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AICP CM Support

Certification Maintenance

We understand that many AICP members plan on the CM earned at NPC to meet their reporting period requirements. We encourage members to explore distance learning opportunities to meet their CM requirements.

  • The grace period for those in the 2018–2019 reporting period ends May 29, 2020, which is an extension of one month beyond the typical four-month grace period. At this time, additional reporting period and grace period extensions have not been planned. As the AICP Commission evaluates the evolving circumstances facing planners, updates will be shared with AICP members directly.
  • AICP members in certain life and career situations may be eligible for a temporary or permanent exemption from the requirement to earn CM credits. If you were in any of these life situations during the 2018-2019 reporting period, you may apply for a CM Exemption.
  • Planners approaching a reporting period deadline in the short-term may consider pursuing online learning options available through APA or other CM providers. APA Learn has nearly 400 courses including Law and Ethics, all of which are eligible for CM credit and available at a low per-credit cost.
  • If you were registered for NPC20, APA offers the option of crediting your registration fees toward professional development and membership renewal, which is applicable to APA Learn coursework.
  • Many other CM providers also offer live online and on-demand education. Members can use the CM search and the Live Online and On Demand event type filter to find distance learning courses that fit their needs.
  • APA is working on future online learning opportunities that will facilitate the same high level of professional development for planners and the planning community that you’ve come to expect from APA. We will communicate these opportunities to AICP members as they become available.



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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“At present, the May 2020 AICP Certification Exam will be held as scheduled. However, APA is exploring options for the test window with Prometric. We will communicate this with all eligible and registered examinees and will provide updates as they are available” (APA/AICP, March 25, 2020).


Bruce Parker, aicp

Planning and Development Services, LLC

Salt Lake City, Utah





2020 Distance Education Sessions:

The below presentations are available for CM credit on-demand from January 1 – December 31, 2020.

 Title  Sponsor  CM #  Type
APA Ethics Case of the Year Panel California Chapter 9195109 1.5 CM Ethics
Public Art and Artists’ Property Rights Urban Design & Preservation Division 9195186 1.5 CM Law