AICP Application Tips

Read our tips designed to give you a smooth certification experience.

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Before applying for certification, read the AICP Guide Part 1: Certification Application. Learning about your eligibility requirements and verifying your education and employment equips you with information to meet the requirements, helping you to prepare a successful application.

TIP 2

It pays to apply early: If you submit your planning experience essays during the expedited review period and your essays are denied, you can address the issues and re-submit in the same window. This opportunity is available only for expedited applicants, so make sure to submit your planning experience essays by the deadline.

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Streamlined Employment Verification Requirements! APA no longer requires a letter from your employer. You provide your employment information, along with a detailed summary of your planning responsibilities for each position, directly within the AICP Application. See AICP Guide Part 1: Certification Application for more information.

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Acceptable ways to verify your education history include:

  • Copy of diploma (notarized copy no longer required)
  • University transcript (must show degree conferral date)
  • Letter from the university confirming your degree and graduation date on letterhead.

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A complete job history is not required. Focus on providing specific experience that meets the minimum eligibility requirements.

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Internship experience can count toward meeting the experience requirements as long as the internship was not part of course work for a grade and the work experience meets the criteria for professional planning experience.

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Part-time professional planning experience can count toward meeting experience requirements. Simply prorate that experience into a full-time equivalent. Similarly, persons working full time, but devoting a portion of their time to another field, may also prorate that experience into a full-time equivalent.

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Volunteer planning experience can also count toward professional planning experience requirements. Volunteer planning experience must comprise substantive planning activities (e.g., research and data collection, report writing, presentations), and a summary of your experience must be summarized in the AICP Application.