Aim High AICP Certification
The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is the APA's professional institute providing recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice.
To become a member of AICP, planners must pass a comprehensive, computer-based exam given nationwide twice each year. Applications for membership are available from the Chapter's Professional Development Officer or online at www.planning.org. Qualification for AICP membership requires membership in APA, a college education and a minimum of two years of professional planning experience.
There are currently about 70 AICP members in the Hawaii Chapter. If you would like to take the AICP exam, or would like more information regarding AICP, contact the Chapter Professional Development Officer, Peter Flachsbart, AICP (firstname.lastname@example.org). Information on the AICP Exam Study Manual and study sessions offered in Honolulu are also available.
Elevate your skills and knowledge!
Employers recognize — and reward — the AICP credential. On average, AICP-certified planners earn $16,000 more annually than noncertified planners.
The AICP credential is an assurance of quality — a professional pre-screen — for employers who want to attract the most highly qualified candidates for their open positions. The majority of planning employers say that AICP certification is a factor when hiring planners.
Certified planners have verified their academic and professional achievements and passed a rigorous, comprehensive examination of their abilities. They pledge to uphold high standards of practice, and to keep their skills sharp and up to date by continuously pursuing advanced professional education through the Certification Maintenance program.
93% of AICP members say that the AICP credential meets or exceeds their expectations for helping them remain professionally current, and a majority of planning employers agree that AICP-certified planners are up-to-date with changes and advances in the field.
Certification Maintenance for AICP Members
The AICP Certification Maintenance program helps planners gain the knowledge and skills necessary to remain current in the practice of planning and continue to demonstrate professional credibility through continuing education. APA Hawai‘i Chapter provides members opportunities to earn AICP credits through monthly events and an annual conference.
For questions regarding Certification Maintenance, contact one of the following APA Hawaii Chapter Co-Chairs: