Connect with APA
APA needs talented individuals who will help drive its strategy and future initiatives. Our goal is to build an exceptional and dedicated national leadership, to develop new and emerging leaders at all levels of APA, and ultimately make the profession and organization better.
Chapters get you engaged close to home. APA’s 47 chapters are members’ local source for networking and professional development. When you join APA, you automatically become a member of your local chapter.
Most chapters offer an annual conference, programming, and a newsletter; some also conduct legislative programs, sponsor training workshops for commissioners, and more.
APA’s 23 divisions are communities of professionals who share your interests and understand your concerns. From city, county, rural, regional, federal, and international planning to preservation and sustainability to housing and transportation, to disaster recovery and hazard mitigation — APA has your interests covered.
Discuss ideas, contribute to national policy work, develop conference sessions, build partnerships, and stay up to date on the planning issues you are most passionate about.
Resources for Students and New Planners
Learn how planning affects your community, what planners do, how to get involved, or how to become a planner.
- Students. Take advantage of opportunities for leadership, make professional connections, showcase your work, receive expert career guidance, and much more.
- New Planners. Apply skills and training to benefit your community. Find jobs, share your planning passion with colleagues near and far, and become AICP certified.
Resources for Planning Board Members and Public Officials
APA is the best source for training, tools, and support related to local planning. APA offers planning officials tested tools — publications, training, and other targeted resources — that help their communities anticipate and plan for tomorrow.
Equity Diversity Inclusion
Diversity within the profession is essential to finding a common and encompassing community vision, and APA members are committed to fostering such diversity. Increasing social equity, diversity, and minority participation must occur in order to better serve minority populations. Join APA on this important quest.
Inspire the planning profession to build the best communities and become the best planners possible: nominate or apply for prestigious awards, honors, or certifications.
- National Planning Awards
- Fellow of AICP
- Scholarships and Fellowships
- Outstanding Planning Students Awards
- Outstanding Planning Student Organization Awards
- Outstanding Planning Student Project Awards
APA and AICP Member Directory
Use the information you find here to connect or reconnect with APA colleagues, contacts, and friends from your own community or anywhere around the world.