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AICP Certification

In the planning field, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is the accepted credential for professional competence  and ethical practice. To become certified, a candidate must belong to APA, fulfill rigorous education and experience requirements, pass the AICP exam, and pay additional dues. Over 10,000 APA members have made this extra commitment and joined APA's professional institute. AICP's Certification Maintenance program (CM) recognizes certified planners' efforts to keep abreast of current issues in the profession.

Certification Maintenance

Certified planners have demonstrated their commitment to high standards of professional practice. The example they set daily in their work and in their communities enhances the credibility of the planning profession. AICP's certification maintenance program gives certified planners another means of strengthening that credibility.

Our communities are constantly changing and so too, is the planning profession. New theories, new laws, new planning tools and techniques are available to planners as they define and guide community change. AICP's Certification Maintenance program helps planners gain the knowledge and skills necessary to remain current in the practice of planning and continue to demonstrate professional credibility through continuing education.

During a two-year time each Certified Planner must earn a total of 32 CM credits (1 hour = 1 CM credit). 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 will have a four-month grace period beyond December 31 to complete the CM credit requirements. 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. A member who exceeds the required 32 credits may carryover a total of 16 credits to the next reporting period, but cannot carry over the law and ethics credits. 

For more information, please visit the American Planning Association

Planning Webcast Series

The Arkansas Chapter, along with 25 other states are  members of a Planning Webcast Consortium. The purpose is  to host free professional development webcasts aimed at  urban planners and others interested in urban and regional planning. The webcasts offer AICP CM credit. You can earn over 40 CM credits annually from the comfort of your home or office. 

Check out the events page for upcoming webcasts! 

Interested in hosting a webcast? Please email Walter Malone, Chapter PDO. 

Chapter CD Library

The Arkansas Chapter, in order to help its members, is developing a lending library of CDs. These may be borrowed by any chapter member and viewed. The CDs have the potential of providing certification maintenance credits (CMs) to those who need credits.

They are available on a first come, first serve basis. The titles in the library are:

  • 2010 Planning Law
  • Complete Streets
  • Design Standards That Shape Urban Form
  • Ethics in Planning
  • LEED for Neighborhoods
  • Renewable Local Energy
  • Preparing a Downtown Revitalization Plan
  • Performance Measures in Transportation Planning
  • Redevelopment and Revitalization for a New Era
  • Designing for Water Conservation
  • Parking Management Innovations
  • Regulating Controversial Uses 
The CDs may not be copied or given to non-chapter members. If you would like to borrow a CD, please email Walter Malone, Chapter PDO. Remember, others may be waiting for the CD you have borrowed. So, please return it promptly.

Certified Arkansas Planning Official (CARPO)

The Certified Arkansas Planning Official (CARPO) program is sponsored by the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium (APAC) and the Arkansas Chapter of the American Planning Association. It is a certification program for citizens and officials across the state who serve on local Planning Commissions and Boards of Adjustment. Certification involves completing four required components including attending three workshops: Planning 101, 201, and 301, and home study assignments. Check out the CARPO brochure for more information. 




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