News Release: January 27, 2014

APA's Professional Institute Launches Third Advanced Specialty Certification

CHICAGO — The American Planning Association's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, has added a third Advanced Specialty Certification in Urban Design (AICP CUD) to its current offerings.

The AICP CUD certification is awarded to certified professional planners who have developed an exceptional level of expertise in analysis, creativity, collaboration, management, and integration of other planning practices within the field of urban design.

Individuals interested in obtaining the certification must take and pass an in-depth exam. The deadline to apply to take the exam is February 27, 2014.

"Just like the medical profession has its specialties, so too does the planning profession," said Paul Farmer, FAICP, CEO of the American Planning Association. "The AICP CUD, in addition to our two other advanced specialty certifications, enable our members to legitimately identify their specializations, and receive recognition for their accomplishments."

Individuals interested in taking the examination must be certified planners in good standing and have completed eight years of experience in urban design.

The AICP CUD examination was developed by over five task forces  of urban design experts. "I'm not aware of any other credential that is similar or comparable. It involves a rigorous effort — you must have both AICP certification and years of experience in urban design," said Mark Hinshaw, FAICP, director of Urban Design with LMN Architects in Seattle and a panel participant in development of the AICP CUD examination.

APA's professional institute also offers Advanced Specialty Certifications in Transportation and Environmental Planning. All three advanced specialty certifications have an exam application deadline of February 27, 2014. Currently, 30 members have earned the Certified Transportation Planner (CTP) credential and 55 members have earned the Certified Environmental Planner (CEP) credential.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with almost 40,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries.


Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395;