AICP Certification

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Exam Prep Training

Register for the 2015 AICP Exam Prep Series, starting February 7, 2015.

If you’re considering taking the AICP exam in May, November, or even next year, you don’t want to miss SDAPA’s valuable four-session training starting February 7, 2015 (and continuing on Feb. 21, Mar. 7, and Mar. 21). This training is only offered once a year. This year we have we have an incredible line up of speakers, including many returning from our successful program last year. Last year, we had an unprecedented number of people pass the AICP exam in our San Diego section (triple the number typically seen over the past 5 years).

Over the past five years, SDAPA’s AICP training has maintained a 90% or greater pass rate. Don’t just take our word for it, below is a review from one of our participants.

“The San Diego American Planning Association (SDAPA) Chapter AICP Study Course was the most important resource I utilized to prepare for and pass the exam on the first attempt. The course was taught by Certified Planners who shared technical information covered on the exam, helped participants develop individualized study strategies and directed them to relevant study materials thus maximizing time management and efficiency

– key ingredients to getting through a 3.5 hour exam.”

- Shawnika Johnson, AICP

What is AICP?

AICP is the American Planning Association’s professional institute, providing recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice.

Why hire Certified Planners?

Planners with the AICP credential bring extra value to their employers and their communities.  Read what leaders in the field have to say.

What is Certification Maintenance?

AICP certified planners are required to complete training to earn CM credits to maintain their certification.  The Certification Maintenance program helps planners gain the knowledge and skills they need to remain current in the practice of planning.

Become AICP Certified

Taking the AICP exam is the first step to becoming a certified planner. The exam is offered twice a year in May and November.  To qualify, one must be a current APA member, submit an online application meeting certain education and experience criteria, and pass an examination.  More information is available here.

AICP Resources and Suggested Study Materials

Many of the books listed here are available on APA’s website under the AICP Exam Prep category.  Special pricing is available for APA members.


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