AICP Candidate Pilot Program Gives Head Start to New Planners

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The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is implementing its new AICP Candidate Pilot Program this year. It is welcome news for many new planners. In the past, planners have only been eligible to take the AICP Certification Exam after completing the required work experience which, depending on your education, can range from 2-8 years. Many test takers from past years have noted that had they been able to take their exam right out of college, they may have performed better, with their coursework still fresh in their minds. This observation led to the creation of the AICP Candidate Pilot Program which, as of December 1st, allows graduates of accredited urban planning programs to take the AICP Certification Exam before having completed their work experience requirements. After passing the exam, individuals can use the title “AICP Candidate” until they have completed their work experience. This allows young professional planners to stay involved in the national and international planning scene of the American Planning Association (APA) and AICP and recognizes their dedication to professional planning work while candidates are just entering the planning field. Many young planners, including TMG’s Nathan Lipson, are taking advantage of this opportunity and will be eligible to take the exam in May of 2018 along with those taking the standard exam for immediate certification. Included among these planners will be TMG’s Hal Baillie. Best of luck to these individuals, and more information on the new Candidate Pilot Program can be found here: https://www.planning.org/aicp/candidate/.

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