2021 National Planning Conference

Frequently Asked Questions

May 5–7, 2021 | Online

You've got questions. We've got answers. We've pulled together some commonly asked questions to help make your National Planning Conference experience a breeze.

Event Information

Will NPC21 still be an in-person conference in Boston or is it moving online?

NPC21 is scheduled to take place online May 5–7, 2021. Due to the ongoing pandemic and COVID-19 public gathering restrictions currently in place in Boston, NPC21 will take place as a virtual event.

What can I look forward to at NPC21?

The NPC21 experience brings the planning community together to share ideas, address challenges, and get energized. Connect with the biggest names in planning through education sessions, build bridges with planners across the country in engaging networking spaces, and be inspired by the planning community as we come together through adversity.

A preview of what to expect:

  • Education sessions led by the best and brightest
  • Engaging networking activities
  • AICP Certification Maintenance opportunities
  • Explorations of planning in action in the community
  • ... and more!

We're hard at work reviewing session proposals for the NPC21 program. Look for additional program details in March!


What is included in registration?

There are two registration options: NPC21 Live Plus and NPC21 Live. We highly recommend the NPC21 Live Plus, which includes can't-miss perks for only $25 more.


Members $325 | Student Members $100 | Non-Members $425

  • All live sessions, networking, exhibit hall, and other live conference activities
  • Additional professional development subscription perks
  • NPC21 content recordings*
  • Access to all courses in APA Learn, including recorded content from NPC20 @ Home and the 2020 Policy and Advocacy Conference*
  • Two live webinars, dates TBD

* access through June 30, 2021

NPC21 Live

Members $300 | Student Members $75 | Non-Members $400

  • All live sessions, networking, exhibit hall, and other live conference activities

I have a credit from NPC20 — Can I use it for NPC21?

Yes! Your NPC20 credit can be used for NPC21 registration. Your NPC20 credit can also be used on other items including membership dues or renewals, APA Learn courses, and more. Contact registrationchanges@planning.org with questions or to apply your credit.

What registration rate am I eligible for?

Within both the NPC21 Live Plus and NPC21 Live registration pass options, your registration rate is determined by your member status. We are offering registration rates for APA members (including standard, retired, and life members), student member, and non-members. If you have questions, please contact registrationchanges@planning.org.

I bought NPC21 Live and now I want to upgrade to NPC21 Live Plus. How do I upgrade?

We're happy to help you upgrade your registration. Just reach out to us at registrationchanges@planning.org and we will assist you.

I bought NPC21 Live Plus. How do I access the additional professional development subscription perks?

As soon as you complete your purchase of your NPC21 registration, you have immediate access to all the education in APA Learn. Simply browse the catalog and select a course. When you go to check out via the cart, you will see a cost of $0.00 for all courses. Don't forget you can access all the recorded content from NPC20 @ Home and the 2020 Policy and Advocacy Conference!

There are also two complimentary live webinars included in your NPC21 Live Plus purchase. We will notify you as more details are available.

Then finally, once NPC21 has finished, you will have immediate access to the content recordings. Your access to all these perks starts from the moment you purchase your registration through June 30, 2021.

What is the cancellation policy for NPC21?

A full refund can be requested until April 21. After this date, cancellations will be charged a $25 administrative fee.

I am a speaker for NPC21. Do I need to register?  

Yes, you will need to register. To participate as a moderator or speaker you will be asked to register for the conference at the rate associated with your member status. There are two options this year, NPC21 Live Plus and NPC21 Live. Learn more. 

Building the NPC21 Program

We are no longer accepting applications to review sessions or session proposal submissions.

I'm interested in suggesting a topic or referring a speaker for NPC21. How do I do this?

We are still accepting additional essential topic ideas and welcome any referrals for compelling, expert speakers. You can submit ideas and referrals on the call for proposals page. 

Are walking tours, mobile workshops, and other local events being considered for the NPC21 program?

Yes! APA is working with the Local Host Subcommittee in Boston to identify local programming and special events that can be delivered in a digital format.

Sponsorships and Exhibiting

I'm interested in sponsoring/exhibiting at NPC21.

Partner with the American Planning Association as a sponsor or exhibitor for NPC21. Please contact Rachel Barkin at rbarkin@townsend-group.com or 202-367-2329 for further details.

Certification Maintenance

I need AICP Certification Maintenance credits (CM). Will I have the opportunity to earn CM at the conference?

AICP members will have the option to earn CM credits during NPC21, the exact number of which is to be determined. We expect to offer Law and Ethics CM credits during the conference.

Additional FAQs are being added regularly. Please check back here for more!