Updated: Jan 2, 2020
Students and recent graduates of PAB accredited programs can now begin to work their way towards AICP Certification through APA's new AICP Candidate Pilot Program. The AICP Candidate Pilot Program provides a path to start earlier, the criteria to become AICP is the same.
Students and recent graduates of PAB accredited programs can:
Enroll in the program at any time, starting November 1, 2017
Register for the AICP Certification Exam in December or June after you graduate
Use the payment program for exam fees
Take the exam prior to earning professional planning experience
For complete details, including enrolling in the program, signing up for a mentor, and registering for and taking the AICP Certification Exam, download the AICP Candidate Pilot Program Guide or visit the Program's website.
Thank you to UPPSA's Student Representative Justin Keller for contacting APA and asking some questions about the program. Below is the clarification Justin received from APA and it may help you if you have some questions:
Current planning students who will graduate after December 2017 are eligible to join the AICP Candidate pilot program as a participant but cannot take the exam until after graduation. After confirming graduation status, students can sit for the exam.
Also, the "AICP Candidate" credential cannot be used until the exam is passed. However, enrollees can start earning CM credits and participate in the mentorship program before then.
One final thing to keep in mind, under the new rules, students have 5 years to complete the AICP certification after registering.
If you have additional questions, please contact the American Planning Association (APA) at firstname.lastname@example.org.