Maximize Your Credential
Welcome to AICP!
Congrats on successfully completing the path to certification. Your accomplishment demonstrates all the hard work and achievement earned academically and professionally. You can continue to count on our support throughout your professional career.
Showcase Your Credential
Be sure to include your designation on your social media profiles, place the designation on your business cards, and add it to your email signature to show your employer, peers, clients, and communities that you are certified. Below are some resources to assist you in marketing your AICP credential:
Become active! Volunteer in leadership with APA to incorporate your communities' needs into APA priorities. Teach students from of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds about planning with the APA Ambassador program.
set Your Career goals
Start preparing for the future and learn more about the AICP College of Fellows. Fellowship is the highest honor bestowed on an AICP planner for significant contributions and transformation to communities and the planning field. Fellows of AICP are nominated and selected by their peers to recognize and honor their outstanding contributions as a professional planner. The outcomes of their individual efforts left demonstrably significant and transformational improvements to the field of planning and the communities they served.
Maintaining Your AICP Membership
APA, AICP, and Chapter Dues
As an AICP member, you must renew your APA, AICP, and chapter dues annually. All dues are based off your Salary Category. If you need membership assistance, APA has options — to learn more, visit AICP membership assistance.
All AICP members are placed into one of the quarterly billing cycles when they join APA. If you do not renew by the end of your billing cycle, your memberships will lapse, and AICP members will be required to complete the reinstatement process. To learn more about reinstating, please visit our AICP Membership Reinstatement webpage.
Tip: Don't want to forget to pay your dues? APA offers an Auto Renewal Program to automatically pay for your membership in monthly, quarterly, or annual installments.
To keep your knowledge and skills fresh and up-to-date, AICP members must earn a total of 32 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits (1 contact hour = 1 CM credit) within your two-year reporting period. As soon as you complete your AICP membership by paying your first AICP dues, you may begin earning CM.
A minimum of 1.5 CM credits must include the topic of ethics, and another 1.5 credits must be on the topic of current planning law. You may carry over a maximum of 16 CM credits from one reporting period into the subsequent reporting period; however, any surplus ethics and planning law credits will be carried over to the next two-year reporting period as general CM credits, not law or ethics.
Visit your CM Log today to learn about your CM requirements and track your status. The CM search will be your guide to finding CM eligible events online or near you. Below are some helpful links for your CM journey:
Tip: Reach out to your chapter's Professional Development Officer (PDO) to learn about local CM opportunities.
Ethics in Planning
AICP Code of ethics
The AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct helps AICP members negotiate tough ethical and moral dilemmas that they may face. The Ethical Principles in Planning guides advisors, advocates, and decision makers in the planning process.
Tip: View the "Ethics Cases of the Year" archive. These annual presentations — used for ethics training at state and local conferences — include real-life ethical scenarios commonly faced by professional planners. Additional valuable resources include the annual ethics reports and ethics blogs prepared by the AICP Ethics Committee. If you have any questions or ethical concerns, you may confidentially contact the AICP Ethics Officer at 312-786-6360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.