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AICP Candidate Pilot Program

The AICP Commission recently approved the AICP Candidate Pilot Program to be launched in late 2017. This pilot provides an expanded path to certification while maintaining the current steps to becoming AICP. For more information click here.

AICP Exam | Application

Important Dates for the May 2019 AICP Exam Windows:  

Application Window Opens:  December 3, 2018 
Early Bird Application Deadline: December 10, 2018
Final Application Deadline: December 28, 2018 >>Application Tips
Registration Deadline: April 30, 2019
Testing Window: May 6-20, 2019

2019 Reduced Exam Fee Scholarship

Perhaps you have considered taking the exam, but have hesitated because of the $425 exam fee.  If you have a financial hardship you may be eligible for a 2019 Reduced Exam Fee Scholarship. This program was put into place by APA and AICP to offer assistance to those individuals who may have deferred taking or have been unable to take the AICP exam because of the high cost.

APA Ohio has been allotted two scholarship for the May 2019 testing window. Scholarship recipients pay reduced fees to AICP as follows:

  • First time AICP applicants: $145 (combined $70 application and $75 exam fee)
  • Previously approved AICP applicants: $75 (exam fee only)  

Fine Print:

  • The awarding of a scholarship does not guarantee that a recipient will be approved to take the AICP Exam. The exam application will be evaluated like any other. 
  • If you should be awarded a scholarship but have already paid the exam fee, APA will reimburse you.
  • AICP Candidate participants will be considered last, as the fee to sit for the exam is already greatly reduced.


Reduced AICP Exam Fee Scholarship Selection Criteria  

Interested members must submit a written request to APA Ohio which includes the following:

  1. An explanation of your financial hardship (including financial hardship caused by a budget cutback in a firm or agency).  Examples of financial hardship include but are not limited to:
    • The applicant’s employer will not subsidize the exam fee.
    • The applicant will be otherwise unlikely to take the exam without the reduced fee.
  2. A short summary of your education and work experience indicating briefly how your level of education and professional planning experience meet the AICP certification eligibility requirements.
  3. Optional – information on your ethnicity and/or race.  Because APA, AICP and APA Ohio are committed to increasing the diversity of the organization, members of ethnic or racial minorities will be given preference, all things being equal.  

Submit a written scholarship request to APA Ohio at no later than January 31, 2019.     


AICP Exam | Prep

APA Ohio Exam Tips

Beginning in 2013, APA Ohio has been conducting a survey of Ohio members who have been approved to take the AICP test. Once the testing period is opened, APA Ohio sends out an invitation to take the survey to all those who have been approved to take the exam. Our hope is that we will develop a robust data base of information on how much time and effort it takes to both apply for and study for the AICP exam, and advice on the best study materials and test taking tips.  So far, a total of 78 members have participated in the survey.
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APA Resources

Exam Reading List
Exam Outline
Sample Exam Questions
Exam Guide
Computerized Exam Simulation
AICP Exam Prep 3.0


Chapter Presidents Council CPC Study Manual

APA's Chapter Presidents Council is pleased to offer the CPC Study Manual for those who are preparing to take the American Institute of Certified Planners written examination. Should you decide to purchase the manual, we hope you will find it a useful resource.

The purpose of this self-study manual is to help review basic planning concepts and to practice skills that are necessary for taking a multiple-choice test.

Copies may be purchased for $15.00 HERE.


APA Chapter Study Materials

APA Florida
APA Georgia
APA Pennsylvania