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 Streaming Education

Advanced Environmental Planning streaming product iconLearn 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.

Sections of the AICP CEP Exam Outline Covered

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Additional Resources

Recommended Reading

AICP offers a list of recommended readings to help planners prepare to take the AICP Certified Environmental Planner examination.

National Planning Conference

APA hosted a five-session short course on Planning for Water at the 2011 National Planning Conference in Boston. The sessions are available as streaming education.

Streaming Education

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Education and Training

A general listing of APA resources that offer education on environmental planning.

Training and Workshops

APA offers live, interactive training opportunities to meet your needs.

Audio/Web Conferences

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APA Policy Guides

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Planning for Sustainability

Smart Growth

Surface Transportation

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APA Web Resources

APA Research

Since 1949, APA's program of applied research has resulted in practical, up-to-date information about best practices in urban and regional planning in the U.S.

APA Publications

APA's variety of printed and online publications explore planning in all its breadth and depth.

APA Books

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Non-APA Providers

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