AICP Reinstatement Policy

Learn how you can prevent your AICP membership from lapsing and how you can reinstate a lapsed AICP membership.

To begin an AICP membership reinstatement process or to ask questions about membership dues contact AICP@planning.org.

Requirements for Maintaining and Reinstating AICP Membership

To claim AICP as a professional designation, members must be in good standing. To maintain good standing, an AICP member must:

  1. pay annual APA, local chapter, and AICP dues;
  2. uphold AICP professional and ethical standards; and
  3. satisfy the continuing education requirements mandated by AICP's Certification Maintenance program

An AICP member who fails to satisfy the above requirements becomes a lapsed member.

  • A lapsed AICP member loses member and subscriber benefits, including access to areas of the APA website and his or her online CM log, and must immediately cease to claim or use the AICP credential.
  • A lapsed AICP member has a four-year window from his or her membership lapse date during which to reinstate membership without being required to reapply and retake the AICP certification exam.
  • A lapsed AICP member who does not reinstate AICP membership within four years of this date automatically loses his or her original AICP certificate ID, original AICP start date, and all AICP membership time accrued toward retired or life membership status. If a lapsed AICP member maintains continuous APA membership, however, he or she will maintain time accrued toward retired or life membership status for APA membership.

How to Remain Current: Satisfying Dues and CM Requirements

Dues

Members must renew APA, local chapter, and AICP membership dues by the last date of their paid membership, known as their Paid thru Date.

Certification Maintenance (CM)

AICP adopted its Certification Maintenance program on April 14, 2007, mandating that AICP members satisfy continuing education requirements beginning on January 1, 2008, to maintain their AICP credential.

  • All AICP members are assigned a two-year CM reporting period. All reporting periods begin on January 1 and end on December 31 of the following year (e.g. the 2008-2009 reporting period begins on January 1, 2008 and ends on December 31, 2009). At the end of each two-year reporting period, a new two-year reporting period begins.
  • Unless granted a temporary or permanent exemption from CM requirements, all AICP members must complete and log 32 CM credits for each assigned reporting period, including law and ethics requirements. Members in good standing have until four months after their reporting period ends (e.g. April 30) to record 32 CM credits into their online CM log, or membership will lapse.

Lapsed AICP members who have not renewed their APA, chapter, and AICP memberships within three months of their previous member Paid Thru Date or fail to log their required credits by the end of their grace period will receive written notice of the lapse in their membership by certified mail or courier with delivery verification.

Review the situations below to determine what requirements match your reinstatement circumstances.

Reinstating AICP Membership:
What to Do If Your Membership Has Lapsed

The following applies to individuals whose membership lapsed after March 31, 2007. Click here if your membership lapsed on or before March 31, 2007.

Reinstatement Before the Close of a Reporting Period

Any AICP member whose AICP membership lapses and applies for reinstatement within the same two-year Certification Maintenance reporting period will be expected to abide by the following, regardless of when in the reporting period reinstatement is requested:

  1. Confirm in writing that they did not act in violation of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct nor use the AICP credential any time subsequent to receiving the certified letter notifying them of their lapsed membership;
  2. Pay AICP back dues owed; and
  3. Complete and log all 32 CM credits before the close of the grace period.

For example, if a member on the 2008-2009 reporting cycle lapses on March 31, 2009, for failure to pay dues and applies for reinstatement on December 1, 2009, he or she must pay back dues owed since March 31, 2009, and complete and log all 32 CM credits by April 30, 2010.

For any AICP members whose membership lapses due to nonpayment of dues, it is highly encouraged that the lapsed member applies for reinstatement before the close of the reporting period. He or she will be expected to complete and log all 32 CM credits before the close of the grace period but will avoid the reinstatement process detailed below.

Reinstatement After the Close of an Unfulfilled Two-Year Reporting Period or Periods

Any AICP member whose membership lapses because of a failure to fulfill the CM requirements by the end of the grace period of a designated CM reporting period OR whose membership lapses before the reporting period but does not apply for reinstatement until after the close of the reporting period must meet the following qualifications for approval:

  • Apply for reinstatement within four years of their AICP membership lapse date;
  • Confirm in writing that they did not act in violation of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct nor use the AICP credential any time subsequent to receiving the certified letter notifying them of their lapsed membership;
  • Pay a non-refundable $100 reinstatement fee and all back AICP dues owed; and
  • Demonstrate that they earned an appropriate number of CM credits during the period of their lapsed membership. Details on how to fulfill this requirement are described below.

Lapsed members are responsible for earning 32 credits for each reporting period that closes before reinstatement is requested, including law and ethics. Because access to a member's online CM log will be lost once membership has lapsed, however, the lapsed member must keep a personal record of earned credits during lapsed membership and submit suitable documentation with the application for reinstatement. Any registered CM activity that the member attended from the time the reporting period began until the time reinstatement is requested is eligible. Members may also use self-reporting as an option.

When a lapsed member is reinstated, he or she will be assigned to the next successive two-year reporting period that is still open and will be expected to earn and log all 32 CM credits mandated for that two-year reporting period on the same schedule as other AICP members in that reporting group, regardless of when in the reporting period membership is reinstated.

For example, if a member on the 2008-2009 reporting period fails to complete the 32 CM credits by April 30, 2010 and applies for reinstatement on June 30, 2011, he or she must document earning the 32 CM credits for the 2008-2009 reporting period to be approved for reinstatement, and will then be assigned to the 2010-2011 reporting period and will be expected to log 32 CM credits by December 31, 2011.

If the lapsed member misses an additional two-year CM reporting period before applying for reinstatement, he or she will be responsible for earning and documenting 32 CM credits for that two-year period as well.

Reinstatement of Members Approved for Inactive Membership Status

Under certain circumstances, AICP members in good standing may qualify for an exemption resulting in temporary inactive AICP membership status. If a member is approved for temporary inactive status, the effective date of the change will be the next normal quarterly Paid Thru Date after the change in status is approved. So if an AICP member petitions to temporarily inactivate his or her AICP membership and the request is approved in February, the effective date of the change would be March 31 — the next Paid Thru Date following the approval.

Inactive members shall not use the AICP credential in any way and shall continue to abide by the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Any inactive member applying for reinstatement who does not meet this standard will be denied reinstatement. Temporarily inactive AICP members must reactivate their AICP membership within four years of the Paid Thru Date on which their AICP membership was designated as inactive. AICP members who have been granted temporarily inactive AICP membership will not be required to pay AICP dues while the membership is inactive, though they must remain members of APA and pay APA national and chapter dues.

The current two-year Certification Maintenance reporting period will be closed upon approval of temporary inactive AICP membership. A new two-year reporting period will be assigned upon reinstatement of AICP membership. Please note: CM credits will not carry over from the closed two-year reporting period.

Certification Maintenance requirements are excused during the period in which AICP membership is inactive. See the CM section of the APA website for details.

Upon reinstating membership inactive AICP members must:

  1. Pay a $50 reinstatement fee and 20 percent of back dues owed during the inactive period;
  2. Sign an ethics statement verifying that you did not violate the code of the ethics nor use the AICP designation while inactive; and
  3. Pay current year AICP dues

Members that are granted inactive membership status and fail to pay their APA national and chapter dues on an annual basis will lose their inactive status. If the membership is inactive for more than four years from the last paid thru date, he or she must retest to rejoin the AICP and regain the AICP credential. Those members who are granted the inactive membership status and fail to pay their APA national and chapter dues have up to 4 years to reinstate their membership.

Reinstatement Denials or Appeals

Lapsed members who apply to have their AICP membership reinstated within four years of their membership lapse date, who pay the appropriate fee and past AICP dues, and who document earning the appropriate CM credits, and who verify the ethics statement as detailed above will have their AICP membership reinstated. If a reinstatement application is denied because a member fails to satisfy one or more of these conditions, he or she has the option to appeal this denial.

Appeals for a waiver of dues, reconsideration of a denial for reinstatement, or an extension of the four-year reapplication time limit may be considered by the AICP Membership Standards Committee only in cases of provable extreme hardship or documented administrative error. Decisions on appeals are subject to concurrence by the AICP Commission. If an appeal is approved, regardless of how long a member has been lapsed, the reinstated member will be required to pay AICP dues for no more than four years of membership and document earned CM credits for no more than the same four years.

Lapsed members who are denied reinstatement must follow the application procedures for new AICP membership, including passing the AICP Comprehensive Planning Examination, in order to regain AICP membership. Lapsed members must also sign an ethics statement verifying that they did not violate the code of ethics or use the AICP designation while inactive.

Definitions of Terms Used Above

Exemptions: See www.planning.org/cm/exemptions.htm for information on permanent or temporary exemptions from Certification Maintenance requirements. Examples include unemployment, retirement, foreign practice, parental leave, military service, personal health, or care of others. 

Documentation for Certification Maintenance Requirements: Members are required to provide basic information about the Certification Maintenance activity to be approved as part of the reinstatement process. These activities must be registered by the provider for CM credit or part of the 8 CM credits members are allowed to self-report per reporting period.

Inactive membership: Members may be granted a temporary inactivation of their AICP membership for up to 4 years. See above for more information.

Membership lapse on or before March 31, 2007: Members who lapse on or before this date are not required to demonstrate earning CM credits to be eligible for reinstatement since these members lapsed before the Certification Maintenance program was adopted on April 14, 2007. Once they have been reinstated as AICP members, their reporting period will begin January 1st after membership is reinstated.

Membership Lapse Date: If a member lapses due to the nonpayment of dues, the AICP membership lapse date will be the Paid Thru Date. If a member lapsed due to noncompliance of CM, the AICP membership lapse date will be the last day of the two-year CM reporting period (e.g. December 31), not the last day of the four month grace period.

Paid Thru Date: One of four dates each year that are the last day of APA and AICP member and subscriber service periods. The four dates are March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31. Any member or subscriber who fails to fully renew by this last day of their service period loses all member and subscriber benefits, including access to member and subscriber areas of the APA website and the AICP CM log.

Retired: A member who meets all of the following criteria may apply to change his/her APA membership type to "Retired":

  1. Has been a member in good standing continuously for at least 10 years.
  2. Is at least 65 years of age.
  3. Does not engage in any profession, business, or trade (this excludes part time non-planning or nonprofessional work). Planners practicing part time or who were retired and return to the workforce no longer meet this criterion. Please note: This excludes part-time non-planning or nonprofessional work.

This switch qualifies members for reduced dues. An AICP member who qualifies as retired by these criteria is also exempt from CM requirements. Some members who qualify as retired may have their APA membership type changed to "Life" after they have been continuous members for 25 years. These members are also exempt from CM requirements. See www.planning.org/cm/exemptions.htm for more information.

Self-Reporting: Members are allowed to self-report up to 8 CM credits per reporting period. Self-reported credits are those that are not registered by the providers. All self-reported activities must meet the same criteria that have been set for registered activities. Visit www.planning.org/cm for more information.