2018 Speaker Series

2018 logo speaker seriesBoth the Great Recession and the unique recovery have made it clear that circumstances change, and the needs of our communities evolve over time, sometimes in ways that we struggle to anticipate. As a result, there is a need for the profession to plan for and manage these fast moving transformations. We must reimagine our communities to face these changes.

Click here to find out more about this exciting series.  Starts Friday, June 29th.

Congratulations New AICP Members

The Sacramento Valley Section would like to congratulate and welcome the following members that passed the November 2017 AICP exam. The Section commends these new AICP members on their efforts!

  • Lydia Altick, AICP
  • Sara Bierman, AICP
  • David Schlegel, AICP

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AICP Exam Information

Why AICP?

AICP certification is the only nationwide, independent verification of planners’ qualifications. Earn the AICP credential and colleagues and employers will know that you have the academic qualifications, relevant work experience, and mastery of essential skills required to serve your community effectively.

The most recent APA/AICP Planners Salary Survey shows that certified planners earn more than non-certified planners, even when experience and responsibility are considered. Certification also puts planners on equal footing with the architects, engineers, and other credentialed professionals with whom they work and compete.

Certification Process

To become a certified planner and use the AICP designation, you must be a current member of the American Planning Association (APA), submit an online application, meet specified education and experience requirements, and pass an examination. The exam is given twice a year, in May and November.

The National APA website has additional detail about what you need to take the examination: http://www.planning.org/certification/

AICP Candidate Pilot Program

Students and graduates of accredited planning programs now have a different way to earn their AICP. Under the AICP Candidate Pilot Program, new planners can take the AICP exam after completing their degree, earn the required amount of experience, and then officially become AICP. More information about the program can be found at: https://www.planning.org/aicp/candidate/

May 2018 AICP Exam Preparation

The Sacramento Valley Section will be offering AICP exam preparation for the May 2018 exam. For more information about exam preparation and participating in a study group, please contact Blake Roberts, Section Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AICP Exam Scholarships Available – Apply Now

APA California Chapter and Sacramento Valley Section will each award AICP Exam Reduced Fee Scholarships to offset applicants' costs.

  • The California Chapter application, which is available online (click here), is due by 5 pm on Friday, February 23, 2018.
  • The SVS application is due by 5 pm on Friday, March 23, 2018. To request an application, please contact Blake Roberts, Section Professional Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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