APA Membership Benefits

When you join APA, you join thousands of professionals in planning and related fields as well as officials, educators, students, and engaged citizens. All have made a personal commitment to making great communities happen. Membership in APA offers unequaled opportunities for professional growth, networking, leadership, and advocacy along with many tangible benefits.

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. Any member may browse through the entire collection or use the search and filtering functions to find a photo that exactly meets the member's specified criteria.


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

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

AICP members receive a web-based quarterly, Practicing Planner, and all members save on subscriptions to the Journal of the American Planning Association. Student and new professional members 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, keeping you up to date on local and regional issues, and broadening your perspective beyond your office, commission, community, or campus.


Share a special interest by joining an APA division. Most divisions are online communities, sharing news and viewpoints through web-based discussions and publications. Members come together and educate the rest of APA about their specialties at sponsored sessions at the National Planning Conference. APA members pay discounted dues for division memberships.

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 comprehensive planning examination.

APA Profile and Member Directory

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

You're encouraged to share your profile in the APA Member Directory. Other members can find you, and you can locate APA colleagues in your own community, in every state, and in more than 90 countries worldwide.

Reduced Member Rates

Eligible members may qualify for reduced rates for Retired, Life, or Unemployed dues. To find out if you qualify, please visit:

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, Planners Training Service workshops, audio/web conferences, the Policy and Advocacy Conference, streaming educational products, and many others.

Communications tools

Get your message across with assistance 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. Topics covered include public participation, media relations, and e-communications, and the guide is full of helpful materials like worksheets, sample plans, and templates.

Planners' Salary Survey

The biennial APA/AICP Planners Salary Survey is the most comprehensive look at compensation and benefits in the profession. The survey summary is available to everyone, but only APA members may access all survey results and the built-in salary calculator.