Academic Membership

APA invites academic departments that are full members of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning to participate in a group membership program designed for planning educators. Through publications, events, and programs that bring them together with frontline planners, planning educators who belong to APA stay connected to planning practice and policies that shape planning. Planning schools can offer this important opportunity to senior faculty at an affordable price.

80 Years of JAPA

APA academic members get a bonus benefit that is especially valuable: a free subscription to the digital edition of the Journal of the American Planning Association and online access to the complete JAPA archives. JAPA publishes original, double-blind, peer-reviewed research, along with commentaries and book reviews, covering a range of social, environmental, economic, and policy issues. Scholars around the world read it for insight into trends and innovations that are changing the planning world.

Keep Up With Planning

All members receive Planning, APA's flagship publication and the best source of news on contemporary planning practice. Read it in print or in a digital flipbook to find out about planning that works — successful programs, techniques, and strategies from across the nation.

Members also receive an e-newsletter, APA Interact, with information about APA resources, publications, events, and opportunities to participate, and links to related features on the APA website.

Participate Close to Home

All APA members in the United States join a chapter — their local source for networking and professional development. Most chapters offer an annual conference, educational workshops and webinars, and AICP exam preparation courses. Many also conduct legislative programs, sponsor planning commissioner training workshops, and conduct public information campaigns.

Connect With Specialists

Members may join one or more of APA's divisions and link to others who share a special enthusiasm. Most divisions spread their news and viewpoints through web-based discussions and publications. Divisions assist APA's public policy program and educate other members through sessions at the annual National Planning Conference. Division membership is discounted for APA members.

Build a Network

For many APA members, personal connections are the most valuable aspect of their membership. Members enjoy myriad opportunities to share experiences, brainstorm, and solve problems with peers.

Save on Publications and Events

Members look to APA for relevant and helpful resources no matter what kind of planning they do. Members save at the APA Store on APA events, Planners Press books, subscriptions to JAPA's print edition, and other print and electronic publications.

How Academic Membership Works

Participating schools are required to enroll all faculty members with the rank of assistant professor or above who devote at least half their time to the planning program. Schools may enroll certain other faculty as well. Schools pay an annual participation fee and APA national and chapter dues — both set significantly below regular member dues — for each individual member. Schools may choose to pay AICP dues, also at a reduced rate, for faculty who belong to the American Institute of Certified Planners. The academic membership year is October 1–September 30.

Complete details about APA's Academic Membership Program (pdf)

Academic Membership Application (pdf)

Academic Membership Program participants (pdf)

Get Certified

Academic members can advance their careers and affirm their commitment to the highest level of planning practice by earning certification by APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners. Successful candidates are APA members who meet the Institute's requirements for education and experience and pass a rigorous comprehensive planning examination.

Academic members who are interested in earning certification are entitled to a $150 discount on registration for the AICP Comprehensive Planning Exam.


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