AICP Comprehensive Planning Examination
The application window for this exam is now closed.
|Application Window Opens||December 1, 2015|
|Early Bird Deadline||December 7, 2015, 11:59 p.m. CT|
|Final Application Deadline||December 31, 2015, 11:59 p.m. CT|
|Early Bird Notification Deadline||February 1, 2016|
|Final Notification Deadline||March 28, 2016|
|Registration Deadline||April 21, 2016, 11:59 p.m. CT|
|Transfer Deadline||April 21, 2016|
|Testing Window||May 9–22, 2016|
(Due after Approval)
|U.S. and Canada *||$70
(refundable for denied and incomplete applications only)
Applications are no longer being accepted for this exam period.
If your application is already approved:
Here is all the information you'll need to apply for and take the AICP Comprehensive Planning Examination. Follow the step-by-step instructions below.
Contact AICP exam staff at AICPexam@planning.org.
Exam Application Review
AICP Peer Reviewers and APA staff will collaborate in evaluating all exam application essays to determine whether they meet the required criteria for professional planning experience.
AICP Peer Reviewers have been AICP members for at least five years and demonstrated their commitment to the profession. Peer review ensures that AICP exam application reviews reflect the informed judgment of seasoned certified planners.
Eligible members who are interested in volunteering as AICP Peer Reviewers may learn more and apply here.
How to Apply to Take the Exam
Bring your membership up to date
You must be a member of APA to sit for the exam. Make sure your APA and chapter dues are up to date before starting your application.
Read the Exam Candidate Bulletin and the Response Checklist
The Exam Candidate Bulletin will help you decide whether the exam is right for you. For a quick look at the eligibility requirements, view Does My Experience Qualify. Check out the new Criterion Response Checklist. This is a great resource to make sure your responses meet the requirements.
Submit the application and pay exam fees
Complete and submit your online application by the deadline. Exam fees are $495 for new applicants and $425 for returning applicants. See the full chart of fees above.
Applicants that apply during the Early Bird window will receive early notification of their approval or an opportunity to revise their application if they are disapproved, according to the advice in their denial letter, and resubmit their application in the same exam window.
Returning applicants: If your original application was approved within the last five exam cycles, please use the "Begin My Registration" button during the application window to register your intent to take the exam. If your original application was not approved within the last five exam windows, you must reapply using the "Begin My Application" button on this page during the application window. This includes filling out a new application and uploading verifications. Read the Exam Candidate Bulletin for more information.
Upload your verification documents
You must verify your education and employment experience before being approved to take the exam. To ensure your verification letters will be accepted, APA has created a Sample Employment Verification Letter that you can provide to your reference. All verifications are uploaded directly into the application before you submit. Read more in the Exam Candidate Bulletin.
Monitor your application
APA will update your My APA web page once your verifications have been validated. Please continue to periodically monitor that page for any notifications about the status of your application and verifications.
Watch for an e-mail from APA
Once APA has received all your verifications, we will begin reviewing your application. Normal processing and review time is approximately 8-10 weeks; however, this is a rough estimate and some applications will take longer to review than others. Early Bird applicants will receive notification by the Early Bird Notification Deadline, and all other applicants will receive notification by the Final Notification Deadline.