Free APA On-Demand Education Offering CM Credit

The American Planning Association provides a number of opportunities for AICP members to obtain Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for free through on demand education products.

These opportunities, links to more information, and CM credits available are listed below. APA will add free on demand opportunities as they become available, so please check this page frequently for the most current information. Get details below on how to claim CM credit for this free training.

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

Live Streaming Course

Federal Drought Mitigation Initiatives, Tools, and Resources to Reduce Risk

September 18, 2019 | 1 p.m. (CT)

Reserve your spot for the free “Federal Drought Mitigation Initiatives, Tools, and Resources to Reduce Risk” webinar. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Bureau of Reclamation will discuss funding and technical assistance resources communities can use to reduce risk to drought and cascading impacts, like flooding.

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CM | 1.25

APA Learn

2018 Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas: Land Value Capture for Infrastructure Finance

An expert panel will review land value capture as a tool for municipal infrastructure finance, and highlight emerging policies with an eye to providing strategies and success stories that will assist local leaders who are considering similar techniques. The forum will share innovations — and the pragmatic nuts and bolts needed to make them happen — by emphasizing state and local policy changes that are enabling effective approaches to land value capture.

CM | 1.5

2017 Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas

Smart Cities, Federal Data, and Civic Innovation

Keynote speaker John Thompson, former U.S. Census Bureau director, discusses present-day risks to federal data, examines how lawmaker decisions are affecting federal data sources, and explores whether the 2020 Census is in jeopardy.

CM | 1.5


National Partners and Local Coalitions

Local coalitions and national partners leveraged complementary expertise to help make communities healthier and more equitable. From complete streets to health impact assessments, learn more about Plan4Health strategies through seven on-demand courses.

Up to CM | 5.5


During Planners4Health, participating APA chapters created cross-disciplinary task forces to connect further health and planning in their states and regions. A cornerstone of the program was a six-part curriculum guiding members through each step of the project, now available on demand.

Up to CM | 8.5

Policy and Advocacy

Planning and the Elections: A Breakdown of Election Results and Look Ahead to the Lame Duck

Listen to a discussion of the planning issues in the 2016-17 lame duck session of Congress, including final funding issues. Topics include:

  • Implications of the 2016 election results for planners
  • Analysis of the next Congress
  • Review of key ballot measure races and state legislative races
  • Ideas for local advocacy during the transition

CM | 1.0

Community Assistance Program

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

Tuesdays at APA

Lectures and Podcasts

Each month in Washington, D.C., 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 recent podcasts offer 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

Planning Information Exchange

Webinar Series

The Planning Information Exchange (PIE) series is a quarterly webinar hosted by the Association of State Floodplain Managers and the American Planning Association, powered by FEMA. The webinar focuses on mitigation planning in a multi-hazard context and has covered topics including hazard planning for historical districts, emergency temporary housing, finance mechanisms for mitigation, and subdivision design. Each webinar features a guest expert(s), whose presentations are given as both a live panel and subsequently downloadable resource. CM credit can be earned by watching the webinar; it is highly suggested that participants register early for this popular program.

CM | 1.0 or CM | 1.5

How to Claim and Record CM Credits for On Demand Education

To receive CM credit, AICP members must listen to the audio recording in full, follow along with the provided PowerPoint, or PDF, and then complete an evaluation of the audio recording at

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