Everything You Wanted to Know About the AICP Commission

What is the AICP Commission?

It's the American Institute of Certified Planners' eight-member governing body. Members include a President, a President-Elect or an Immediate Past President, and six Commissioners. They serve four-year terms. Terms are staggered, so three commissioners are elected biennially. Day-to-day operations are managed by APA staff. The APA Executive Director also serves as AICP Executive Director.

Read commissioner profiles

What are the Commission's responsibilities?

AICP is established in Article Four of APA's Articles of Incorporation. The Institute is responsible for qualifications for certification and membership in AICP, rules regarding professional standards, the ethical code for professional planners, and establishing the dues and fees for the Institute.

How does the Commission conduct its work?

The Commission acts in face-to-face meetings twice a year — at the National Planning Conference in the spring, and at the Fall Leadership Meetings, held in conjunction with APA's Federal Policy & Program Briefing in Washington. It also meets occasionally by conference call.

What committees or task forces does the Commission have?

There are seven standing committees: Executive, Nominating, Ethics, National Membership Standards, College of Fellows, Exam, and Community Planning Assistance Services and Outreach. The President of AICP also can appoint short-term task forces to accomplish specific goals, such as the AICP Student Projects Awards Jury.

What important issues does the Commission work on?

In recent years the Commission has worked to establish the Certification Maintenance program and expand professional development opportunities through Planners Training Service and the AICP audio/web conference series. Other projects include revising the AICP Examination and the AICP Code of Ethics and offering pro bono opportunities through the Community Assistance Program.

How can individual members contribute to the work of the Commission?

AICP members who would like to serve on a task force or committee or participate in other pro bono opportunities should e-mail getinvolved@planning.org.