APA's Early Career Membership Program

APA can help you prepare for your future

Membership in the American Planning Association is an essential complement to your education and early career experience. APA reflects your passion, expands your professional community, and shapes your future in planning.

You must be a full time student to enter the program. You then enjoy five years of benefits, services, and discounts to energize your career and take you to the next level of success. And it's affordable for students and new professionals. Get more details and eligibility information.

The Early Career Membership Program is all about helping you make key connections.

Connect to a community
  • Take advantage of networking opportunities in your local chapter, in APA divisions, and in Planning Student Organizations and Young Planners Groups.
  • Engage on Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms.
  • Meet planners at all professional levels, in diverse specialties, and from various locales.
  • Build relationships with peers, planners, and potential employers.
  • Go to APA's annual National Planning Conference. It's Network Central, and discounted registration makes it affordable.
  • Complete your MyAPA Profile and post your resume to boost your visibility and help employers find you.
Connect to your future
  • Expand your knowledge and hone your skills with education and training geared to your needs.
  • Present a poster, organize a session, or give a short presentation at the National Planning Conference.
  • Start on the path to certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners. The AICP credential will set you apart and increase your earning potential.
  • Search Jobs Online for open internships and positions. At the National Planning Conference, go to Employer Connection.
  • Link up with a mentor.
Connect to information

Get great benefits at low cost

Participants in the Early Career Membership Program get all the benefits that regular APA members do, plus some extras, for extra-low dues. In fact, a year in the Early Career Membership Program costs less than most textbooks and for many participants the first year is free.

Year    Annual Dues Divisions* National Planning Conference** JAPA
Subscription
APA     Chapter Total
Year 1 Free
or $40
Free
or $10
Free or $50 $10 per division Starting at
$125
Free
e-subscription
Year 2 $40 $10 $50 1 free division Starting at
$125
Free
e-subscription
Year 3 $55 $14 $69 $10 per division Starting at
$125
$24 print or
$16 e-subscription
Year 4 $70 $18 $88 $10 per division Starting at
$125
$24 print or
$16 e-subscription
Year 5 $85 $21 $106 $10 per division Starting at
$125
$24 print or
$16 e-subscription

*Regular member price is $25 per division
**Early bird regular member price is $735

For more information about Early Career Membership Program benefits, read the Early Career Membership Program FAQ.

Who Is Eligible?

You're eligible to join APA's Early Career Membership Program if you:

  • are a full-time student, and
  • have never been an APA member.

If your academic program is not a full member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, you must be younger than 35 to join the Early Career Membership Program. Students who attend ACSP full-member programs may enroll in the Early Career Membership Program regardless of age.

See a list of participating ACSP full member programs

Were you an APA student member at one time? Contact us to see if you are eligible to re-join the Early Career Membership Program for the remainder of the five years.

Ready to Make the Connection? Join APA's Early Career Program Today!

If you attend a participating program and are eligible for a free year in the Early Career Membership Program, ask your APA program administrator how to enroll. E-mail APA at studentmembership@planning.org if you don't know your school's contact.

A full-time student who is not eligible for a free year is welcome to join APA as a student member and enter the Early Career Membership Program as long as he or she is younger than 35 and has never been an APA member.