The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is the American Planning Association's professional institute, providing recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice.
Read biographies of the certified planners elected to represent fellow AICP members on the AICP Commission.
The Fellows of AICP
Election to Fellow in AICP is one of the highest honors that the American Institute of Certified Planners bestows upon a member. It's a recognition of the achievements of the planner as an individual as a model planner who has made significant contributions to planning and society.
To become a certified planner entitled to use the AICP designation, APA members must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass a written examination. The AICP exam is given twice a year, in May and November.
The first step is to complete and submit an application and the exam fee by a specified deadline. Once your application is accepted, you may register to take the exam. Information about AICP can be found at http://www.planning.org/aicp
AICP Exam Update Email List
NCAC APA members interested in taking the AICP exam can receive a semi-monthly email update containing information on local and regional study sessions, study guides, deadlines, scholarship opportunities, etc. Contact Shannon Yadsko, NCAC APA's Professional Development Officer at email@example.com to receive these updates.
AICP Exam Frequently Asked Questions
AICP Exam Study Opportunities
Once accepted to take the test, candidates will be notified to register to take the exam at one of the test centers in the Washington metropolitan area. For more information, go to www.planning.org/certification/index.htm
The Chapter President's Council AICP Exam Preparation Manuals Are Available
The NCAC APA Chapter has copies of the 2007-2008 edition of the Chapter President's Council AICP Exam Prep Manual in pdf format. For more information, contact Arlova Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org
APA National Conference
Each year at the national conference, sessions are also devoted to a review for the exam. This review covers much of the same content as our local chapter review-though in a room with hundreds of people.
AICP will be holding a four-hour exam prep session from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the APA National Planning Conference in Minneapolis. This session is worthwhile attending if you plan to go anyway, but should not be the sole reason to go to an APA conference. Go to http://www.planning.org/certification/examprep/ for the handout materials from last year's National Conference AICP exam prep session.
The slides used for the 2006 San Antonio conference session and the 2007 Philadelphia Conference are available respectively at: http://www.washington-apa.org/career/aicp/ and http://www.planning.org/certification/
AICP Study Preparation Materials and Information
AICP offers a study guide, CD-ROMs, and other resources to prepare for the exam. Detailed information about these resources are available at the APA website.
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