2023 National Planning Conference

Code of Conduct and FAQ

April 1–4, 2023 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

April 26–28, 2023 | Online

Code of Conduct and Harassment Policy at APA Meetings

The American Planning Association holds professional conferences and meetings to enable our members to receive continuing education, build professional networks and collaborations, engage and recruit new members, and discover new technologies, methodologies, and services for professional and academic use. To provide all participants — members and other attendees, speakers, exhibitors, staff, and volunteers — the opportunity to benefit from the event, our Association is committed to providing a safe and productive meeting environment free of discrimination, hostility, and harassment in any form, for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical or mental disability, medical condition, physical appearance, ethnicity, race, religion, political affiliation, nationality, or any other group identity or basis protected by federal. The Association does not tolerate discrimination, or any form of unlawful harassment, and is committed to enforcing this Code of Conduct (the "Code") at all American Planning Association events.

We've pulled together some commonly asked questions to help make your conference experience a breeze.

Event Information

Will NPC23 be an in-person conference in Philadelphia or will it be online?

NPC23 includes two distinct events:

  • An in-person conference in Philadelphia April 1–4, 2023
  • An online conference April 26–28, 2023

Certification Maintenance

I need AICP Certification Maintenance credits (CM). Will I have the opportunity to earn CM at the conference?

AICP members will have the option to earn CM credits during NPC23. We will offer general CM and mandatory Law, Ethics, Equity, and Sustainability and Resilience credits during the conference.

Philadelphia Information

Where is the in-person conference being held?

NPC23 will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

How do I book a hotel for NPC23 in Philadelphia?

APA has arranged discounted rates at several hotels in Philadelphia. The availability of rooms may change rapidly, so please book early and visit the hotel and travel page for the most up-to-date information.


What is included in registration?

There are two registration options: NPC23 All In or NPC23 Online.

NPC23 All In

Members $835 | Life/Retired Members $135 | Student Members $135 | Non-Members $1275

NPC23 Online

Members $400 | Life/Retired Members $75 | Student Members $75 | Non-Members $450

How do I sign up for ticketed activities like mobile workshops and orientation tours?

You may add ticketed activities to your purchase during the registration process.

How do I add a ticketed event after I registered for NPC23?

You can purchase ticketed activities by going to:

I bought NPC23 Online and now I want to upgrade to NPC23 in Philadelphia registration. How do I upgrade?

We're happy to help you upgrade your pass. Just reach out to us at registrationchanges@planning.org and we will assist you.

How do I change details in my NPC23 registration?

You can make changes to your registration by going to: https://www.edgereg.net/er/Registration/UpdateInfo.jsp?ActivityID=41122

Are tickets for Mobile Workshops, Orientation Tours and Special Events refundable?

Tickets for Mobile Workshops, Orientation Tours and Special Events can be cancelled and refunded until March 10, 2023. After that date, no refunds/cancellations for tickets will be processed. To cancel a ticket/s and get a refund/s, please email registrationchanges@planning.org.

Does registration include access to conference recordings?

The NPC23 registration and the NPC23 Online registration offer access to the live in-person and live online events only. For unlimited access to recordings from both events for one year, plus hundreds of other on-demand and live online learning opportunities, sign up for Passport, APA's learning subscription.
What is the cancellation policy for NPC23?

A full refund can be requested until March 10. Cancellations will be charged a $50 administrative fee. Please send a written cancellation request to registrationchanges@planning.org.

How can I request accessibility services at NPC23 in Philadelphia or NPC23 Online?

Please email APA meetings staff at meetings@planning.org for any accessibility requests.

I'm a member of the media. How can I get a complimentary media pass?

APA provides a limited number of complimentary media registrations to the National Planning Conference. To apply for a complimentary media registration, please email Roberta Rewers.

Sponsorships and Exhibiting

I'm interested in sponsoring/exhibiting at NPC23.

Partner with the American Planning Association as a sponsor or exhibit for NPC23 Philadelphia, NPC23 Online, or both! Please contact Hallie Brown at hbrown@smithbucklin.com or 202-367-1229 for further details.


When will the program be available?

The full program was released in early February.

If I submitted a proposal for consideration for a session, when will I find out if my program has been accepted?

Speakers for accepted session proposals were notified in late January.

Learning Levels


Designed to build upon established experiences, knowledge, and skills. The content includes more diverse and novel applications of the concepts and enhanced usage. Advanced level programming is designed to refine attendee knowledge and skills to effectively utilize across challenging situations. Advanced level programming is more specialized in nature and allows the attendee to integrate and enhance their knowledge and skills to magnify improved application techniques and concepts. Content at this level involves challenging scenarios with practical ideas, solutions and process improvements related to the competency area.


Designed to go beyond fundamental knowledge and includes more depth to teach proficiency in the application of technologies, concepts, or enhanced skills. Intermediate content is designed to provide competence in application and understanding of the limitations of concepts leading to the integration of enhanced skills. This programming could also serve as a refresher course for attendees who have a background in the content area and are interested in learning more contemporary applications.


Designed to introduce attendees to technologies, concepts, and specialized skills for the first time by providing a fundamental base of knowledge. The content is focused on concepts and how they can be applied to practice. Foundational sessions may also be related to an emerging area of knowledge or practice and/or general subject knowledge.

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