About AICP Certification

Taking the AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) exam is the first step to become a certified planner.  To qualify, one must be a current APA National member, submit an online application meeting certain education and experience criteria, and pass an examination. To learn more about how you can prepare for and pass the AICP examination, click here.  For a quick reference guide to the AICP Certification process, click here.

APA Ohio supports the professional development of its members.  APA Ohio and its six sections throughout the state provide periodic workshops and conferences to help you gain knowledge and network with others as you work towards your AICP certification.  

NEW!  Attending NPC17?  Join the session "Now That You're AICP"  for a discussion of the benefits and requirements of AICP membership. The orientation will cover Certification Maintenance, Volunteer Opportunities (Community Planning Assistance Team), the AICP Code of Ethics and tips on how to market your new designation to improve your career.  


CM Tracking Log

All AICP members are required to engage in mandatory continuing education. AICP members must earn a total of 32 CM credits (1 hour = 1 CM credit) within their two-year reporting period.  All AICP members have an automatic four month-grace period, without penalty (reinstatement requirements waived during this period).  During the four-month grace period, members are able to continue to earn and log credits to fulfill their reporting period through April 30. A minimum of 1.5 credits must be on the topic of ethics, and another 1.5 credits must be on the topic of current planning law. 

AICP members may carry over a maximum of 16 credits from one reporting period into the subsequent reporting period; however, ethics and planning law credits cannot be carried over to the next two-year reporting period.  AICP members who do not meet CM requirements within four years will lose AICP certification and will be obliged to seek re-certification in order to regain the AICP credential.

All professional development activities must be approved and registered to be eligible for CM credit and recorded into your online CM log. To register or log into your CM Tracking Log, click here.  

CM Activities

Many of APA Ohio's Planning and Zoning Workshops, Regional Conferences, State Conferences and Sponsored Events have CM accredited sessions! 

  • Click here to see APA Ohio's events calendar.
  • For a list of fee-based audio and web conferences with CM credits available through APA National, click here.
  • For a list of free audio and web conferences with CM credits available through Chapters and Divisions, click here

Obtaining CM Credit for Your Event

If you have an upcoming event that you'd like approved for CM credit, click here and you'll be directed to a CM provider page through APA National's website. APA Ohio Sections do support various local events and help by acting as the provider for CM credit.  If you would like to pursue a potential partnership with a specific APA Ohio Section for your event, please contact the Section Director.