Advanced Specialty Certification
Just as doctors need to demonstrate their expertise and knowledge within specialized fields of medicine, so do planners in specialized fields of planning. This is what the Advanced Specialty Certification program does. AICP's advanced specialty certifications recognizes certified planners for their expertise and leadership in their chosen specialization. No additional membership dues are paid by members holding the new certifications.
The three advanced certifications are:
- AICP Certified Transportation Planner (AICP CTP)
AICP Certified Environmental Planner (AICP CEP)
- AICP Certified Urban Designer (AICP CUD)
Hiring an AICP CEP, AICP CTP, or AICP CUD planner can ensure that services are being provided by a professional who demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and ethical conduct, continuing education, and proper training.
Those considering an ASC credential must:
- Be AICP-credentialed planners who have fulfilled voluntary requirements for certification by the American Instititue of Certified Planners, the APA’s Professional Institute
- Be recognized as members in good standing
- Have demonstrated at least eight years of work experience in their fields
- Have passed a rigourous exam
ASC adds credibility to a planner's qualifications. An ASC planner understands the science behind policy and has the knowledge to develop creative approaches to balancing economic and environmental conditions, population, and quality of life.
I highly recommend ASC to other urban planners and environmental planners. Planners need to ensure that city plans reflect concepts for sustainability and preservation of environmental quality. ASC provides an additional level of credibility to the role of the City Planner in the development process.
—Lori Trottier, AICP CEP
The CTP credential separates you from the pack. It demonstrates your knowledge and commitment to your specialty field. Planners should pursue advanced specialty certification if they are committed to their practice. For someone who has the passion and motivation to be an industry leader, absolutely yes!
—Catherine LaFata, AICP CTP
Advanced Specialty Certification offers the public a greater level of confidence when selecting or working with a planner by helping to ensure a specific area of expertise.
I strongly recommend Advanced Specialty Certification as a way of continuing to demonstrate a planner’s skills and competence as the fields of planning and design become increasingly more complex.
—Jonathan Henney, AICP CUD
2016 ASC Exams
The application window for May 2016 is closed.