2021 National Planning Conference

Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions. We've got answers. We've pulled together some commonly asked questions to help make your conference experience a breeze. Please check the NPC21 homepage for the latest information as details unfold.

Looking for information about the session proposals or becoming a session reviewer?

NPC21 Call for Proposals

Event Information

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

NPC21 is currently scheduled to take place the first week of May 2021. Boston, our host city, is currently subject to quarantine and public gathering restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. APA is preparing for the possibility of a virtual conference while tracking developments in Boston daily. A decision about NPC21' s locale and format will be made in December. Please check back here regularly for the latest information as details unfold.

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!


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

Yes! Your NPC20 credit can be used for NPC21 registration when registration opens in December. 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.

Session Proposals

I' m interested in speaking at NPC21. How do I prepare and when can I submit my session proposal?

APA has developed guidance for prospective speakers that will address the possibility of a virtual program, and specifications for session submissions. Instructions are provided in the call for proposals that is now open.

I' m interested in being a session reviewer for NPC21. When and how can I apply?

The call for reviewers is now open. Find out more 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 safe, local programming and special events, while also considering opportunities that could be delivered in a digital format if the need arises.

Housing and Travel

I want to attend NPC21! Should I book my travel now?

We recommend waiting to book travel until a decision is made in December regarding the conference format. See above for more information.

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!