CM Late Career and Nearly Retired Alternatives

From time to time, the AICP Commission receives requests for relief from the requirements of certification maintenance from members who continue to engage in the practice of planning but whose circumstances make it difficult to fulfill the CM credit requirements. There are specific exemptions available for certain situations, including unemployment, practice outside the United States, and when members are on inactive status.

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However a member who is approaching retirement, or who is retired, who may only work very few hours a month and receive little if any income from this work as a practicing planner, is still responsible for obtaining CM | 32 credits each reporting period. The Institute has in fact lost members, as well as the experience and volunteer resources that accompany our members, who have not been able to maintain their certification because they were not eligible for any exemption.

The Commission's responsibility is to enhance the value of the AICP credential, and will not take action that will undermine that value. The Commission is also responsible for assuring that rules and procedures for membership and certification are equitably applied and consistently achievable by members. The Membership Committee of the Commission was asked to examine alternatives that may address what many "nearly retired" members had suggested as an excessive burden to maintain their certification.

Below are four alternatives being considered by the Membership Committee. Prior to a decision to modify any standards for CM credits, the Commission seeks the comments and suggestions of its members.

Which of the following would be the best alternative?

  • Option 1 — Change nothing.
  • Option 2 — Life members of APA may apply for an exemption from half the total number of CM credits required per reporting period.
    Under this exemption, the CM credits reported by the Life member in any period must include 1.5 credits for each, Law and Ethics. To be eligible for APA Life membership, you must be 65 or older, and have been an active (current and continuous) member of APA for the past 25 years or more.
  • Option 3 — Life members of APA may apply for an exemption from half the total number of CM credits required per reporting period.
    Under this exemption, the CM credits reported by the Life member in any period must include 1.5 credits for each, Law and Ethics. To be eligible for APA Life membership, you must be 65 or older, have been an active (current and continuous) member of APA for the past 25 years or more, and working half-time or less in the field of planning. Half-time is defined as an average of 15-20 hours a week.
  • Option 4 — Other: Please provide your ideas!

Please e-mail your thoughts to getinvolved@planning.org.