The American Institute of Certified Planners is APA's professional institute and provides the only nationwide, independent verification of planners' qualifications. Certified planners pledge to uphold high standards of practice, ethics, and professional conduct, and to keep their skills sharp and up-to-date by continuously pursuing advanced professional education.
AICP Candidate Pilot Program
APA has launched a new opportunity for students and graduates of PAB-accredited programs to start early on their path to AICP certification!
The program will allow students and graduates of PAB-accredited programs to distinguish themselves from their peers by:
- Taking the AICP exam fresh out of school while you’re still in the academic mind frame as opposed to the mandatory two years of work experience delay.
- Mentoring and networking with professional planners throughout the program
- Demonstrating to potential employers a commitment to mastering planning skills and maintaining the highest standard of ethical practice.
- Getting involved in AICP early and learn among practicing planners while earning required Certification Maintenance credits.
- Spreading out the timing of exam fees to make paying for the exam easier
Please note that the traditional route to AICP still exists for anyone, including graduates from PAB-accredited programs. In addition, candidates must be members in good standing of National APA (not a Chapter-Only member).
Upcoming Exam Information - May 2018 Exam
Registration Window Opens: 12/1/17
Registration Deadline: 4/27/18
Transfer Deadline: TBD
Testing Window: May 14-28, 2018
For more information or to apply, please go to: https://planning.org/certification/
Reduced Fee Scholarship Program
Each calendar year, AICP provides a Reduced Exam Registration Fee Scholarship. This program was put into place to offer assistance to approved applicants who may defer taking or are unable to take the AICP exam because of the high cost.
Scholarship recipients pay reduced fees to AICP as follows:
- First time AICP applicants: $120 (combined $60 application and $60 exam fee)
- Previously approved AICP applicants: $60 (exam fee only).
Please note that if scholarship recipients pay the regular instead of the reduced fees before receiving notice of selection, AICP will promptly refund the fee difference to the candidates
The Chapter Professional Development Officer is charged with choosing a scholarship recipient based on the general selection criteria provided by AICP. Our Chapter will provide one allotted award per calendar year.
The 2018 Scholarship will be announced in January of 2018. Applicants need to submit a written explanation of financial hardship (including financial hardship caused by a budget cutback in a firm or agency) in order to apply.
Exam Study Material
Please remember that it is imperative to begin studying for the exam early as the exam draws from an extremely diverse range of planning issues. The following are some study guides that will help prepare you for the exam. They are listed from lowest to highest cost.
1) Chapter Presidents Council AICP Exam Study Manual (SOLD OUT)
APA's Chapter Presidents Council is pleased to offer the CPC Study Manual for those who are preparing to take the AICP Certification Exam. The purpose of this self-study manual is to help review basic planning concepts and to practice skills that are necessary for taking a multiple-choice test.
The cost of the Manual (on CD-ROM) is $15.00 which includes shipping. If you would like to place an order, send a check made out to "NY Upstate APA" to Eve Holberg, Chapter Treasurer, PO Box 388 Buffalo, NY 14207. Please write "CPC Study Manual" in the memo section of the check. For more information on the Chapter President's Council AICP Exam Study Manual, please follow this link. The CD may not be copied or reproduced in any way.
2) Exam Prep 3.0
The AICP Exam Prep 3.0 product addresses the entire AICP Certification Exam content outline. It is 100 percent web-based, so you can access it anywhere you have a web browser and access to the Internet. Over 50 lessons/sections are covered on topics that cover the entire exam content.
The cost of the online product is $249.oo and it can be purchased from APA by clicking the following link.
3) Planetizen's Online Preparation Course
Join the thousands of students who have used the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam. The class is 100% web-based and mobile and tablet friendly. You can access anywhere you have a web browser and internet connection.
The cost of the product ranges from $245.00 (standard) to $689 (premium). For more details, please click the following link.
Useful Exam Links
Sample Exam Question 2 (PDF)