AICP Certification

To become an AICP-certified planner, an individual must pass a written examination, which is given twice a year, in May and November. Roughly 5 -10 APA-Iowa members take the AICP exam every year.

AICP members are required to engage in mandatory continuing education, known as Certification Maintenance (CM). AICP members must earn a total of 32 CM credits (1 hour = 1 CM credit) within their two-year reporting period.

APA-Iowa members looking for more information on the AICP exam or CM should contact David Wilwerding, APA-Iowa’s Professional Development Officer, at (515) 727-7775 or APA-Iowa loans copies of the “Chapter Presidents Council Study Manual for the AICP Examination” on CD-ROM to potential exam takers.


To become a certified planner, entitled to use the AICP designation, American Planning Association (APA) members must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass a written examination. The AICP Certification Exam is given twice each year, in May and November.

Certification Maintenance

AICP’s Certification Maintenance (CM) program helps planners gain the knowledge and skills they need to remain current in the practice of planning.


Election to the AICP College of Fellows (FAICP) is one of the highest honors that the American Institute of Certified Planners, the professional institute of the American Planning Association, bestows upon a member.