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Free APA On-Demand Education Offering CM Credit

The American Planning Association provides a number of opportunities for AICP members to obtain Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for free through on demand education products.

These opportunities, links to more information, and CM credits available are listed below. APA will add free on demand opportunities as they become available, so please check this page frequently for the most current information. Get details below on how to claim CM credit for this free training.

PLEASE NOTE: You may view a course more than once; however, you may claim CM credit for only one viewing.


COVID-19 and the Future of Planning

APA in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network explain how APA is using its “foresight-first approach” in times of COVID-19, what the biggest pain points and potential solutions are, and what current developments may mean for the future of the planning profession.

CM | 1.5


National Partners and Local Coalitions

Local coalitions and national partners leveraged complementary expertise to help make communities healthier and more equitable. From complete streets to health impact assessments, learn more about Plan4Health strategies through seven on-demand courses.

Up to CM | 5.5


During Planners4Health, participating APA chapters created cross-disciplinary task forces to connect further health and planning in their states and regions. A cornerstone of the program was a six-part curriculum guiding members through each step of the project, now available on demand.

Up to CM | 8.5


PIE Webinar Series

The Planning Information Exchange (PIE) series is a quarterly webinar hosted by the Association of State Floodplain Managers and the American Planning Association, powered by FEMA. The webinar focuses on mitigation planning in a multi-hazard context and has covered topics including hazard planning for historical districts, emergency temporary housing, finance mechanisms for mitigation, and subdivision design. Each webinar features a guest expert(s), whose presentations are given as both a live panel and subsequently downloadable resource. CM credit can be earned by watching the webinar; it is highly suggested that participants register early for this popular program.

CM | 1.0 or CM | 1.5

How to Claim and Record CM Credits for On Demand Education

To receive CM credit, AICP members must listen to the audio recording in full, follow along with the provided PowerPoint, or PDF, and then complete an evaluation of the audio recording at

To claim your CM credits, please visit the CM webpage and follow these steps:

  • Select View my CM Log
  • Select Add On-Demand Courses
  • Using the field to “enter keyword” type in the product title or product ID number and click Go. Find the on demand course or product from the list of results below and select by clicking on the title.
  • In the pop-up box, please rate the product, add a comment (optional), and click on the Ethics statement and answer, before hitting Submit.

For assistance with your CM log, please contact our Customer Service at



List of some events offering CM credit from APA and CM providers.

*It is important that AICP members look for the CM notation/logo to ensure the activity is eligible for CM credit.

On-Demand Education – Online education offered from CM providers

APA Learn – APA’s new online education platform offering 375+ courses

Live Online Education – Webinars offered from APA and CM providers

Free APA On-Demand  – offered by APA National

Self-Reporting – Claim up to 8 CM per reporting period from non-CM eligible events and pro bono planning services

Authoring – Claim up to 16 CM per reporting period from eligible articles

CM Search – eligible CM activities, use the search filter to narrow for CM Law or CM Ethics activities


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Get Certified!

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! Getting AICP-certified is simpler and more flexible than ever.


We’re rolling out a new, enhanced platform for the AICP certification process. To ensure a smooth experience for applicants, the winter application window will open January 5.
See updated deadlines for the May 2021 certification cycle

Take These Steps to AICP Certification

Pathway to AICP


AICP applicants must meet specific criteria for education and experience when applying for certification. Check out the AICP eligibility requirements and find out if your experience qualifies.

Students and New Graduates of PAB Programs

The AICP Candidate Pilot Program is an alternate path to certification that allows you to take the AICP Certification Exam before earning professional planning experience.


The AICP Certification Application verifies your education and experience. Apply for certification to begin your path to AICP.

First, submit an application to verify that you have met the education and experience requirements.

Certification Application

Once your application has been approved, you must successfully complete two components for certification. These two steps may be completed in any order:


If your AICP application is approved, you can submit your planning experience essays that demonstrate your professional planning experience and test your knowledge on the AICP Certification Exam. Both steps must be successfully completed before you can become AICP, but you may complete them in any order that works for you.

Planning Experience Essays

Register and Prepare for the Exam

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


Congrats! You’re a part of an elite group of planners who are leading the profession. Learn how to leverage your certification.


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