New AICP pilot program — Please Respond by September 1

See the following request from the AICP Commission.  Please consider taking the survey and offer your perspective about how this pilot program might help prepare planners in our special area […]
See the following request from the AICP Commission.  Please consider taking the survey and offer your perspective about how this pilot program might help prepare planners in our special area of interest: hazard mitigation and disaster recovery, plus the related concepts of sustainability and resilience.
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The AICP Commission requests help in providing and soliciting feedback on a proposed AICP Candidate Pilot Program that will foster students’ and other emerging professionals’ career development and clarify the path to certification.
 
The proposed AICP Candidate Pilot Program is designed to achieve several key goals:
  • Foster interest in planning as a career;
  • Introduce students and other emerging professionals to the ethical and professional standards that are the foundation of the AICP credential;
  • Provide professional development opportunities as students and other emerging professionals begin and progress in their careers;
  • Establish a clearly defined path to AICP certification; and
  • Maintain—and even enhance—the value and integrity of the AICP credential.
 
Features of the proposed AICP Candidate Pilot Program include:
  • Eligibility will be limited to students in and graduates of Planning Accreditation Board-accredited programs (both graduate and undergraduate).
  • AICP Candidates will be eligible to apply for the AICP Comprehensive Planning Exam one year earlier than non-AICP Candidates.
  • AICP Candidates must participate in a modified Certification Maintenance program and log a minimum of 16 CM credits during their candidacy.
  • AICP Candidates will commit to the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
  • AICP Candidates will be authorized to use “AICP Candidate” on correspondence, resumes, and other references.
  • Participation in the AICP Candidate Pilot Program is limited to five years.
  • AICP Candidates may be matched with a mentor to provide support in applying for and preparing to take the exam.
  • The AICP exam application fee will be discounted ($15 instead of $70).
  • AICP Candidates will receive an AICP exam application toolkit.
Input is needed to create an AICP Candidate Pilot Program that will achieve the Commission’s aforementioned goals.
 
The Commission wants as many people as possible to be aware of this proposal and have the opportunity to comment by completing a brief online survey.
 
Learn more about the proposed AICP Candidate Pilot Program and take the survey here
 
The AICP Commission requests the survey be completed by Thursday, September 1.
 
APA will augment your efforts, using Interact and email to individual members to publicize the program and invite feedback. Please direct any questions to APA at AICPCandidate@planning.org.
 
The Commission will consider all comments and finalize the details of the AICP Candidate Pilot Program this fall. We plan to launch the AICP Candidate Pilot Program in August 2017. The first opportunity to apply for AICP Candidate status will be in November 2017.
 
Thank you for offering your personal feedback, helping to disseminate information about the AICP Candidate Pilot Program, and promoting the opportunity to comment to your division members.
 
submitted by:
David Fields, AICP
APA Divisions Council Vice Chair
& Divisions Council Liaison to AICP Commission