apa cm 150According 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. 

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CM Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities for APA California members to reach their CM Credit goals:

SECTION WORKSHOPS

Regularly visit your local Section’s website for additional listings of CM professional development opportunities that include the Section's Speaker Series, luncheon speakers, as well as full-day and half-day workshops.  

UC DAVIS EXTENSION – LAND USE & NATURAL RESOURCES

Remember, Sacramento Valley Section members get a 10% discount (click here for programs).

UC Davis – Studio 30: There is no fee to enroll. If you’re interested in participating, contact Julia Lave Johnston, Attn. Studio 30, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CALIFORNIA APA RESOURCES

AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) Credit will be provided generally for all California Chapter programs and the annual APA California conference, APA-AICP National workshops and the annual APA conference.

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 CHAPTER CONFERENCE

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.

CALIFORNIA PLANNING FOUNDATION (CPF) WORKSHOPS

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 for upcoming CPF workshop information.

NATIONAL APA CM OFFERINGS

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.

FREE NATIONAL APA DISTANCE EDUCATION PRODUCTS

Take advantage of APA’s FREE online distance education products that offer CM credits. Listen to symposia, webinars, lectures and podcasts.

NATIONAL APA PROGRAMS FOR A FEE

PROGRAMS SPONSORED BY OTHER PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

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.

EARNING CM CREDITS OTHER THAN BY ATTENDING A SESSION:

Besides attending an event in person or online that has approved CM credits, you can also earn CM credits by:

  • Speaking/instructing at an activity that is registered for CM Credits;
  • Self-reporting attendance or speaking/instructing at an event that is not registered for CM Credits; or
  • Authoring an article

Detailed information on how to earn these CM credits is at: How to Earn CM Credits

CM Procedures

WHAT IS CERTIFICATION MAINTENANCE (CM)?

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.

PROGRAM DETAILS

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.

Beginning January 1, 2022, AICP members will be able to start logging two new mandatory credits in addition to Law and Ethics. One of the new mandatory credits is Equity, which will help planners build their skillsets in an area that is of pressing and lasting concern to communities across the country.

The other new credit is a targeted topic, which allows the AICP Commission to rotate the topic as they deem appropriate to reflect the professional development needs of planners in a rapidly changing world. The topic for this targeted credit beginning January 1, 2022, will be Sustainability and Resilience, recognizing the growing need for planners to help their communities prepare for issues like climate change, sustainable development, and hazard resilience.

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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