Self-Reporting Basics

CM Credit for Pro Bono for Planning Service

Pro bono planning service is an option within self-reported CM credits. AICP members may self-report a maximum of eight CM credits in a two-year reporting period (excludes the law and ethics CM credit requirements).

CM Credit for Professional Development Activity not Registered with APA by the Provider

  • 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."
  • On demand education (i.e., asynchronous learning events, CD-ROMs, telecasts, podcasts) is not eligible for self-reporting. A live webinar (interaction with a speaker) is eligible for self-reporting.
  • 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 planner¬†(i.e., for a planner with at least 4¬†years of professional experience after earning a 2-year master's degree).
  • 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

Providers must demonstrate that the content of the activity is related to planning law, such as environmental law, land use law, redevelopment law, administrative law, housing law, etc.

Activities submitted for CM law credit must be closely related to recently enacted planning laws or recent (recent is defined as within the last 10 years) case decisions or trend in existing planning laws or case decisions. Training on law must constitute a majority of the content of the activity.

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