CM Program Overview and History

What is Certification Maintenance?

On January 1, 2008, it became required for all professional planners who are members of APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), to engage in mandatory continuing education.AICP members must earn a total of 32 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits every two years to maintain their AICP credential.

The Certification Maintenance program links certified planners to training opportunities that will keep them up-to-date with the latest trends, technologies, and best practices.

Continuing education activities and events that will provide these CM credits must be approved by APA. All education providers, including APA and its chapters and divisions, must register with APA/AICP to become CM providers.

When you register to become a CM provider, we'll market your activities so all AICP members know about your CM-approved activities through our online calendar of events. You will also be included in our online directory of CM providers.

Whether you're hosting a conference, workshop, lecture, or web-based training (i.e. online course, webcast, podcast, etc.) this is your opportunity to reach more than 16,000 professional planners who are looking for professional development activities.

Who is eligible to be a CM provider?

Any organization that provides educational activities or products for professional planners can become a CM provider. These include (but are not limited to):

  • APA Chapters and Divisions
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Professional training services
  • Government entities
  • Private firms or companies
  • Universities and academic institutions

What are the benefits of becoming a CM provider?

Some benefits of being a CM provider include:

  • Expanded listings on APA's online calendar of events
  • Inclusion in the online directory of registered CM providers
  • Use of the CM logo in marketing and promotional materials
  • Feedback from attendees offered through our automated rating mechanism
  • Partnership opportunities with APA and its Chapters and Divisions

What kinds of educational activities are eligible for CM credit?

We encourage CM providers to register educational activities of all types, as long as they meet the CM criteria. These include (but are not limited to):

Face-to-face or real-time activities:           

  • Conferences                                                    
  • Audio/web conferences                                     
  • Workshops (including mobile workshops)    
  • Lectures, keynote speeches, and symposia
  • University courses
  • Book clubs and facilitated discussions

Distance Education:

  • CD-ROMS
  • Online courses
  • Podcasts, Telecasts