Join as a Planner
You Serve Communities. APA Serves You.
APA is the essential membership association for planners. No other organization associated with the planning profession provides the quantity and quality of information, continuing education, and peer relationships that APA does. Membership in APA provides you with the most opportunities to elevate the practice of planning, the communities you serve, and your own career.
Why Belong to APA?
- Expand your network. We bring together more than 40,000 individuals from every state and 90 countries who share your passions and can help shape your future. Engage with planners from your local area and from disciplines you care about. Discuss experiences, face challenges, and possibly land your next job!
- Connect with specialists. The National Planning Conference gathers thousands of planners under one roof. You can build a network that stretches across the country and around the world. Join one or more of APA's 21 divisions — communities of professionals with shared interests — at a discounted rate. Divisions contribute to APA's national policy work and offer online education and forums, publications, and specialized sessions at the National Planning Conference.
- Connect locally. Join one of 47 chapters (required for U.S. members) — the local source for networking and professional development — and connect with the area planning community through the chapter's annual conference, education and advocacy programs, and public information campaigns.
- Get AICP certified. Take your planning to the next level. Only as an APA member can you earn certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners. AICP offers the only national, independent verification of planners' qualifications.
- Keep up with planning. All members receive Planning magazine your best sources for news on contemporary planning practices, unlimited access to current and archived Planning Advisory Service resources, APA's Research KnowledgeBase, and our member e-newsletter, Interact. Get early access to new research and innovative practices and check out planning books and more from APA's E-book Collection. Plus, all members get a deep discount to the Journal of the American Planning Association, the planning profession's journal of record.
- Advance your career. Get a boost from APA's online Career Center. It's a powerhouse of resources for job seekers, including the member's only Career Reality Webinar series. Make yourself visible to prospective employers by completing your My APA profile. Find out where you stand with the biennial APA/AICP Planners Salary Survey.
- Update your skills. Get mentoring, guidance, and training at all stages of your professional life through APA's top-notch professional education — delivered in-person and online.
- Promote planning. Your membership will strengthen APA's advocacy for good planning and essential programs. On a personal level, APA's communication tools, training, organization, and access will help you become an effective advocate able to craft and deliver positive messages about planning to key audiences.
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Other Ways to Participate
If you're interested in the field of planning but not in APA membership, consider:
- Subscribing to Planning. It's a great way to keep up with important planning issues and innovative practices.
- Donating to the Planning Foundation of APA to support student academic and travel scholarships, community assistance programs, special research projects, and more. The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) subsidiary of APA and contributions are tax-deductible.
Not a Planner?
APA membership is open to everyone who is committed to applying the benefits of planning to create communities of lasting value.
- Learn more if you're a planning or zoning board member or commissioner, or an elected or appointed official.
- Learn more if you're an educator.
- Learn more if you live outside the United States.
- Learn more if you're a student.
- Learn more if you work in an affiliated profession, or you are an interested nonplanner.