Score Reporting and AICP Membership

You've taken the exam. What happens now?

Your Exam Score

Test takers receive an unofficial score immediately after completing the computerized exam. Official Score Reports are usually mailed to all exam takers approximately six weeks after the exam window closes. Scores are reported on a scale of 25-75, with 55 as the passing score.

If you have not received a hard copy of your official score report, please contact us at Visit the Exam Candidate Bulletin for full details. 

If You Passed the Exam

Passing the exam does not automatically make you a member of AICP. You will receive a prorated invoice for your new AICP dues, bringing them into the same billing cycle as your APA dues. Please do not begin using the AICP designation until your AICP dues are paid and you are a full member of AICP.

Once these dues have been processed, you will receive an AICP member welcome packet which includes your AICP certificate, pin, and important information about membership, including Certification Maintenance requirements.

AICP Member Welcome Packets

Packets are usually mailed out within four weeks of having received payment, but no sooner than one month after official score reports are sent out. If you fail to pay your first AICP invoice more than two months after you receive it, you must request a welcome packet by sending an e-mail to

If you need a letter from AICP indicating you are a member in good standing, please send an e-mail to after you pay your AICP dues.

If You Failed the Exam

If your original application was approved within the last five testing cycles, please use the application link to review the application we have on file for you and register your intent to take the exam in the next exam window. If your original application was not approved within the last five exam windows, you must completely reapply. This means filling out a new application and resending your verifications.


If you did not keep your exam appointment or did not cancel at least two days in advance, you are considered a No-Show and your exam fee is forfeited. A full cancellation policy may be found in the Exam Candidate Bulletin.

Certification Maintenance

AICP's Certification Maintenance program helps planners gain the knowledge and skills they need to remain current in the practice of planning. Certification Maintenance is a continuing education program required of all AICP members. In order to use the AICP designation, members must acquire a specific number of contact hours of training in a two-year reporting period.

Certification Maintenance for New AICP Members

The CM reporting period for new AICP members will begin the January after AICP exam candidates have officially been granted AICP membership (that is, after AICP dues payments have been received and processed by APA, and AICP members have received their official AICP number).

AICP members may begin earning credits from the time AICP membership is officially granted. They may not apply credits for courses they participated in before they became AICP members.