Advanced Specialty Certification (ASC)
Advanced Specialty Certification enables AICP–credentialed planners to be recognized for their knowledge, experience, and leadership skills in specialized areas of planning.
2015 ASC Exams
Congratulations to the most recent AICP members to gain an Advanced Specialty Certification!
Why earn the credential? What are the exam fees? How is relevant experience defined in my area? How and what should I study?
ASC Exam Results
We congratulate the individuals who have earned AICP Advanced Specialty Certification credentials.
Test Development Process
APA's Advanced Specialty Certification exams were developed in conjunction with Prometric. Get an overview of the proven test development process that guided creation of the exams.
ASC Exam Candidate Bulletin
The ASC Exam Candidate Bulletin is your complete guide to earning an Advanced Specialty Certification credential.
Download this handbook for full details on:
- Exam qualifications
- Application process
- Test appointments
- Transfers and cancellations
Value and Benefits
Just as doctors need to demonstrate their expertise and knowledge within specialized fields of medicine, so too do planners in specialized fields of planning. This is what the ASC program does. AICP's three advanced examinations for the AICP Certified Transportation Planner (AICP CTP), AICP Certified Environmental Planner (AICP CEP), and AICP Certified Urban Designer (AICP CUD) credentials provide the opportunity for our certified professional planners to demonstrate their expertise and leadership in their chosen specialization.
What Is an AICP Certified Environmental Planner, AICP Certified Transportation Planner, or AICP Certified Urban Designer?
These are AICP-credentialed planners who have fulfilled voluntary requirements for certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association's Professional Institute. Those who have earned the AICP CTP, AICP CEP, or AICP CUD credential are AICP members in good standing; have demonstrated at least eight years of work experience in their fields; and have passed a rigorous exam.
An individual becomes AICP CEP, AICP CTP, or AICP CUD once he or she passes the exam, and must comply with AICP's Certification Maintenance requirements and remain members of the Institute to maintain the credential.
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.
No additional membership dues are paid by members holding the new certifications.
AICP members who earn an ASC designation will be required to comply with Certification Maintenance requirements. A minimum of 10 of the 32 CM required credits per reporting period must be on the topic of transportation, environmental planning, or urban design. Credits may be self-reported (limit of 8) or earned through a registered CM provider and must be recorded in the member's personal CM log.
Training should be at an advanced level but will not be uniquely approved or identified as such on the AICP CM Calendar. Each member is responsible for determining the level of training that is appropriate for his or her particular situation.