Pro Bono Planning Service CM Credits

Members may claim CM credits for pro bono planning service conducted from April 1, 2016, going forward.

To claim CM credits, please use the online self-report form.

Before claiming CM credits for service, please view the web-based tutorial.

Complete Details

  • 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.
  • Law, Ethics, Equity and Sustainability & Resilence CM credits are not included.
  • Service conducted from April 1, 2016, going forward will be eligible for CM credit.
  • Planners may not receive direct compensation as part of their reported pro bono planning service. Tangential benefits, such as lunch or free or reduced parking, are acceptable.
  • Members will record their volunteer service and what they learned on a form similar to the one currently used for self-reporting CM credits.
  • Members will be required to view a short, web-based tutorial prior to claiming pro bono CM credits.
    The tutorial will explain eligibility criteria and offer resources to members.
  • One hour of pro bono planning service will equal one CM credit.
  • Pro bono CM credits must be claimed in one-hour increments.

Examples of Eligible Pro Bono Planning Service

  • Planning-related support to groups that lack adequate planning resources, including service that expands choices and opportunities for everyone.
  • Planning to meet the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration.
  • Mentoring the development of students, interns, beginning professionals, colleagues, and members of underrepresented groups to help them advance in the planning profession.
  • Serving on the boards of governmental or nonprofit organizations that advance planning (e.g., planning, historic preservation, or community development commissions).
  • Serving on APA/AICP boards, committees and divisions at the national, chapter and section level, including service to advance members' professional development. This supports planners carrying out the AICP Code of Ethics.
  • Serving on an APA advisory committee or task force, or service to other APA initiatives that rely on member volunteers (e.g., as an AICP exam peer reviewer).
  • Educating the public and other activities that increase understanding of planning.
  • Serving as an unpaid expert witness.

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