Ready to Get Certified? Take These Steps to AICP Certification

One Path to AICP


The One Path to AICP Certification offers APA members a streamlined, three-step process to become AICP certified. Planners can begin the certification process at any point in their professional planning careers, including students.

Step 1: Register for the certification program when prepared to test and schedule your exam.

Step 2: Test and earn the AICP Candidate designation when you pass.

Step 3: Apply your education, employment, and experience to meet the AICP professional planning practice requirements and achieve AICP Certification. 


APA holds two certification cycles per year with exams offered twice a year in May and November. For more information, read about the 2022 certification windows. See also APA's five-step approach to exam preparation and links to many resources to help you succeed.

APA resources can help you submit a successful application.

Many employers support their employees' professional advancement by paying for some or all of the costs associated with earning certification and belonging to AICP. Does yours? Before you ask your employer for this financial assistance, download a helpful flyer with information to support your request.


You successfully submitted an application for AICP Certification and you've passed the exam. What happens next?

  • Pay AICP dues as soon as you receive APA's emailed invoice.
  • APA will confirm your right to use the AICP credential.
  • You'll receive an AICP welcome packet. Congratulations!

For more information on how to become AICP certified, visit the One Path to AICP page.