AICP Certified Environmental Planner (AICP CEP) Exam Preparation

Where Do I Start?

What types of questions will be on the AICP CEP exam? What emerging environmental issues should I study? Where can I find resources for study?

Step 1: Look at the exam outline. This provides you with the types of questions and percentage breakdown of the topics included in the exam.

Step 2: Compare the content outline with your current knowledge base. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are there areas that I am comfortable with given my current experience and specialization? Do I need to solidify my understanding?
  • Are there areas that I have a basic understanding of but from which I could benefit taking a refresher course?
  • What areas are outside my knowledge base?

Step 3: Find training and resources that help fill in these gaps. APA has developed a vast number of education resources that focus on environmental planning but we also recommend that you explore education options from one of our many CM providers as well. See below for more information.

Step 4: Contact us ( with questions. We are more than happy to help you focus your exam preparation.

Advanced Environmental Planning Education

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Learn about selected topics covered in the AICP Certified Environmental Planning Examination (AICP CEP). Topics include green infrastructure, land preservation, performance measurements, TDR, stormwater management, LEED and LEED-ND, and low-impact development.

This streaming education training product covers selected areas of the exam outline. This product does not provide sample questions from the examination or specific information on the examination itself. Rather, the presenters cover the leading practice for those topics highlighted in the exam outline below.

On Demand: Advanced Environmental Planning

On Demand: Advanced Environmental Planning 2

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