AICP Exam Information


aicp 150AICP 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.


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:


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:


The APA California Sacramento Valley Section offers AICP exam preparation resources, and periodically offers AICP exam preparation sessions/groups. For more information about exam preparation and participating in a study group, please contact Kendra Ramsey, AICP, Section Professional Development Officer, by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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