AICP Certification


Know Your AICP

To become a certified planner, entitled to use the AICP designation, American Planning Association (APA) members must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass a written examination. The AICP Certification Exam is given twice each year, in May and November.

All AICP members must participate in mandatory continuing education to maintain their certification. AICP members must earn a total of 32 CM credit-hours (including specific credit requirements for both Planning Law and Planning Ethics training) within their two-year reporting period.

New Mandatory Credits – Beginning January 1, 2022, AICP members will be able to start logging two new mandatory credits in addition to Law and Ethics. One of the new mandatory credits is Equity, which will help planners build their skillsets in an area that is of pressing and lasting concern to communities across the country.

The other new credit is a targeted topic, which allows the AICP Commission to rotate the topic as they deem appropriate to reflect the professional development needs of planners in a rapidly changing world. The topic for this targeted credit beginning January 1, 2022, will be Sustainability and Resilience, recognizing the growing need for planners to help their communities prepare for issues like climate change, sustainable development, and hazard resilience.

One Path to AICP

In late 2021 and into 2022 APA is developing the One Path to AICP.  Below is information on this:

December 2021:

 Spring 2022: For the first certification cycle, we will focus promotion of One Path to APA members anticipating beginning their journey or those already in the process of achieving certification. This will allow us to use the new platform and supporting materials, and make adjustments if needed to best serve the needs of a wider audience.

Fall 2022: We will shape a thoughtful outreach plan, which will include specific opportunities for each of the components to get involved. This plan will target the following four new populations:

    • Early career planners  
    • Non-traditional planners  
    • Planners with allied degrees 
    • Allied professionals who practice planning  

Students and New Graduates

Students and graduates of PAB accredited programs can now enroll in the AICP Candidate Pilot Program and take the AICP exam prior to earning the full number of years of professional planning experience. Click here to learn more!  Note: A simplified certification process is coming Spring 2022. During the transition, some steps of the AICP Candidate Pilot Program process may be unavailable. Check back for more information late this fall.

For More Information

Contact Li Alligood, AICP LEED AP ND,  Chapter Professional Development Officer, for more information on AICP certification and maintenance questions.

2019 AICP Exam Prep Q&A