APA 2020 Policy and Advocacy Conference

Frequently Asked Questions

Accessing Recordings

I attended the Policy and Advocacy Conference live. How do I access the session recordings?

Attendees can find the Policy and Advocacy Conference Collection in their APA Learn Dashboard. Attendees will have access to the recordings for one year from the date of the live event. Recordings can also be accessed from the session detail page found in the full program.

CM Credits

How do I log CM credits for a session that I viewed live?

Log Live Event CM Credits

To log a completed session(s):

  • Select the heading of the session you attended on the conference page.
  • Click "Add to My Log" or "Evaluate Event".
  • Add your ratings for the session(s).
  • Click "Submit." This will log your CM credits.
  • Select the "Log more activities from: APA 2020 Policy and Advocacy Conference" to add more courses.
  • Check your CM log to verify the CM credits totals have adjusted accordingly.

How do I log CM credits when I finish an APA Learn course?

Log On-Demand CM Credits in APA Learn

When you complete a course:

  • Return to the APA Learn course page and click "Evaluate."
  • Complete the course evaluation on APA Learn. (Most answers will auto-fill for identical questions in the course evaluation in your CM log.) When you finish, return to the APA Learn course page.
  • Click the link under "Claim CM. "
  • The partially-completed CM course evaluation will appear. Complete the evaluation by indicating:
    • (at the top, optional) If you were a speaker/instructor, check the box indicating you were a speaker/instructor
    • (optional) Adjust content and speaker ratings populated from the APA Learn Course Evaluation and add comments; and
    • (at the bottom) If you agree to APA publishing your comments.
  • Click "Submit." This will log your CM credits.
  • Check your CM log to verify the CM credits totals have adjusted accordingly.

I need AICP Certification Maintenance credits (CM). How many can I earn at the conference?

AICP members can earn 10.5 CM credits.

Notice: AICP members claiming credit for a session are required to remain in the session for the duration in order to receive CM credit.

Will the credits only be available if I watch each session live or can I earn CM credits if I access the sessions later throughout the year via APA Learn?

CM will be available for both the live and recorded conference sessions, regardless of when or where they are watched. Sessions will be available for all attendees for one year after the conference in APA Learn. Session CM credits can also be logged in APA Learn. Any sessions that members did not get to view live will be available for viewing on demand 24 hours later.

Joining Live

How do access the Zoom links to the sessions?

All direct links are emailed to attendees at the beginning of each conference day from events@planning.org. We recommend adding this email address to you contacts to decrease the chance of the email ending up in your junk or spam folders.

You can view the webinars through the Zoom Client app or the browser, but we highly recommend the app for the best experience possible.

I can't find the email with the links. Are they listed anywhere else?

Yes. Each activity's detail page in the full program will have links to join the Zoom webinar or meeting. You must be logged in to planning.org with the credentials you used to register to view the links. Forget your APA password? Reset it.

Do I need a Zoom account to join the conference activities?

Yes. If you do not already have an account, create one for free.

Will I be able to ask questions during the webinars?

Yes. All attendees will be in listen-only mode during the session webinars, but you can send questions to the speakers with the Q&A function. You will also be able to view other attendee's questions and upvote questions. Note: This is not the case for the networking activities or the happy hours. We encourage you to turn your camera on for those activities and speak up!

Other common Zoom issues and their solutions:

  • My audio is echoing during the call.
  • I'm having video camera issues during the networking activities.

Event Information

What is the Policy and Advocacy Conference?

The 2020 Policy and Advocacy Conference is a digital experience that brings Capitol Hill to you. Over two days, planners and professionals from around the country will have the opportunity to learn about critical issues facing planners including infrastructure, recovery and stimulus, equitable economies, and more. You will also have the unique opportunity to participate in Planners' Day on Capitol Hill from wherever you may be! During Planners' Day on Capitol Hill — where APA arranges meetings with your congressional offices — get the chance to join peers and you can share planning stories from your community as you advocate for the importance of planning and planning issues.

When is the Policy and Advocacy Conference?

September 23–24. Watch sessions live on these dates — and get access to recordings of the sessions for one full year after the conference. Session recordings will be available 24 hours after the live stream.

How do I participate?

APA will be using Zoom webinar for the live sessions. Links to all events will be available closer to the conference and will be emailed to attendees. The recorded sessions will be available in APA Learn for one year.

What time zone does the schedule reflect?

All times are expressed in Eastern time.


What are the registration rates for Policy and Advocacy Conference?

$175 for APA Members
$50 for APA Student Members
$245 for Nonmembers

What is included with registration?

  • Admittance to all live sessions
  • Access to all session recordings in APA Learn for a year
  • Live networking
  • Planners' Day on Capitol Hill legislative meetings (when you register by September 16)
  • A seat at the Burnham Forum digital event
  • Guaranteed access at no additional fee to the historically sold-out post-November election webinar that provides analysis and opportunities for Lame Duck congressional session advocacy

How do I register for the Policy and Advocacy Conference?

Register online by visiting the Policy and Advocacy Conference registration page. For questions, please reach out to registrationchanges@planning.org or call 312-786-6729.

Do I need to register for Planners' Day on Capitol Hill separately?

No. When you register for the conference, you will be asked if you want to participate in Planners' Day on Capitol Hill. By answering yes, you are letting us know that you want APA to schedule a meeting with your congressional offices. If you already registered and now want to participate in Planners' Day on Capitol Hill, please let us know. Reservations for this event were required by September 16.

I was planning to attend NPC20 in Houston and still have registration credits. How should I apply this credit for NPC20 @ Home?

Please contact us at registrationchanges@planning.org to apply your credit to the Policy and Advocacy Conference.

I need to cancel or make changes to my registration. What is your cancelation policy?

If you must cancel, change, or transfer your registration, email registrationchanges@planning.org. You cannot cancel or transfer by phone or on social media. You may cancel your registration in writing and receive a full refund until September 21.

What is the deadline to register?

We've extended registration and added more spots so more people can join us for the event. Spots are limited and in order to ensure the best experience possible for all attendees, we will close registration when we sell out.

Planners' Day on Capitol Hill

What is Planners' Day on Capitol Hill?

This event is a series of meetings via conference calls with your congressional offices. APA arranges time for participants to have meaningful conversations, in small groups, with legislators and their staff about critical planning issues and the federal support planners need to create equitable, prosperous communities. Reservations for this event were required by September 16.

Is there an additional cost associated with Planners' Day on Capitol Hill?

No. This event is included in your registration.

Is there a deadline to participate in this event?

Yes. Reservations for this event were required by September 16.

How will a remote Planners' Day on Capitol Hill work this year?

As in previous years, APA will arrange meetings with your congressional offices. On-demand training will be available to all participants in September to help them prepare for their meetings, as well as live help-desk hours via Zoom during the conference and ahead of the event. You will meet with the legislative office with a group of your peers also from your area. We encourage you to connect with this group ahead of the meeting to coordinate talking points.

A majority of these meetings will take place in the afternoon (Eastern time) on September 23 via a conference call. Don't forget to join us for the post Planners' Day on Capitol Hill Celebration to commemorate our day of advocacy!