Self-Reporting CM Credits

Self-Reporting Basics

  • For every two-year CM reporting period, AICP members may self-report up to 8 credits from professional development activities that are not registered with APA by the provider. 
  • Members may submit events that occurred on or after their AICP start date.
  • The self-report form may be used as many times as needed, however only 8 CM credits will apply.
  • For multi-part events, please use only one form. Enter the dates and the times of the event and not each individual session. Briefly describe all individual sessions and speaker information in the "Event or Course Description."
  • Distance education (i.e., asynchronous learning events, CD-ROMs, telecasts, podcasts) is not eligible for self-reporting.
  • Time spent in business meetings of APA leadership, whether at the national, chapter, or division levels, is not eligible for self-reporting CM credits.
  • Time spent in mentoring activity is not eligible for self-reporting CM credits.
  • Time spent in volunteer activities is not eligible for self-reporting CM credits.
  • Teaching for a salary, fee, or honorarium is not eligible for self-reporting CM credits.
  • If you were a speaker or instructor at an event, you will receive CM credits for the duration of the activity, or the amount of time you spoke or instructed, plus 1 hour (CM) for preparation regardless of activity length. In the CM log, credit for speaking will be identified with an "S".

CM Criteria

To be eligible for CM credit, a professional development activity must meet the following criteria:

  • Taught at a level that is appropriate for a typical AICP member (i.e., a planner with at least two years of professional experience).
  • Meet a specific planning-related objective.   
  • Led by one or more subject matter experts.

Ethics Credit Criteria
The event must focus on training planners on the standards of ethical behavior according to the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. While general ethics courses, local ethics laws, and ethics codes from other professions can introduce relevant issues as well, the AICP Code focuses on a system of moral principles specific to professional planners.

Law Credit Criteria
The content of the activity must be related to planning law, such as environmental law, land use law, redevelopment law, administrative law, housing law, etc. The event must be closely related to recently enacted planning laws or recent case decisions or trends in existing planning laws or case decisions. Please note that events related to local-level regulations, policies and ordinances (including zoning), political movements, policy recommendations, and policy initiatives are not eligible for law credit. Training on law must constitute a majority of the content of the event.


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