Planning Education and Education Policy
Education is important for planners throughout their career. Get started with the right planning school and find out about continuing education for planners.
What Is Planning?
Becoming a Planner
Find out what it means to be a planner and what it takes to be a professional planner.
Most planners attend school for a degree in planning. Explore the degrees available, what schools teach planning, how to find the right program for you, and the scholarships available to students in planning programs.
Consult the Guide to Undergraduate and Graduate Education in Planning from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
APA maintains a list of scholarships available to planning students.
Planners play an active role in working with young people to build their awareness and appreciation for planning.
Keep your local community members informed and up-to-date on the planning process with these resources.
Training for Planners
Certification and Licensing
Explore the importance of certification in the planning field and how licensing differs from certification. Find out more about Certification Maintenance, the mandatory continuing education program for AICP planners.
Planning Commissioner Education
Planning commissioner members are part of a national network of officials, planners, advocates, and students that is working to make great communities. There is a rich array of services, products, and programs for planning commissioners.
APA's Education Committee
APA formed an Education Committee from representatives of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Planning Accreditation Board. This committee explores the role and content of education for planners. Several summits took place to discuss APA's education program.