AICP Certification

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

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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:

Peter Flachsbart, AICP (
Ralph Portmore, FAICP (