Certified planners use their skills to find solutions to community problems and carry the community toward its desired long-term goals.

AICP logoAmerican Institute of Certified Planners

AICP is the American Planning Association's professional institute, providing recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice.

AICP Certification

To become a certified planner, APA members must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass a written examination. The exam is given twice a year, in May and November.

Certification Maintenance

AICP's Certification Maintenance program helps planners gain the knowledge and skills they need to remain current in the practice of planning.

Advanced Specialty Certification (ASC)

Advanced Specialty Certification enables AICP–credentialed planners to be recognized for their in-depth knowledge, experience, and leadership skills in specialized areas of planning.

AICP Commission

Read biographies of the certified planners elected to represent fellow AICP members on the AICP Commission.

What is the AICP Commission?

Practicing Planner

AICP's online quarterly magazine provides a forum to discuss, analyze, critique, review, and research case studies and issues that affect professional planning practice. We encourage you to submit articles.

Planning Salary Survey

Based on more than 10,000 responses, the APA/AICP Planners Salary Survey is the most comprehensive look at compensation and benefits in the profession. Members may access the entire survey; everyone may read the summary.

Don't Let Your AICP Membership Lapse

If you let your AICP membership lapse and do not pay your full dues for more than four years you will lose your AICP credential and must retake the exam in order to be reinstated.

Update your member records

Review the AICP reinstatement policy

Why Hire Certified Planners?

Planners with the AICP credential bring extra value to their employers and their communities.

Read what leaders in the field have to say


Ethical planning isn't always easy. AICP offers a code to help planners negotiate the tough ethical and moral dilemmas they can face.

Fellows of AICP

Election to Fellow in AICP recognizes the achievements of individuals as model planners who have made significant contributions to planning and society.

AICP Core Competencies

An initiative to enhance understanding of the skills, stages, and thresholds that encompass AICP Core Competencies.

AICP Symposiums

AICP sponsors regular symposiums on a variety of topics vital to practicing planners.

Community Assistance Program

AICP created the Community Assistance Program to address social equity issues by providing pro bono planning services to communities in need.