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AICP Certification Application Tips

AICP Guide Part 1: Certification Application

AICP Guide Part 2: Taking the Exam

AICP Certification GI Bill Fee Reimbursement

AICP Certification Reduced Fee Scholarships

AICP Certification Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements before applying for AICP Certification:

  1. Be a current member of the American Planning Association (APA).
  2. Be engaged in professional planning, either currently or in the past, as defined by AICP.
  3. Have completed, at the time of application submission, one of the combinations of education and corresponding years of professional planning experience listed in the chart below:
Level of Education * Total Years of Professional Planning Experience Required
Graduate degree in Planning from a program accredited by the PAB ** 2 years
Bachelor's degree in Planning from a program accredited by the PAB ** 3 years
Graduate degree in Planning from a program not accredited by the PAB 3 years
Any other post-graduate, graduate, or undergraduate degree *** 4 years
No college degree 8 years

* The education may be obtained before, during, or after the experience.

** Accredited degrees have been determined by the Planning Accreditation Board to meet standards approved by the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning or accredited by the Professional Standards Board (PSB) for Planning in Canada. AICP gives educational credit to applicants holding these degrees if the degree was received (1) during the period the university has been accredited (or previously recognized), and (2) by the time that an application for membership is filed. If you are unsure about the status of your planning degree, consult the Planning Accreditation Board's list or contact AICP.

*** Non-accredited undergraduate planning degrees and degrees in related and other disciplines (i.e. Geography, Architecture, History, Music, etc.) at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

AICP Candidate Pilot Program

If you are currently enrolled in or have graduated from a degree program accredited by the PAB, you are eligible to participate in the AICP Candidate Pilot Program. This program allows you to take the AICP Certification Exam upon graduation, prior to completing the required professional planning experience outlined above.

Learn more about the AICP Candidate Pilot Program