Maintain Certification

Why do I need to maintain my certification?

The AICP credential is not a "one and done".  Professionalism means continuing to renew and upgrade your skills and knowledge.  For this reason, AICP requires all certified planners to maintain their certification. 

What do I need to maintain my certification?

Certification requires that the planner complete 32 hours of approved continuing education in planning in a two-year Certification Maintenance window.  In addition, 1.5 hours must be in an approved Planning Law course and an additional 1.5 hours in Planning Ethics.

How can I maintain my certification?

Certification maintenance need not be onerous or expensive.  Attending the Chapter conference each year can bring you 10-15 CM credits, including Law and Ethics.  In addition, many free programs are offered throughout the year.  These programs, as well as programs that require a course fee, are publicized by email to our members and posted on the website.  Finally, an AICP planner may earn up to 8 credits in self-reported effort in each 2-year period.  For example, a planner might report three hours for attending a planning-related workshop that was not registered with AICP.

Schedule time each month to pursue CM and you will find you have no difficulty meeting the requirement of averaging 16 hours per year.


Contact the Chapter Professional Development Officer if you have questions about your CM credits, reinstatement, etc.  Liz Callin at