AICP Candidate Pilot Program

The AICP Candidate Pilot Program offers qualified APA members the opportunity to start on the path to certification by taking the AICP Certification Exam prior to earning professional planning experience.

Program Benefits

  • Mentoring with professional planners
  • Staggered exam fees
  • Networking opportunities
  • Professional development

Paths to AICP

This Pilot Program maintains certification requirements and changes the sequence.

AICP Candidate Pilot Program Details

Distinguish yourself early as you progress through the three steps to become AICP.

Step One — Apply for the AICP Candidate Pilot Program

In November 2017, qualified members may apply to participate: submit education verification documents; commit to the Code of Ethics; receive exam preparation tip sheet; start earning CM credits; receive optional mentoring.

Step Two — Take AICP Exam and Become AICP Candidate

Beginning in December 2017, graduates of PAB-accredited programs may register to sit for the May 2018 AICP Certification Exam: graduate; submit education verification documents; take the AICP Certification Exam.

Step Three — Earn AICP credential

Earn the required years of professional planning experience; earn and record required CM credits; submit employment verification documents and essays documenting fulfillment of professional experience criteria. When essays are approved, pay AICP dues, earn the AICP credential.


Who Is Eligible to Participate in the Pilot?

Students and graduates of PAB-accredited programs may apply to the program.

When Does This Pilot Program Launch?

In November 2017, qualified members may apply to participate. Beginning in December 2017, graduates of PAB-accredited programs may register to sit for the May 2018 AICP Certification Exam.

AICP Candidate Pilot Program Timeline

AICP Candidate Pilot Program participants have five years to earn the AICP credential. That period begins when the participant applies to the program (Step 1) and ends when their essays are approved, they pay AICP dues, and they join AICP (Step 3). Five years allow sufficient time for participants who begin as students in undergraduate-level PAB programs to complete the program.


Student: PAB Graduate Program

Graduate: PAB Graduate Program

Student: PAB Undergraduate Program

Graduate: PAB Undergraduate Program


Questions?

Email aicp@planning.org.