AICP

Study Manuals Available!

The APA Chapter Presidents' Council (CPC) Study Manual for the AICP Examination (CD-ROM) is available through the APA Washington office. They can be purchased using the Online Order Form for $15 +$3 shipping.

AICP Exam Study Resources

Test takers should focus on being familiar with the topics outlined in the exam subject matter summary. In addition, AICP provides some information on exam preparation that shouldn't be overlooked, including lists of recommended readings and a simulation of the computerized testing. 

Here are a couple of other resources:


Upcoming AICP Exam Application Deadlines

NOTE: If you are considering taking the November exam, it is strongly recommended that you review the resources provided by APA regarding what they expect to see in an application. Please take the time to review the Application Tips and the Application Reviewer Sheet. If possible, submit your application by the June 6th Early Bird Deadline. If APA finds your application deficient, you can then modify it using the comment they provide, and resubmit it within the same testing cycle.

November Exam  
Application Window Opens June 1, 2017
Early Bird Deadline June 6, 2017 (11:59 pm CT)
Final Application Deadline June 30, 2017 (11:59 pm CT)
Testing Window November 6-20, 2017

Advanced Specialty Certification (ASC)

AICP planners interested with a specialized focus in Transportation, Urban Design, or Environmental Planning may want to consider pursuing an advanced certification in these fields. Learn more about the ASC exams. 

AICP Exam Cost Reimbursable Under GI Bill

Since 2001, military veterans (and their surviving dependents) can ask the Veterans Administration to reimburse the AICP exam fee. Read additional information on the GI Bill Education Benefits Program, or send an e-mail to AICPexam@planning.org.

Certification Maintenance (CM)

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 1.5 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 30th.   

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

  • Attending an activity from a registered CM provider (e.g., workshops, lectures, 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
  • AND COMING SOON – By participating in qualifying volunteer activities (details to follow)

Click these links to learn more about CM program basics, criteria required for CM training and how to become a registered provider.

For information on upcoming CM activities, see the APA Washington Events and training Calendar and the CM search page on the APA Website

Learn how to claim and record log your CM credits.

AICP/CM Questions?

Please contact Chapter Professional Development Officer, Nancy Eklund, AICP with any questions.