Free APA Distance Education Offering CM Credit

The American Planning Association provides several opportunities for AICP members to obtain Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for free through distance education products.

These opportunities, links to more information, and CM credits available are listed below. APA will add free distance education opportunities as they come online, so please check this page frequently for the most current information.

PLEASE NOTE: You may view a course more than once; however, you may claim CM credit for only one viewing.

Streaming Education

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery

Get a jump on post-disaster recovery with this two-part virtual session from APA's 2013 National Planning Conference. Weigh the pros and cons of predisaster versus postdisaster planning. Find out how to tie long-term recovery into the rest of your community’s planning. And discover a new tool for adapting recovery planning to different types of disaster.

CM | 2.5

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APA Community Assistance Program (CAP) Training Webinar

In addition to an overview of the direct technical assistance aspects of APA's Community Assistance Program (CAP), the CAP Training Webinar is intended for APA members interested in starting their own pro bono community assistance programs within their own chapters or divisions.

Distance CM credit may be earned by watching the webinar and completing an evaluation.

CM | 1.0

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2013 AICP Symposium

People and Places

The 2013 AICP Symposium looked at how immigrants affect the economies and cultures of the cities where they live and work.

Certification Maintenance (CM) credits may be earned by streaming the audio presentation and following along with the PowerPoint presentations.

CM | 2.5

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2012 AICP Symposium

Aging in Place: Planning's Role and Responsibilities

The 2012 AICP Symposium looked at the ways in which communities must adapt to the demographic shift coming with aging populations. Planners are in a position to ensure that this growing population has access to services no matter the context. Issues of mobility, food access, and healthy living are just some topics explored.

Certification Maintenance (CM) credits may be earned by streaming the audio presentation and following along with the PowerPoint presentations.

CM | 2.5

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Tuesdays at APA: Lectures and Podcasts

Each month in Chicago, APA hosts a free after-work lecture and discussion in which practicing planners and researchers discuss innovative ideas and concepts or present their latest projects. These programs offer Certification Maintenance (CM) credit for attendees. They are also recorded and offered for CM credit through distance education. AICP members listen to the audio recording and follow along with a provided PowerPoint.

CM | 1.0 per live lecture or recording currently labeled with the CM logo

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Planning for Healthy Places with Health Impact Assessments

Through examples and activities, this "how-to" guide explains the value of Health Impact Assessments and outlines the steps involved in conducting one. The course was developed by the American Planning Association and the National Association of County & City Health Officials, and is available free through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through December 31, 2014.

CM | 6.0

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Centennial Symposium

1909–2109: Sustaining the Lasting Value of American Planning

This symposium brought together federal officials, planners, academics, and grassroots advocates to focus on the achievements of America's first 100 years of planning. Certification Maintenance (CM) credits may be earned by viewing all four parts of the symposium video.

CM | 4.0

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How to Claim and Record CM Credits

Visit Certification Maintenance and log in to claim your credits: 

  • Select My CM Log
  • Select Add CM-Registered Credits
  • Under Browse, click on the option Distance Education, type the title of the activity into the search box, and click Go. When the activity name appears, click on it.
  • In the pop-up box, please select the "date taken" (when you viewed the product), then rate the activity, add a comment (optional), and click on the Ethics statement and answer, before hitting Submit.

For assistance with your log, please send all inquiries to AICPCM@planning.org.