Certification Maintenance Exemptions
AICP members in certain life and career situations may be eligible for an exemption from AICP dues and some or all Certification Maintenance (CM) requirements.
Exemptions while keeping AICP membership active include unemployed (periodic, part-time, in transition), life members, retired, and foreign practice.
Exemptions to temporarily inactivate AICP membership include parental leave, military service leave, health, care leave, foreign residency, and other.
If you anticipate needing a CM exemption, apply as soon as possible. It may take up to two weeks to receive approval for an exemption request. If you are already aware of what type of exemption to apply for, please proceed to the How to Apply for a CM Exemption section.
|Exemptions to Keep Your AICP Membership Active|
|The following exemptions may be granted to AICP members who wish to remain active and continue to use their AICP credential during the period in which the exemption applies. APA, AICP, and chapter membership dues must be kept current for these exemption types.|
Unemployed/ In Transition
Most Certification Maintenance requirements may be waived if you are unemployed or in a transition period.
Under this exemption, you must earn 4 CM credits per quarter of the calendar year you were employed including law and ethics credits.
Below are subcategories of the Unemployed/ In Transition CM Exemption:
Life Members are partially or completely exempt from Certification Maintenance requirements. An AICP member qualifies if they are a current and continuous APA member for 25 or more years, and are 65 or older. Life Members have two exemption options:
Option 1: You have the option to meet half the CM credit required (16 CM credits) including 1.0 credit each of ethics, law, equity and sustainability and resilience.
Option 2: If you are a Life Member who meets the Retired Member criteria, then you qualify for a full exemption from CM requirements.
To request the Life Member exemption, please complete the Life Membership Application.
Retired Members are exempt from Certification Maintenance requirements. An AICP member qualifies if they are a current and continuous APA member for 10 or more years; are 65 or older; and are completely retired — excluding part-time non-planning related or nonprofessional work. Planners practicing part time or who were retired and return to the workforce must meet the full obligations of Certification Maintenance unless granted one of the exemptions below.
To request the Retired CM exemption, please complete the Retired Membership Application.
Planners practicing entirely outside the U.S. will be exempt from taking registered CM courses, although they will still be required to maintain certification through the creation of a Personal Professional Development Plan.
Members who are unable to engage in professional development activities while working abroad have the option of applying for a foreign residency exemption resulting in inactive membership status described below.
Please note, this exemption type requires a new exemption application and updated Personal Professional Development Plan for each reporting period.
|Exemptions to Temporarily Inactivate Your AICP Membership|
The exemptions below may be granted to AICP members who wish to be in a temporary inactivate membership status. Under this status, AICP membership will be inactivated. The maximum consecutive number of years a member may claim an inactive status is four.
AICP members who wish to apply for inactive status:
An inactive membership status of up to four consecutive years may be granted for the birth or adoption of a child.
Military Service Leave
An inactive membership status of up to four consecutive years may be granted to members on active duty who are deployed overseas for either Temporary Duty (TDY) or Permanent Change of Station (PCS), or to members of the Armed Forces Reserve or National Guard who have been mobilized or deployed.
An inactive membership status of up to four consecutive years may be granted for reasons of ill health.
An inactive membership status of up to four consecutive years may be granted to members who need to stay at home to care for another person.
An inactive membership status of up to four consecutive years may be granted to members living outside of the U.S. Members living abroad may also wish to engage in developing a Professional Development Plan to maintain AICP membership during their time abroad.
Other reasons (up to four consecutive years) for inactive membership.
How to Apply for a CM Exemption
You must be an active member of AICP to qualify for these exemptions, which means that your AICP, APA, and chapter dues must be paid and up to date.
The last day to apply for an exemption from CM during a reporting period is December 31 of that reporting period.
AICP Certification Reinstatement
Details on How to Reinstate Your AICP Membership from Inactive Status
Definition of effective date: The effective date will be the next quarterly paid thru date after the change is approved. Paid thru dates happen on four dates in each year, corresponding to membership periods: March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31.
For example, if a member is approved for an inactive exemption in February, the effective date of the change would be March 31. Back dues will be calculated from the member's own paid thru date. For example, if a member's paid thru date is June 30 then back dues would start accumulating as of July 1.
To learn more about reinstating, please visit the AICP Reinstatement web page.
If you have additional questions, contact us using our customer service form.