AICP Certification Exam Guide

The AICP Exam Guide is a downloadable PDF document that contains all the information you need to apply for and take the AICP Certification Exam.


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General Information

  • American Planning Association

  • AICP Certified Planners

  • Prometric

Introduction to the AICP Certification Exam

AICP Certification Eligibility Requirements

Application Process

  • Application Process Overview

  • Early-Bird Application Window

  • Application Lifespan (Returning Applicants)

  • Incomplete Applications

  • Denied Applications

  • Important Information for Previously Denied Applicants

  • Appeals

  • Candidates Outside of the United States and Canada

  • Additional Application Information

  • Application Status Key

  • Lapsed AICP Members

  • Demonstrating Professional Planning Experience on the Application

  • Does My Experience Qualify?

  • General Instructions

  • Professional Planning Experience Criteria

    • Criterion 1

    • Criterion 2

    • Criterion 3

  • Part Time Experience

  • Non-Traditional Professional Planning Experience

  • Experience in Related Fields or Professions

Verifications of Employment And Education

  • Employment Verification Letters

  • Education Verifications

Application Tips

Scheduling Test Appointments

  • Test Center Locations

  • Where to Take the Examination

  • Scheduling Your Examination Appointment

Transfers and Appointment Changes

  • Changes to Your Test Appointment (within the same exam window)

  • Transfers to the Next Exam Window

  • No Show Policy

  • If You Never Schedule an Appointment

  • Refunds

Day of Exam

  • Identification Requirements

  • Acceptable Differences in ID

  • At the Test Center

  • Testing Procedures

  • Computer-based Examination Tutorial

  • Reporting Test Center Irregularities

  • Some Notes on Computer-based Testing

  • Examination Logistics

  • Exit Survey

  • Candidate Misconduct

Scoring the Examination

  • Score Validity Review

  • Score Reports

  • Diagnostic Scores

  • Equating

  • Scaling

  • Reliability

  • Standard Error of Measurement

  • If You Have a Complaint

  • If You Retake the Examination

  • AICP Membership & Dues

Applicant Criterion Response Checklist