AICP Certification

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.

Certification Maintenance


The Certification Maintenance (CM) program links certified planners to training opportunities that keep them up to date on the latest trends, technologies, and best practices.


Certification Maintenance (CM) Providers are organizations approved by AICP/APA to provide continuing education activities and events for CM credits to the 16,000 professional planners seeking professional development. Review our CM Provider Toolkit for details about this program.

AICP Candidate Pilot Program

Jump-start your path to certification! The AICP Candidate Pilot Program offers qualified APA members the opportunity to take the AICP Certification Exam prior to earning professional planning experience.