AICP Application Tips

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

TIP 1:

Carefully read the guide before starting your application.

TIP 2:

Employment verification requirements have been streamlined — APA no longer requires a letter from your employer. Provide your employment information, along with a detailed summary of your planning responsibilities for each position, directly within the AICP Application.

TIP 3:

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.

TIP 4:

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

TIP 5:

Internship experience can count toward meeting the experience requirements if the internship was not part of coursework for a grade or educational degree requirements, and the work experience meets the criteria for professional planning experience.

TIP 6:

Research or project experience can count toward meeting the experience requirements if the research was not part of coursework for a grade or educational degree requirements, and the work experience meets the criteria for professional planning experience.

TIP 7:

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.

TIP 8:

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 included in the AICP Application.

TIP 9:

International planning experience can count towards the professional planning experience requirements. The work must meet the criteria for professional planning experience.