The AICP Candidate Program Launched in November 2017
The purpose of the AICP Candidate Pilot program is to provide planners fresh out of college the opportunity to pursue the AICP Certification while they gain their professional planning experience.
For the duration of the pilot phase of the program, students and graduates of Planning Accreditation Board-approved planning programs are eligible to enroll.
The two paths to AICP:
The first year of the program shows that young planners have a strong desire to pursue AICP and to start their careers in the planning field. These planners are sending a message that dedication to high standards of practice, ethics, and professional conduct will continue to be the foundation of the planning field.
"I was able to use the AICP Candidate program to learn more about planning while beginning my career. Once I passed the exam, I was able to elevate my organization by having a certified planner on staff."
—Kevin Buettner, AICP
"The AICP Candidate program helped my employer recognize my serious commitment to planning. I've been given additional responsibilities and opportunities to make public presentations as a result."
—Robert Joseph, AICP
After one year, 1,050 members have joined the program: 700 are graduates that are ready to take the exam, 137 passed the May 2018 AICP Certification Exam to become AICP Candidates, and 20 successfully applied for AICP in June 2018.
For the 20 members that completed all of the steps, they also began their lifelong commitment to the planning field by tracking 16 Certification Maintenance credits before they applied for AICP. Their essays were reviewed and approved by the same team of AICP peer reviewers that assess the applications for planners pursuing the traditional path to AICP and were evaluated based on the same criteria.
As year two begins, we are expecting to see an increase in the number of participants that complete all of the steps and join the dedicated planners in AICP. For the November 2018 exam window, over 200 graduate participants have registered to take the exam!
Congratulations to the new AICP credential holders
These members completed all of the steps in the AICP Candidate Pilot Program:
Ty Adley, AICP – Indiana
Benjamin Anderson, AICP – Colorado
Nicholas Bleich, AICP – California
Kevin Buettner, AICP – Ohio
Sean Calvin, AICP – California
Emily Corban, AICP – Mississippi
Brian Crooks, AICP – South Carolina
Anielle Delgado, AICP – Florida
Ashley Eaton, AICP – Massachusetts
Lacey Gabbard, AICP – Kentucky
Corinne Jones, AICP – California
Robert Joseph, AICP – New York
Jacob Labutka, AICP – Florida
Huy Ly, AICP – California
Brian Pierce, AICP – Virginia
James Sasser, AICP – Pennsylvania
Kyle Simpson, AICP – Florida
Melissa Spriegel, AICP – Texas
Emily Thomason, AICP – Virginia
Zachary Tusinger, AICP – California
About the Author
Eric Roach is APA's professional practice program associate.