APA Membership Benefits

When you join APA, you join tens of thousands of professionals in planning and related fields, officials, educators, students, and engaged citizens. Like you, they have made a personal commitment to making great communities. Membership in APA offers access to unique resources and unequaled opportunities for professional growth, networking, leadership, and advocacy.


APA members get our flagship magazine, Planning — the best source of news on contemporary planning practice — in print and digital editions. Every other month, Planning includes "The Commissioner," a section of special interest to planning commissioners and local officials.

Members also receive Interact, an electronic newsletter. Read Interact to keep up with association news and benefits, learn about opportunities to participate, and find links to valuable resources on our website.

Members save on subscriptions to the Journal of the American Planning Association. (Participants in APA's Early Career Membership Program get an extra discount on JAPA.) Members also save on Planners Press books and other products at the APA Store.


Every APA member in the United States belongs to a local chapter. Chapter membership will involve you close to home — sharing experiences with colleagues, expanding your network, and keeping you up to date on local and regional issues.


APA divisions use knowledge, resources, and expertise to transform communities. Division members' diverse interests and talents shape these place-based transformations from a wide variety of perspectives. Division dues are discounted for APA members.

Professional Certification

Advance your career and affirm your commitment to the highest level of planning practice by earning certification and advanced specialty certification. Successful candidates are APA members who meet the American Institute of Certified Planners' requirements for education and experience and pass a rigorous examination.

APA Profile and Member Directory

Boost your professional visibility and expand your planning network by creating a My APA Profile. Add your picture, academic degrees, professional biography, resume, and links to your website and social media pages. Use your profile page to track member benefits and important information about your APA account, membership, and subscription status.

Share your profile in the APA Member Directory so other members can find you and you can find APA colleagues in the United States and around the world.

Educational Opportunities

APA's National Planning Conference, held every spring in a major U.S. city, is planning's premier educational and networking event. Join thousands of planners and other professionals, local officials, and students to learn the latest in planning at sessions, workshops, and explorations of the host city.

Use your membership to save on other professional education opportunities throughout the year: chapter conferences, webinars, the Policy and Advocacy Conference, streaming educational products, and many others.

APA Image Library

The photographs in the APA Image Library are available only to APA members, who may download and use the images online, in presentations, and in print free of charge. Browse through the entire collection, or use the search and filtering functions to find a photo that meets specific criteria.

Planners' Advocacy Network

APA is the leading national advocate for good planning policies and essential programs. Strengthen our voice — and elevate your own advocacy profile — by joining the members-only Planners' Advocacy Network. Take advantage of APA's training, organization, and access to engage with legislators who represent your community.

Communication Tools

Get your message across with help from the Planners' Communications Guide 2.0, APA's online, interactive handbook that helps members develop and deliver positive, values-based messages about planning to key audiences.

Planners Salary Survey

The biennial APA/AICP Planners Salary Survey is a comprehensive look at professional compensation and benefits. Only APA members may access all survey results and the built-in salary calculator.