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.


We know that no-cost virtual programming will be key to maintaining our mission of Virtual Learningproviding quality professional development to membership. APA Ohio and our Sections are currently hosting virtual events, and partnering with professional organizations to bring you a wide breadth of educational opportunities, for free.


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

November 2021 Exam Cycle

Window Opens: 6/1 at 10:00am

Deadline if submitting essays: 7/5 at 4:00pm

Final Deadline: 10/4 at 4:00pm


Registration Opens: 6/1 at 10:00am

Registration & Transfer Deadline: 10/29 at 4:00pm

Test Window: 11/1-11/26


Expedited Essay Window Opens: 7/12 at 10:00am

Expedited Essay Window Closes: 7/19 at 4:00pm

Regular Essay Window Opens: 7/19 at 4:00pm

Regular Essay Window Closes: 7/26 at 4:00pm


Exam Diversity Scholarship

APA Ohio is committed to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in the organization and in the planning profession. Diversity is an inclusive concept which encompasses, but not is not limited to race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, sexuality, ability, educational attainment, spiritual beliefs, creed, culture, tribal affiliation, nationality, immigration status, political beliefs, and veteran status.

If you self-identify with an under-represented population, you may be eligible for a 2021 AICP Certification Diversity Scholarship.

The next round of scholarships is for the March 2021 exam window (register/apply in December 2020) and is worth up to $300 in reduced exam fees. Both AICP Candidates and standard AICP applicants are eligible for the scholarship.

If you qualify, please submit a brief letter describing how you identify with any of the diverse populations listed above.

This program was put into place by APA to make the planning profession more diverse and accessible to those with financial need.

Requests must be submitted to APA Ohio no later than Friday, November 27, 2020.

More Info


Application Prep

APA Resources

Eligibility Requirements
Application Guide
Application Overview Video


Test Prep

APA Ohio Resources

Post Exam Survey Results
2020 APA Ohio AICP Exam Overview

APA Resources

Suggested Study Reading List
Exam Content Outline
Sample Exam Questions
Exam Guide
Computerized Exam Simulation

Other APA Chapter Resources

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APA Georgia
APA Pennsylvania

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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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

2020 Inductees

2018 Inductees

2016 Inductees

2014 Inductees

2012 Inductees

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