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Educating Illinois

Chapter Conferences


The APA-IL Conferences provide the chance to pack in great sessions, unique mobile workshops, fun social events, and receive a year's worth of CM credits. Our volunteer conference committees work hard to ensure a great program and our motivation is always to provide opportunities to mix business with pleasure. A special thanks to all of our conference volunteers and host communities past and future!


Our Conferences highlight planning trends as well as the best of what Illinois has to offer. The location of our Conference rotates between the greater Chicago area and downstate in order to serve all of Illinois. We are please to offer popular, renowned sessions such as Planning Officials Training, speed planning, social events, an opening reception, and our prestigious Annual Awards Luncheon. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend our Conferences. Come learn about the APA-IL and urban planning in Illinois!

AICP and Certification Maintenance (CM)


The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is the American Planning Association's professional institute. AICP certifies professionals in the United States in the field of Urban and Regional Planning and assists planners in the areas of ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice.

All professional planners who are members of APA's professional institute, the AICP, must engage in mandatory continuing education to maintain their certification. The Certification Maintenance (CM) Program links certified planners to training opportunities that keep them up to date on the latest trends, technologies, and best practices. It also strengthens the value of certification, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to excellence to elected officials, community leaders, and employers.

Planning Officials Training


The APA-IL has teamed up with the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University to provide THE training workshop for planning officials in the state of Illinois.


The curriculum covers the basics of planning principals, review and approval, ethics, and more. You can also cater your training to your community's unique issues. This is a planning official's chance to step back, learn what's new in planning, and discuss their role with fellow commissioners.

Accredited Universities


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) maintains a list of schools offering degrees in planning. The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) regularly reviews programs and helps maintain standards for planning education. The PAB conducts the accreditation process for planning programs in North America. All people considering a career in planning are encouraged to attend a PAB-accredited program. The APA-IL website lists all accredited universities in the state of Illinois.

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