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APA includes a professional institute for certified planners, 47 chapters, 20 divisions, and special memberships for students.


AICP is APA's professional institute, leading the way in requirements for certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of practice.


Chapters are members' local source for networking and professional development.


APA's divisions are communities of professionals who share your interests and understand your concerns.


APA's Early Career Membership Program offers students five years of discounted membership. This five-year package of benefits and services is tailored to jump start students' careers and take them to the next level of success.

Emerging Professionals

APA's emerging professionals are students, recent graduates, and individuals in the early stages of their professional careers. APA offers them connections, career assistance, continuing education, and a path to certification.