Ready to get certified? Take these steps to AICP certification:

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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.

Many employers support their employees' professional advancement by paying for some or all of the costs associated with earning certification and belonging to AICP. Does yours? Before you ask your employer for this financial assistance, download APA's helpful flyer with information to support your request.

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.