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As a Chapter service, Washington planners are invited to attend a series of webinars to be offered in 2019 by various APA Chapters. All sessions are free, offer CM credits, and will begin at 10:00 a.m. PST (1 p.m. ET). 

8/23/2019 Lean Thinking Before, During, and After Your Planning Process
9/6/2019 Public Art and Artists' Property Rights
9/13/2019 Bus Rapid Transit: Insight on Project Development and Implementation
9/20/2019 [Save the Date!]
10/11/2019 Integrating Urban & Regional Sustainability Planning
(11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PT)
10/18/2019 Path as Place: The Experiential Side of Transportation
10/25/2019 [Save the Date!]
11/1/2019 Sea Level Rise 101: How to Select & Use Sea Level Rise Data for Planning and Policy
11/8/2019 [Save the Date!]
11/15/2019 [Save the Date!]


See the Event Calendar for upcoming webinars and continuing education opportunities. Also, follow us on Facebook page for last-minute education opportunities. 

Short Course on Local Planning

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association is a partner in the Department of Commerce’s Short Course on Local Planning program that brings basic planning education to communities around the state, every year. Please visit the Short Course web page for the most up-to-date list of all short course offerings.


Planning Schools in Washington State

Distance Planning Education at Ohio State University

The Planning Education at a Distance program is brand new and offers online continuing education classes for planning practitioners and public officials.

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University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education

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Graduate Certificate in Climate Science

The Program on Climate Change amplifies the University of Washington’s range of expertise in climate-related fields. The Graduate Certificate in Climate Science (GCeCS) was created to provide an interdisciplinary training in methods, research issues, and communication of climate science that enhances the scientific breadth and professional employability of GCeCS awardees. The certificate combines the PCC courses, specifically designed to address the cross-linkages in the earth system that disciplinary curricula are not able to do, with a capstone in Climate Science Communication. 

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Certificate in Construction Management (online)

Master the fundamentals of construction management. Learn the principles of commercial cost estimating, including methods for developing a personal estimating manual and cost estimating techniques for the medium-sized general contractor. Explore the principles, practices, and techniques of planning, scheduling and controlling construction projects. Focus on accident prevention through construction safety techniques. Analyze and debate case studies depicting actual events in construction project management. Developed in partnership with UW College of Built Environments.

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Certificate in Green Stormwater Infrastructure Design and Management (online or Seattle)

Expand your technical skills with training in green infrastructure practices that improve water quality by using the natural environment, soil, and vegetation to reduce pollution caused by untreated stormwater entering our waterways.

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Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning and Livable Communities (online)

Examine the important issues involved in sustainable transportation planning. Review policies and programs that encourage mixed-use and higher density levels designed to promote transportation modes other than the single occupancy vehicle. Study the impact that transportation options have on the quality of service, the environment, and sustainability. Explore the movement of goods, various freight options and the strategies for making them more sustainable. Learn about the legal and legislative issues surrounding sustainable transportation policy. Developed in partnership with the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

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Master in Geographic Information Systems: Sustainability Management (online)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be an integral part of a design process to develop sustainable solutions, which balance economic, social and environmental considerations, for the world's most challenging problems. Graduates of this master’s degree program will learn how to design a sustainable world with GIS by modeling complex land, transportation and resource problems using geospatial technologies and sustainability management workflows. Developed in partnership with the UW Department of Geography. 

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Master in Infrastructure Planning & Management (online)

Protect, Prepare, Adapt. Students in the Master’s in Infrastructure Planning and Management degree program will learn a blend of skills in analysis, strategic planning, and emergency management to implement plans that increase infrastructure resilience. Explore how threats such as extreme natural events, climate change, accidents, and terrorism impact interconnected and complex infrastructure systems. Developed in partnership with the UW College of Built Environments.

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Master of Sustainable Transportation (online)

Explore sustainable transportation planning and policy, and analyze the growing interest in transportation’s environmental, social, energy and economic impacts on our society. Developed in partnership with the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

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Building Permit Survey

Research and survey findings of building permit turnaround times.

Conducted by the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) of Washington in October 2001. Contact John W. Carpita, P.E. if you have questions.

Unified Development Code

How To Write a Unified Development Code Incorporating Regulatory Reform by Steve Ladd, AICP.


Leading Edge Practices for Regional and Local Freight Plans