The American Planning Association brings together thousands of people — practicing planners, citizens, elected officials — committed to making great communities happen.

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APA includes a professional institute for certified planners, 47 chapters, 20 divisions, and special memberships for students.


AICP is APA's professional institute, leading the way in requirements for certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of practice.


Chapters are members' local source for networking and professional development.


APA's divisions are communities of professionals who share your interests and understand your concerns.


APA offers a free year of membership to third-year undergraduate and first-year graduate students in PAB-accredited planning programs in the U.S.

New Professionals

Students who continue membership after school may qualify for new professional membership in APA. Find out about APA’s resources for new professionals.