One Path to AICP

AICP Certification brings value to your career, the organization you work for, and the communities you serve. Do you want to demonstrate your expertise, show your commitment to professional ethics, distinguish yourself in the job market, and keep your planning skills in tip-top shape? Good news! The new One Path to AICP streamlines the certification process.

Take These Steps to AICP Certification


Visit Are You Eligible? to review the experience requirements for AICP Certification, download the AICP Certification Guide, and use the Eligibility Pre-Check resources designed to help you understand how your experience fits into AICP Certification.


When preparing to test, confirm you'll abide by the AICP Code of Ethics, agree to the Certification Agreement, and schedule your in-person or online remote appointment to test for the upcoming AICP Certification Exam with Prometric.

STEP 2: Test ($0)

See APA's six-step approach to exam preparation and links to resources to help you succeed.

Passing the exam earns you the AICP Candidate designation to use until you successfully complete the three steps to achieve AICP certification. The AICP Candidate designation will distinguish you and can be leveraged with your employer.

Learn more about the Value to Employers

STEP 3: Apply ($255)

After passing the AICP exam and earning the required amount of professional planning experience, submit your education and employment verifications, and demonstrate your experience meets the AICP definition of professional planning experience. Download the Planning Experience Assessment Worksheet to review the professional planning experience requirements for certification.

Spring 2022 AICP Certification Cycle


Opens: April 4, 2022 at 9:00am CST

Closes: April 29, 2022 at 3:00pm CST

Transfer Deadline: May 26, 2022 at 3:00pm CST


Exam Window: May 2, 2022 – May 27, 2022


Opens: July 5, 2022 at 9:00am CST

Closes: July 29, 2022 at 3:00pm CST


AICP Certification Fees
Registration Fee $255
Transfer Fee $100
Planning Experience Assessment Fee $255
Appeal Fee $100

* all fees are non-refundable