Certification Maintenance

All AICP planners must participate in mandatory continuing education to maintain their certification.  AICP members must earn a total of 32 CM credit-hours (including CMs for both Planning Law and Planning Ethics training) within their two-year reporting period. If not all credits are logged within that period, members may log their credits during the grace period ending on April 30.

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.

Credits may be earned from a variety of eligible activities, including:

  • Attending an activity from a registered CM provider (e.g., workshops, lectures, webinars, online courses, etc.).
  • By speaking/instructing at an activity that is registered for CM credit
  • By self-reporting attendance or speaking / instructing at an activity that is not registered for CM credit by the provider but meets CM criteria and is approved by APA staff.
  • By authoring an article that meets AICP criteria
  • By participating in qualifying volunteer activities.
  • Click here for further information.
  • And don’t forget to claim and log your credits! Click here for tips on how to claim and record log your CM credits.

Click these links to learn more about CM program basicscriteria required for CM training, and how to become a registered provider. For CM requests, contact the Chapter Professional Development Officer.

For information on upcoming CM activities, see the OAPA Events page and Webinars page, including on-demand webinars, and the CM search page on the APA Website.