Professional development

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AICP certification

To become a certified planner and use the AICP designation, you must be a current member of the American Planning Association, submit an online application, meet specified education and experience requirements, and pass an examination. For information, contact the AICP Director for APA California Northern.

The National APA website has additional details about what you need to prepare for the examination.


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Certificate maintenance

A minimum of 32 hours of Certificate Maintenance (CM) credit, obtained over a two-year period (or less) is the principal requirement for maintaining AICP certification. Professional development is defined as any course work that covers technical, and personal, growth and development activities that are related to the practice of planning.

Mentorship program

This career development initiative involves one-on-one mentorship matching between planners in various stages of their careers (“Mentees”) and experienced professionals (“Mentors”). The program aims to improve the professional practice of planning by benefiting individual practitioners at all experience levels.

Interested in participating in the next mentorship class? Sign up for our email list and we will be in touch.

Young and Emerging Planners

The Young and Emerging Planners group (YEP) works to provide emerging professionals and students in planning-related fields the
opportunity to engage socially and professionally with other professionals in the Northern California
region. We seek to cultivate young professionals through career building programs, social networking
events, and mentoring opportunities.

Members benefit from exposure to different facets of planning and related industries; education on current and emerging issues, professional tools, services, and support; and preparation to become future leaders in the planning profession.

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