Considering AICP Certification?
Taking the AICP exam is the first step to becoming a certified planner. To qualify, one must be a current APA member (not a APA Colorado Chapter Only Member), submit an online application meeting certain education and experience criteria, and pass an examination. The Exam Candidate Bulletin is your complete guide to becoming an AICP member.
In general terms, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
1. Be a current member of the American Planning Association (APA).
2. Be engaged in professional planning either currently or in the past, as defined by AICP.
3. Have completed, at the time of application submission, one of the combinations of the education and corresponding year of profession a planning experience listed below:
Level of Education Total Years of Professional Planning Experience
Graduate degree in Planning form an accredited program 2 years
Bachelor’s degree in Planning from an accredited program 3 years
Graduate degree in Planning from a non-accredited program 3 years
Any other post-graduate, graduate, or undergraduate degree 4 years
No college degree 8 years
The AICP exam is offered twice each year – once in May and once in November. Specific testing dates and other testing information can be located on the AICP Certification website.
APA Colorado offers two exam workshops to coincide with the May and November testing windows. The May workshop is typically held in the Denver Metro area approximately one month prior to the exam. The November workshop is held on the Saturday of the APA Colorado annual conference. In addition to the workshops, APA Colorado shares some study materials online, sells the CPC Study Guides, helps organize study groups and offers exchange forums for previous test takers to share their study materials with upcoming test takers.