WNY APA Section Activities

The Western New York Section of the American Planning Association provides access to a number of professional development activities. WNY APA sponsors and co-sponsors lectures, conferences, and seminars; conducts building and site tours; hosts dinner programs and networking events; and provides notice of other professional development opportunities that may be of interest to its members.  

Many of the events hosted by WNY APA are approved for Certification Maintenance (CM) credits, which are required in order to maintain membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  See below for more information on AICP and CM.  

As a member of WNY APA, you will receive notice of all Section events and professional development opportunities!



AICP Exam & Preparation

The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is the American Planning Association's professional institute, providing recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice.  To become a certified planner, you must be a member of APA, meet certain education and experience requirements, and pass a written examination.  The exam is given twice a year, in May and November.  More information on AICP can be found online at www.planning.org/aicp
 
There are a number of resources available to help you study for the AICP Exam, many of which can be accessed for free.  You can explore some of these resources using the links below. 
Questions about AICP membership can be directed to aicp@planning.org.  
Questions about the AICP Exam can be directed to aicpexam@planning.org.    

If you are a member of the WNY Section of APA and you are preparing to take the AICP Exam, please contact us at wnyapa@gmail.com to find out about AICP Exam preparation resources that may be available through the Section. 


Certification Maintenance (CM)

As of January 1, 2008, all professional planners who are members of APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), are required to engage in mandatory continuing education.  The requirement took effect following an April 13, 2007, meeting of the AICP Commission at which commissioners approved a measure known as Certification Maintenance (CM).  Their vote affirmed a central principle of AICP membership: the importance of remaining current in the practice of planning and demonstrating professional credibility through continuing education.
 
AICP's Certification Maintenance program is a direct result of that principle.  It links you to training opportunities that will keep you up to date on the latest trends, technologies, and best practices.  It also strengthens the value of certification, demonstrating your ongoing commitment to excellence to elected officials, community leaders, and employers.
 
Program Details

AICP members must earn a total of 32 CM credits (1 hour = 1 CM credit) within their two-year reporting period, which ends December 31st.  AICP members are given an automatic four month-grace period, without penalty, which allows them to continue to earn and log credits for their reporting through April 30th in order to meet their CM requirement.

A minimum of 1.5 credits must be on the topic of ethics and another 1.5 credits must be on the topic of current planning law.  AICP members may carry over a maximum of 16 credits from one reporting period into the subsequent reporting period.  However, ethics and planning law credits cannot be carried over to the next two-year reporting period.  AICP members who do not meet CM requirements within four years will lose their AICP certification and will be obliged to seek re-certification in order to regain the AICP credential.

All professional development activities must be approved and registered to be eligible for CM credit and recorded into your online CM log.  The list of registered events is growing every day, so please bookmark the CM website and check back to see whether an event you attended has been added.

The New York Upstate APA Chapter, along with many other APA chapters across the U.S., co-sponsors a series of webcasts on planning topics.  The webcast, which are hosted by the Utah Chapter, cover a variety of topics and are free to APA members.  In addition, all of the webcasts are approved for CM credit.  AICP members can earn all of their CM credits by participating in these webcasts.  

Utah Chapter Webcasts

Commonly Asked CM Questions
 
History of CM

Logging Your CM Credits