AICP certified planners carry a high mark of distinction — they meet rigorous standards, maintain their expertise through continuing education, and serve community interests.

What Is AICP?

Click here to learn all about APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Apply to Take the AICP Comprehensive Planning Examination

Next Testing Windows


May 4-18, 2015

The application window for the May 2015 exam is now closed.

November 2-17, 2015

The application window for the November 2015 exam will open on June 2, 2015.

Post-Exam Information

You've just taken the exam. What happens next? All the information you need is found in the Exam Candidate Bulletin.

Exam Pass Rates: 2004-2013

APA is pleased to provide an updated summary of the exam pass rates of graduates of PAB–accredited planning programs in the United States and Canada.

Complete Exam Details

Taking the AICP Comprehensive Planning Examination is the first step to becoming a certified planner. To qualify, one must be a current APA member, submit an online application meeting certain education and experience criteria, and pass an examination.

The Exam Candidate Bulletin is your complete guide to the exam and becoming an AICP member.