Become an AICP Member

Welcome to AICP!

Congrats on successfully completing the path to certification! Your accomplishment demonstrates all the hard work and achievement earned academically and professionally. The American Institute of Certified Planners is honored to have you join our group of certified planners.

You can continue to count on our support throughout your professional career. What's next for you? The most recent Salary Survey showed that certified planners earn more than noncertified planners.

Maximize Your Credential

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:

Get Involved

The American Institute of Certified Planners provides the only nationwide, independent verification of planners' qualifications. Certified planners pledge to uphold high standards of practice, ethics, and professional conduct, and to keep their skills sharp and up to date by continuously pursuing advanced professional education.


Become active! Get involved in APA's Community Assistance Program to give back to communities in need. Volunteer in leadership with APA to help voice your communities' needs.


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 the AICP membership assistance webpage.

All AICP members are placed into one of the quarterly billing cycles when they join APA: January, April, July, and October. 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 pay for your membership and other APA services electronically through monthly, quarterly, or annual charges to your credit card or debit card.

Certification Maintenance

To keep your knowledge of the planning field relevant, AICP members must earn a total of 32 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits (1 contact hour = 1 CM credit) within your two-year reporting period.

Any CM earned after you have paid your initial AICP dues are eligible! 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. AICP members 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 starting learning about your CM requirements. The CM search will be to guide to finding CM eligible events online or near you. Below are some helpful links to start your CM journey:

Tip: Reach out to your chapter's Professional Development Officer (PDO) to learn about local CM opportunities. To find your chapter's webpage, visit our APA Chapters page.

Ethics in Planning

AICP Code of ethics

AICP members pledge to uphold high standards of practice, ethics, and professional conduct. 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. Below are some helpful links to learn more about the Code of Ethics:

Tip: View the current and previous "Ethics Cases of the Year," which are available in PDF formats. These annual presentations — used for ethics training at state and local conferences — include real-life ethical scenarios commonly faced by professional planners. Additional valuable sources include the annual ethics reports and ethics blogs prepared by the AICP Ethics Committee. Finally, if you have any questions or ethical concerns, you may confidentially contact the AICP Ethics Officer at 312-786-6360 or

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