Membership Outside the U.S.

The members of the American Planning Association are a global community working for better cities and better lives. As an independent, nonprofit organization, APA champions public engagement, promotes high ethical standards, conducts and publishes research, and advocates for good planning in social and economic as well as physical aspects of communities.

APA connects people around the world who share a commitment to planning. Members in more than 90 countries include planners, individuals who work in allied professions, engaged citizens, government officials, students, and scholars.

Keep Up with Planning

As an APA member, you will receive Planning, APA's flagship publication and the best source of news about innovative planning programs and techniques that are reshaping America’s communities. Find out about planning that works — successful programs, techniques, and strategies from across the United States and around the world. Read its 11 yearly issues in print or online.

You also will have full access to the APA website, including sections for members only, with news, information, and resources you can use every day. Follow APA's blogs for timely perspectives on the planning issues of the day and use the online directory to reach APA members worldwide.

APA’s member e-newsletter, APA Interact, reports on association resources, publications, events, and opportunities to participate. Follow its links to related features on the APA website.

Connect with Specialists

There's an APA division just right for you!Join an APA division and link up with others who share your special enthusiasm. Most divisions spread their news and viewpoints through web-based discussions and publications. They also assist APA's public policy program and educate other members through sessions at the annual National Planning Conference held in a major American city. Division membership is optional and discounted for APA members.

Expand Your Network

Personal connections developed through divisions and at online and in-person events are a valuable aspect of membership. They offer opportunities to share experiences, brainstorm, and solve problems collaboratively. Professional networking will help you succeed in your current job and may help you land the next one.

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Become a member of the APA community.

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APA Member Dues

APA encourages international membership by offering tiered dues based on national wealth equity.

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Get Certified

Advance your career and affirm your 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.

Upgrade Your Skills

Take advantage of the advanced training APA offers, including streaming educational products and the National Planning Conference. APA members save on registration for these and many other educational opportunities.

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.