective participants should choose to register online.

How early should I register?

IP3 encourages participants to register as early as possible. It is important to register early as space may be limited in many of the courses. For those requiring visas, the earlier the registration the better to begin that process.

How late can I register?

It is best to register as early as possible to ensure space availability. However, space permitting, students may register at any time leading up to the start of the course.

How long will it be before I know whether or not my application has been accepted?

Applicants’ registration forms are reviewed within 2 to 5 days of receipt. Applicants will receive an update on the status of their applications within one week of registration.

Should I encourage my colleagues to register and attend as well?

Yes. Some of the most useful and practical capacity-building experiences take place when two or more professionals from the same organization attend a training course together. This enables them to implement tools and skills acquired at the training more immediately to their day-to-day work program.

Do I need a visa to attend IP3 training programs?

Visas are often required to enter the United States and other countries where IP3 implements training programs. Please make necessary arrangements with the relevant embassy/consulate in your country well in advance of your travel plans. Upon admission to a workshop, candidates will receive a letter of invitation, which can be used to assist in visa processing. Acceptance to attend the IP3 training program does not guarantee that participants will be granted a visa. It is the responsibility of the applicant to comply with the requirements set by the host country embassy/consulate in his/her locality. IP3 is unable to send direct correspondence to an embassy/consulate on the applicant’s behalf unless instructed to do so by the embassy/consulate.

To determine if you need a visa, please contact the relevant embassy/consulate in your country or visit the following website for visa requirement information: www.embassy-worldwide.com.

How will arrangements for lodging be made?

You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations. Accommodation recommendations will be provided in your acceptance package. Accommodation fees are not included in IP3’s tuition price.

Will IP3 make my travel arrangements?

No, participants are responsible for making travel arrangements to and from the course location.

Do I need to arrange my own transportation to and from the airport?

Yes. All participants are responsible for arranging and paying for transportation to and from the hotel for your arrival and departure. All other workshop related travel to and from site-visits and/or study tours will be arranged by and paid for by IP3.

When should I arrive to the program?

Participants are encouraged to arrive on the Saturday or Sunday before the course, in order to be on time for the Monday morning session.

Where do I go on the first day of the course?

The location of the workshop venue will be sent to you as part of Administrative Orientation Package once you are accepted to the program. Upon arrival, please check an announcement board in the lobby of the hotel or confirm with the hotel concierge the exact venue of the workshop.

Will breakfast and lunch be provided as part of the course?

Different hotels have different arrangements that may or may not include the cost of breakfast. IP3 will provide one lunch and one dinner reception as part of the course tuition. Participants will also receive a visa card in the amount of $150.00 to cover the cost of lunch during your stay.

Can I schedule professional meetings outside of the course?

IP3 encourages course participants to make use of their trips for other professional meetings. A training day normally consists of a morning (9:00 am -12:00 pm) and an afternoon (1:30 -4:30 pm) session. These times may differ vary to accommodate site visits and simulation exercises. You can schedule your professional meetings during lunch break from 12:00 am to 1:30 pm or after 4:30 pm. Participants may request IP3 assistance in scheduling meetings.

What arrangements do I need to make if my family is traveling with me?

Many IP3 participants come with their families. Please let IP3 know in advance so we can help you with any logistical arrangements to make their stay more comfortable.

Does IP3 provide computers as part of the course fee?

Participants will be provided with a computer to use in the classroom during the course.

Will I have Internet access?

Yes! The IP3 training facility has free high-speed Internet access for your use during the course. The hotel where you are staying may or may not have Internet access and may or may not charge you separately for this use. Please check with the front desk of your hotel upon your arrival.

Do I need to arrange my own transportation for site visits and study tours?

IP3 will make all necessary arrangements for workshop-related travel to site visits and during study tours by bus, plane, taxi or train. You are only responsible for arranging your taxi transportation to and from the hotel for your arrival and departure to the country.

Will there be opportunities for site seeing and other social events?

Yes. IP3 organizes social events for participants that may include receptions, site-seeing activities, and shopping excursions. Social events vary from course to course. Participants are also provided with information on cultural activities and site-seeing opportunities that they can pursue during leisure time.

General Training and Course Information

Are IP3 training courses suitable for public and private sector managers and executives?

Yes. IP3 training programs were designed to provide essential “skills and tools” for public and private sector managers. All of our programs are multidisciplinary and result in the overall enhancement of participants’ management capabilities as well as specialized skill strengthening.

IP3 training programs are well known for the use of case studies, simulations, and site visits.

What is the purpose of that methodology?

IP3 believes that the most effective training is practical and participatory. Qualified and seasoned professionals learn best when the training is challenging, job-related, and practical. Case studies, simulations, and study tours expose participants to real world issues and skills required to tackle real problems in their workplace.

IP3 offers programs in Washington D.C. (WDC) and in regional training venues around the world.

Are there differences between the DC programs and the regional programs?

IP3’s WDC programs are either one or two-weeks in duration. The WDC programs combine training sessions with “out of the classroom” site visits to important facilities and organizations. Furthermore, participants to our WDC programs are likely to represent a more global presence than our regional courses. Thus, the WDC programs are more comprehensive and experience based. Our regional programs, on the other hand, are more intensive. There is no difference in terms of practicality, quality, or benefit. WDC programs offer participants the chance to visit and learn in the United States while regional programs may offer a more convenient and cost-effective experience and the chance to visit and learn about the country where the regional course is being held.

Many of our staff need the training from IP3 but often do not have the English-language skills necessary to successfully complete the training. What are our options?

IP3 can accommodate non-English language speakers in our programs, if there are groups of participants sufficient enough to merit. In such cases, IP3 can arrange simultaneous translation services using advanced equipment. A modest additional fee would be charged for this service. Alternatively, we encourage non-English speaking participants to consider attending the appropriate regional programs offered in French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Bahasa Indonesia, or to arrange an on-site customized training program just for your organization.

Can IP3 provide training in our country for our organization?

IP3 has conducted scores of customized training programs around the world. If your organization would like a customized training program, IP3 can provide you with a draft concept proposal and budget. Graduates of customized training programs receive credits towards IP3’s Global Certification Credential.