AICP Exam Information
Taking the AICP exam is the first step to becoming a certified planner. To qualify, one must be a current APA 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.
The National AICP office can be reached at 312-431-9100
The Exam is given twice a year in May and November. For the latest information about upcoming exam please click here.
Interested in the AICP Candidate Pilot Program? Click here.
AICP Training and Study Resource Information
APA Los Angeles regularly organizes an annual AICP Study/Review Session for those preparing to take the exam. Please check our Newsletter for future study session details. Check the websites for APA California and the Orange County, Inland Empire, and San Diego section sites for training events.
The APA’s Chapter Presidents Council (CPC) offers its CPC Study Manual on CD for those who are preparing to take the AICP written exam. The purpose of the study manual is to help review basic planning concepts and to practice skills that are necessary for taking a multiple-choice test.
The Manual can be ordered through the Chapter office: Order Form.
The National APA website offers additional study resources including: an AICP exam prep package, materials from the National Planning Conference Exam Prep Session, a list of selected readings, and a no-cost simulation of a computerized examination. More information is available here.
Those interested in taking the AICP exam can now watch the 2018 Chapter conference session “Passing the AICP Exam: Who Wants to be a Certified Planner?” The video provides fun learning tips on preparing for the AICP exam.
Certification Maintenance (CM)
APA Los Angeles regularly coordinates local CM education and training opportunities. Please visit our Calendar page for more information or sign up for our Newsletter. If you have a suggestion for a local CM education and/or training opportunity, please email the Vice-Director for Professional Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.