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.
- 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.
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