Optional, but certification may be helpful for promotion. The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), part of the American Planning Association (APA), offers a Certified Planner designation to urban planners who meet the following requirements:

  • be a member of the APA;
  • be currently or previously engaged in professional planning;
  • completion of the corresponding combination of educational and professional experience; and,
  • successful completion of an examination.

For additional information contact:

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
1030 15th Street N.W., Suite 750 West, Washington, DC 20005-1503
Phone: 202.349.1016, Fax: 202.872.0643
E-mail: AICPexam@planning.org