As a Chapter service, Washington planners are invited to attend a series of webinars to be offered in 2017 by various APA Chapters. All sessions are free, offer CM credits, and will begin at 10:00 a.m. PST (1 p.m. ET).

  • September 15 - Urban Design and Preservation Division - Smartphone Photography - Speaker: Elody Crimi
    Join us for an exciting webcast to learn how to take great photos with your Smartphone camera (whether it’s an iPhone or Galaxy, Droid, etc.). Topics include: an introduction to the basic (and advanced) functions of your phone; how to use little know features to drastically improve your photography; an overview of the most important rules of composition and how/why they affect your photos (with plenty of examples).  Planners will be able to employ these skills to make better public presentations and more dynamic publications. 

  • October 6 - National Capital Chapter – Integrating LEED ND and SITES into Your Planning Approach – Speakers: Stephen Cook, ASLA, LEED AP O+M and Joshua Sloan, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP ND, SITES AP
    LEED ND establishes the contextual essentials to create communities with improved quality of life for residents, employees, and visitors. Likewise, SITES provides the foundational elements for sustainable landscapes in which we live, work, & play. With credits ranging from regional considerations to site details, LEED ND and SITES provide a mutually reinforcing set of tools creating a powerful framework for a design approach focused on sustainability. Using the LEED ND and SITES rating systems and the integrative design approach as a guide to the site planning and design process can provide numerous opportunities to address issues early on. Such a framework can also help the design team focus on critical elements at the proper design phase and establish performance metrics that guide decisions.  It is important, for example, that elements of LEED ND v4 “Smart Location and Linkage” are reviewed concurrently with SITES v2 “Site Context”: several credits overlap and, if integrated into the design process, can lead to both the achievement of the credits and a more economically viable solution.  Likewise, LEED ND v4 “Neighborhood Pattern and Design” credits have several parallel credits in SITES v2 – especially with “Human Health and Well-Being” – that can be capitalized on, but must be integrated into the design from the concept and schematic phases. We have developed a design framework based on the LEED ND v4 and SITES v2 rating systems into a working tool for our site planning and design approach for entitlement, design, and construction to lead our teams toward better planning design and project performance. And all planning projects, whether they become certified or not, can benefit from such an approach.

You can see the current listing of all webcasts at

CM credits can be claimed by looking up the sponsoring Chapter or Division as provider

Distance Education – these webcast recordings are approved for CM credit for viewing throughout 2016:

Short Course on Local Planning

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association is a partner in 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 practioners 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. Learn more

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. Learn more

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. Learn more

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. Learn more

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. Learn more

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. Learn more


Building Permit Survey

Research and survey findings about building permit turnaround times.

Conducted by 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.