Professional Development

Throughout the year, APA Ohio offers speaker luncheons, professional development workshops, webcasts of various trending topics and networking events to allow members to stay current on local planning issues.The Chapter also offers regional and state conferences and supports section-level workshops. These events provide opportunities for members to make new contacts, renew old ones, recognize achievements, and exchange ideas.

APA Ohio belongs to and moderates the Planning Webcast Series - which are free weekly webcasts on a variety of planning topics which are all available for CM credit.

Check out APA Ohio's Jobs & RFQ page for daily updates to positions available throughout the state of Ohio.

APA National's Career Center also offers a wealth of resources to assist in your career development:

  • A Guide for the Idealist series provides insights on processes for making choices in addressing decision making, types of work, and work settings. 
  • Career Reality Webinars range from choosing a career path to management issues. 
  • Planner Profiles highlight the work of outstanding planners and is a great place to start research on the variety of career path options available in planning.
  • Planning Career GPS are a series of videos that teach about the trends that shape the profession, skills to develop, and tips for strategic career management from peers.
  • Jobs Online is APAs portal for job openings in the field.


About AICP Certification

Taking the AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) exam is the first step to become a certified planner.  To qualify, one must be a current APA National member, submit an online application meeting certain education and experience criteria, and pass an examination. To learn more about how you can prepare for and pass the AICP examination, click here.  For a quick reference guide to the AICP Certification process, click here.

APA Ohio supports the professional development of its members.  APA Ohio and its six sections throughout the state provide periodic workshops and conferences to help you gain knowledge and network with others as you work towards your AICP certification.  


CM Tracking Log

All AICP members are required to engage in mandatory continuing education. All professional development activities must be approved and registered to be eligible for CM credit and recorded into your online CM log. To register or log into your CM Tracking Log, click here.  

CM Activities

Many of APA Ohio's Planning and Zoning Workshops, Regional Conferences, State Conferences and Sponsored Events have CM accredited sessions! 

  • Click here to see APA Ohio's events calendar.
  • For a list of fee-based audio and web conferences with CM credits available through APA National, click here.
  • For a list of free audio and web conferences with CM credits available through Chapters and Divisions, click here

Obtaining CM Credit for Your Event

If you have an upcoming event that you'd like approved for CM credit, click here and you'll be directed to a CM provider page through APA National's website. APA Ohio Sections do support various local events and help by acting as the provider for CM credit.  If you would like to pursue a potential partnership with a specific APA Ohio Section for your event, please contact the Section Director.


Aicp Aim High

AICP Candidate Pilot Program

The AICP Commission recently approved the AICP Candidate Pilot Program to be launched in late 2017. This pilot provides an expanded path to certification while maintaining the current steps to becoming AICP. For more information click here.

AICP Exam | Application

Important Dates for the May 2020 AICP Exam:  

Application Window Opens:  December 2, 2019
Early Bird Application Deadline: December 9, 2019
Final Application Deadline: December 30, 2019  >>Application Tips
Registration Deadline: TBD
Testing Window: May 11-23, 2020

2020 Reduced Exam Fee Scholarship

Perhaps you have considered taking the exam, but have hesitated because of the $425 exam fee.  If you have a financial hardship you may be eligible for a 2020 Reduced Exam Fee Scholarship. This program was put into place by APA and AICP to offer assistance to those individuals who may have deferred taking or have been unable to take the AICP exam because of the high cost.

APA Ohio has been allotted two scholarship for the May 2020 testing window. Scholarship recipients pay reduced fees to AICP as follows:

  • First time AICP applicants: $145 (combined $70 application and $75 exam fee)
  • Previously approved AICP applicants: $75 (exam fee only)  

Fine Print:

  • The awarding of a scholarship does not guarantee that a recipient will be approved to take the AICP Exam. The exam application will be evaluated like any other. 
  • If you should be awarded a scholarship but have already paid the exam fee, APA will reimburse you.
  • AICP Candidate participants will be considered last, as the fee to sit for the exam is already greatly reduced.

Reduced AICP Exam Fee Scholarship Selection Criteria  

Interested members must submit a written request to APA Ohio which includes the following:

  1. An explanation of your financial hardship (including financial hardship caused by a budget cutback in a firm or agency).  Examples of financial hardship include but are not limited to:
    • The applicant’s employer will not subsidize the exam fee.
    • The applicant will be otherwise unlikely to take the exam without the reduced fee.
  2. A short summary of your education and work experience indicating briefly how your level of education and professional planning experience meet the AICP certification eligibility requirements.
  3. Optional – information on your ethnicity and/or race.  Because APA, AICP and APA Ohio are committed to increasing the diversity of the organization, members of ethnic or racial minorities will be given preference, all things being equal.  

Submit a written scholarship request to APA Ohio at no later than January 31, 2020.     

AICP Exam | Prep

Exam Tips

Beginning in 2013, APA Ohio has been conducting a survey of Ohio members who have been approved to take the AICP test. Once the testing period is opened, APA Ohio sends out an invitation to take the survey to all those who have been approved to take the exam. Our hope is that we will develop a robust data base of information on how much time and effort it takes to both apply for and study for the AICP exam, and advice on the best study materials and test taking tips.  So far, a total of 78 members have participated in the survey.
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APA Resources

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Exam Guide
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Chapter Presidents Council CPC Study Manual

APA's Chapter Presidents Council is pleased to offer the CPC Study Manual for those who are preparing to take the American Institute of Certified Planners written examination. Should you decide to purchase the manual, we hope you will find it a useful resource.

The purpose of this self-study manual is to help review basic planning concepts and to practice skills that are necessary for taking a multiple-choice test.

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Other APA Chapter Study Materials

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Election to Fellow (FAICP) is one of the highest honors that the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) bestows upon a member. Below are the biographies of APA Ohio Fellows. For more information on the FAICP process and the work they promote, click here and you will be directed to the National APA site.

APA Ohio is proud to have twenty-one FAICP members within our membership!

Fellow Biographies

2018 Inductees

2016 Inductees

2014 Inductees

2012 Inductees

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