Ready to get certified? Take these steps to AICP certification:
Get Educated and Gain Experience
AICP Comprehensive Planning Examination candidates must meet specific criteria for education and experience, so determine your eligibility before you apply. Check out the AICP eligibility requirements and find out if your experience qualifies.
Apply for the AICP Exam
If you are eligible, you can apply to take the AICP Comprehensive Planning Examination. APA accepts applications twice a year — in June (for the exam administered in November) and December (for the exam administered in May).
APA resources can help you submit a successful application.
Apply by June 8 to receive early notification of approval or an opportunity to revise your application if it is not approved.
Pass the Exam
See APA's five-step approach to exam preparation and links to many resources to help you succeed.
Become an AICP member
You've passed the exam. What happens next?
- Pay AICP dues as soon as you receive APA's invoice.
- APA will confirm your right to use the AICP credential.
- You'll receive an AICP welcome packet. Congratulations!
Additional information is in the Exam Candidate Bulletin.