Academic Programs in Urban Planning and Related Fields
American Institute of Certified Planners
American Planning Association
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For Planners:
The American Institute of Certified Planners is APA's professional institute and provides the only nationwide, independent verification of planners' qualifications. Certified planners pledge to uphold high standards of practice, ethics, and professional conduct, and to keep their skills sharp and up to date by continuously pursuing advanced professional education.

The most recent APA/AICP Planners Salary Survey shows that certified planners earn more than noncertified planners, even when experience and responsibility are considered. It also opens more career opportunities and can enhance a planner's professional credibility — four out of five AICP members attribute their career advancement to having earned AICP certification.

Why AICP?

  • Demonstrate Your Expertise
  • Get an Edge in the Job Market
  • Show Your Commitment to Ethics
  • Grow Your Career
  • Elevate Your Skills and Knowledge
  • Lead the Profession
  • Boost Your Professional Stature

AICP Value for employers:
Whether public or private sector, your organization will benefit from hiring AICP-certified planners and encouraging AICP certification among your staff. The AICP credential assures clients, colleagues, and communities that your employees have the necessary expertise, knowledge, and commitment to ethics.

"AICP" is shorthand for education, experience, breadth of knowledge, ethical practice, and dedication to the planning profession. AICP planners average 14–18 years of experience in the field. Hiring a certified planner also demonstrates your commitment to the highest standard of ethical practice.

Why hire and support AICP?

  • Independent Verification of Expertise
  • Organizational and Professional Credibility
  • Succession Planning
  • Employee Retention
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