How to Earn CM Credits

The following represents the latest information on how AICP members can earn CM credits.

This list does not represent the types of activities that are eligible for CM credit (e.g. workshops, lectures, online courses, etc.), but rather the mechanism by which AICP members may earn CM credits. 

Should you have a question, please contact customer service at AICPCM@planning.org.

Ways to earn CM credits
Eligibility
Credit details
How to log these credits
By attending an activity that is registered for CM credit by the educational provider

• All activities must meet the CM eligibility criteria for approval.

• AICP members may begin earning credits from the time AICP membership is officially granted.

Members may not claim credits for courses in which they participated before becoming an AICP member.

Members will receive CM credits for the duration of the activity.

Partial CM credit may not be claimed.

Please visit the Certification Maintenance page of APA's website and click View My CM Log to claim your credits.
By speaking / instructing at an activity that is registered for CM credit by the educational provider.

• AICP members may receive credit for volunteer, unpaid planning instruction for instructing/speaking at an activity that is registered for CM credit by the educational provider.

• Credit may be earned only once for the same presentation or instruction.

Members will receive CM credits for the duration of the activity plus 1 hour (CM) for preparation, regardless of activity length (e.g. speaking at a 4-hour workshop = 5 CM credits).

To claim CM credits from a registered activity using the online calendar, find and select the activity by clicking on the title. Select "I was a speaker / instructor with this activity or product," and answer all required fields within the pop-up box. Then click submit.

By self-reporting attendance or speaking / instructing at an activity that is not registered for CM credit by the provider but meets CM criteria and is approved by APA staff.

• All activities must meet the CM eligibility criteria for approval. See details about CM criteria on the self-reporting information page.

• AICP members may report credits for activities from the time their AICP membership is officially granted.

• Distance education activities are not eligible for self-reporting.

• Members may self-report up to 8 CM credits per two-year reporting period.

• While the credits will immediately be added to a member's log, CM staff may contact you to provide further documentation.

These credits are claimed electronically by filling out and submitting an online form that is accessed from the CM member log.

By authoring an article

• The article must be planning related.

• The article must be published in a journal that follows the double-blind peer-review process.

• See details about AICP member start dates and claiming credits on the authoring information page.

• Members will receive 8 CM credits per article, regardless of length.

• Authoring cannot exceed 16 CM credits per two-year reporting period.

• While the 8 credits will immediately be added to a member’s log, CM staff may contact you to provide further documentation.

These credits are claimed electronically by filling out and submitting an online form that is accessed from the CM member log.