AICP Information

AICP Exam Prep Tips and Study Resources

Reduced Exam Fee Scholarship Program

Please click here for additional information

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is the American Planning Association's professional institute, providing recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice. Currently approximately 100 APA-Iowa members are AICP certified.

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. To be eligible to take the exam an individual must be a current member of APA, be engaged in professional planning, either currently or in the past, and have completed a combination of education and corresponding years of professional planning experience defined by the APA.

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) 727-7778 or [email protected]. APA-Iowa loans copies of the “Chapter Presidents Council Study Manual for the AICP Examination” on CD-ROM to potential exam takers. Other helpful exam preparation materials can be found on the APA-Florida and APA-Colorado websites: