News // APA AICP Candidate Pilot Program

Students and other emerging professionals represent the future of the planning profession. The AICP Commission recognizes that providing additional opportunities for them to establish and grow their careers will both strengthen the profession and further advance sound planning practice. The Commission also believes it is important to establish a more clearly defined path to AICP certification. The Commission is therefore seeking input on a proposed new AICP Candidate Pilot Program.

The proposed AICP Candidate Pilot Program is designed to achieve several key goals:

  • Foster interest in planning as a career;
  • Introduce students and other emerging professionals to the ethical and professional standards that are the foundation of the AICP credential;
  • Provide professional development opportunities as students and other emerging professionals begin and progress in their careers;
  • Establish a clearly defined path to AICP certification; and
  • Maintain — and even enhance — the value and integrity of the AICP credential.

Features of the proposed AICP Candidate Pilot Program include:

  • Eligibility will be limited to students in and graduates of Planning Accreditation Board–accredited programs (both graduate and undergraduate).
  • AICP Candidates will be eligible to apply for the AICP Comprehensive Planning Exam one year earlier than non-AICP Candidates.
  • AICP Candidates must participate in a modified Certification Maintenance program and log a minimum of 16 CM credits during their candidacy.
  • AICP Candidates will commit to the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
  • AICP Candidates will be authorized to use “AICP Candidate” on correspondence, resumes, and other references.
  • Participation in the AICP Candidate Pilot Program is limited to five years.
  • AICP Candidates may be matched with a mentor to provide support in applying for and preparing to take the exam.
  • The AICP exam application fee will be discounted ($15 instead of $70).
  • AICP Candidates will receive an AICP exam application toolkit.

You can help create an AICP Candidate Pilot Program that will achieve the Commission’s aforementioned goals. The Commission seeks input to further refine the program, with a goal of launching the program in November 2017.

Feedback Invited

The AICP Commission invites you to comment on the proposed AICP Candidate Pilot Program. Please review the program overview on APA’s website and provide feedback by responding to a brief survey no later than September 1. Direct any questions to APA at AICPCandidate@planning.org. The Commission will value and consider all input.

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