Get Certified!

AICP Certification brings value to your career, the organization you work for, and the communities you serve. Do you want to demonstrate your expertise, show your commitment to professional ethics, distinguish yourself in the job market, and keep your planning skills in tip-top shape? Good news! Getting AICP-certified is simpler and more flexible than ever.


You Spoke. We Listened. One Path to AICP.
A simplified certification process is coming Spring 2022. During the transition, some steps of the AICP certification process may be unavailable. Check back for more information late this fall.

Take These Steps to AICP Certification

Pathway to AICP


AICP applicants must meet specific criteria for education and experience when applying for certification. Check out the AICP eligibility requirements and find out if your experience qualifies.

Students and New Graduates of PAB Programs

The AICP Candidate Pilot Program is an alternate path to certification that allows you to take the AICP Certification Exam before earning professional planning experience.


The AICP Certification Application verifies your education and experience. Apply for certification to begin your path to AICP.

First, submit an application to verify that you have met the education and experience requirements.

Certification Application

Once your application has been approved, you must successfully complete two components for certification. These two steps may be completed in any order:


If your AICP application is approved, you can submit your planning experience essays that demonstrate your professional planning experience and test your knowledge on the AICP Certification Exam. Both steps must be successfully completed before you can become AICP, but you may complete them in any order that works for you.

Planning Experience Essays

Register and Prepare for the Exam

See APA's five-step approach to exam preparation and links to resources to help you succeed.

Maximize Your AICP Certification

Congrats! You're a part of an elite group of planners who are leading the profession. Learn how to leverage your certification.


November 2021 AICP Certification Cycle

Opportunities to take the exam with Prometric are in accordance with all local, state and federal regulations — please check their website for the most up to date information.

November 2021 AICP Certification Cycle Dates

Application Dates

Application Window Opens June 1, 2021, 9:00 a.m. CT
Application Deadline for Those Intending to Submit Essays July 28, 2021 at 3:00pm CT
Final Application Deadline October 4, 2021, 3:00 p.m. CT

Exam Dates

Exam Registration Opens June 1, 2021, 9:00 a.m. CT
Exam Registration & Transfer Deadline October 29, 2021, 3:00 p.m. CT
Testing Window November 1-26, 2021

Essay Dates

Expedited Essay Review Window Opens July 12, 2021, 9:00 a.m. CT
Expedited Essay Review Window Closes July 19, 2021, 3:00 p.m. CT
Regular Essay Window Opens July 19, 2021, 3:00 p.m. CT
Regular Essay Window Closes July 30, 2021 at 3:00pm CT

November 2021 AICP Certification Cycle Fees*

Application Fee $70
Planning Experience Essay Fee $220
Expedited Essay Review $290
AICP Exam Registration Fee $220
AICP Exam Transfer Fee $100
Planning Experience Essay Appeal Fee $100

*All fees are non-refundable