According to APA, all professional planners who are members of APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), must engage in mandatory continuing education to maintain their certification. AICP members must earn a total of 32 CM credits (1 contact hour = 1 CM credit) within their two-year reporting period. A minimum of 1.5 CM credits must include the topic of ethics, and another 1.5 credits must be on the topic of current planning law.
Click here to find out general information on the program from APA.
There are a number of opportunities for APA California members to reach their CM Credit goals:
Regularly visit your local Section’s website for additional listings of CM professional development opportunities that include luncheon speakers as well as full-day and half-day workshops. In 2013, the Section sponsored a total of 50 CM credit opportunities.
Remember, Sacramento Valley Section members get a 10% discount (click here for programs).
Please note that AICP/CM credit is provided based upon hour-for-hour instruction and does not include lunch breaks or other breaks in instruction. The program booklets for APA and APA California conferences indicate the amount of AICP/CM credit that each session or mobile workshop is eligible for.
Check out the many low-cost/no-cost CM professional development events located throughout the state posted on APA California’s Calendar of Events page.
APA California has an annual conference that is held in the fall that offers many sessions and mobile workshops that are eligible for CM credit. In addition to providing education for planning professionals, the APA California annual conference provides Planning Commissioner training and sometimes includes sessions that are eligible for MCLE (legal) credit. APA California is also developing sessions that will meet the needs of students for upcoming conferences.
CPF periodically sponsors workshops on topical issues. All revenue from registration fees in excess of nominal workshop expenses goes to the Foundation’s scholarship endowment. Go to APA California – CPF or upcoming CPF workshop information.
The National APA website contains a section on Certification Maintenance opportunities. Please login to the National APA website to view the list of current, upcoming and past approved CM activities.
APA California has purchased APA CD-ROM training products for use by California Chapter members, either for individual or group study. The primary purpose of this lending program is to offer a low-cost option for AICP members to qualify for Certification Maintenance (CM) Program credits, but these CDs can be borrowed by any Chapter member. CDs will be loaned on a first-come first-served basis for a $10 loan fee per CD (includes shipping and handling). Products may be added and removed from this list annually. AICP members may not claim CM credit for an education product that is not listed for credit on that year’s CM credit list.
The following CD Titles and CM Credits are available for lending through the program:
PLEASE NOTE: All CD titles available through this program may be viewed once during each CM cycle. Be sure to log the hours using the correct viewing period.
Additionally, National APA has determined that some of our CD-format CM materials will no longer be accepted beyond December 2013. If you are planning to utilize the Chapter’s lending library to fill in gaps in your CM credit needs, please contact Laura to reserve them as soon as possible. The 2008 and 2009 Planning Law Review, Complete Streets and Ethics in Planning CD’s will be available through December 2014.
APA California has joined the Planning Webcast Series. Various APA Chapters, Divisions and Universities are members. Each webcast is presented by a different chapter. Typically, there is one new webcast per week, usually on Fridays from 10:00am to 11:30am (PST).
The webcasts are free to all participants and are worth 1.5 CM credits each. They offer distance education credits, including law and ethics, at no charge to participants.
All upcoming webcasts are posted at APA Utah Webcasts. Use the links on this website to register online for the specific webinar.
Take advantage of APA’s FREE online distance education products that offer CM credits. Listen to symposia, webinars, and Tuesdays at APA Lectures and Podcasts.
Many professional organizations (see some key organizations listed below) conduct their own workshops and annual conferences that provide additional continuing education opportunities for practicing planning professionals on planning related topical issues. Some programs may be eligible for AICP/CM credit. If they are not pre-approved in the program materials please check with the Vice President of Professional Development.
Other professional organizations: League of California Cities, California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP), American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), ULI, The Great Valley Center.
Besides attending an event in person or online that has approved CM credits, you can also earn CM credits by:
Detailed information on how to earn these CM credits is at: How to Earn CM Credits
All professional planners who are members of APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), must engage in mandatory continuing education to maintain their certification.
The Certification Maintenance (CM) program links certified planners to training opportunities that keep them up to date on the latest trends, technologies, and best practices. It also strengthens the value of certification, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to excellence to elected officials, community leaders, and employers.
AICP Members Certification Maintenance strengthens the value of certification, demonstrating your ongoing commitment to excellence to elected officials, community leaders, and employers.
Since January 2008, AICP members must earn a total of 32 CM credits (1 hour = 1 CM credit) within an established two-year reporting period. All AICP members have an automatic four month-grace period, without penalty (reinstatement requirements waived during this period). During the four-month grace period, members are able to continue to earn and log credits to fulfill their reporting period through April 30.
A minimum of 1.5 credits must be on the topic of ethics, and another 1.5 credits must be on the topic of current planning law. AICP members may carry over a maximum of 16 credits from one reporting period into the subsequent reporting period; however, ethics and planning law credits cannot be carried over to the next two-year reporting period.
All professional development activities must be approved and registered to be eligible for CM credit and recorded into your online CM log. The list of registered events is growing every day, so please bookmark the CM website and check back to see whether an event you attended has been added. Go to the National APA website to view your CM log and request credit for sessions you have attended: My CM Log.
AICP members who do not meet CM requirements within four years will lose AICP certification and will be obliged to seek recertification in order to regain the AICP credential. If for some reason you have let your AICP status lapse, you will have to complete a reinstatement process to regain the use of the AICP credential. To learn more about the reinstatement process, visit: AICP Reinstatement Policy.
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