AICP Exam Prep and Workshops

To become a certified planner, entitled to use the AICP designation, American Planning Association (APA) members must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass a written examination. The AICP Certification Exam is given twice each year, in May and November. The first step is to complete and submit an application and the exam fee by a specified deadline (typically 5 to 6 months in advance of the testing window). Once your application is accepted, you may register to take the exam. Information about the AICP process can be found at https://www.planning.org/certification/.

AICP Exam Registration, Study Group, Scholarship, Workshop Recording Information, CPC Study Manual, and Ethics Code Info

AICP EXAM PART I WORKSHOPS

Registration fee: Free of charge

The AICP Part I Workshop will provide an overview of what to expect when preparing for the AICP exam. This 4-hour workshop will focus on helpful tips on how to study and test preparation strategies. The major topic areas of the exam will be outlined, and sample test questions will be presented.

Saturday, January 20, 2024, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at University of Texas at Arlington, CAPPA Building Auditorium, Room 204, 601 W. Nedderman Drive, Arlington, Texas 76019

Friday, January 26, 2024, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. University of Texas at San Antonio, Downtown Campus, Durango Building,501 W César E Chávez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78207

Saturday, February 3, 2024, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Texas Southern University, School of Public Affairs Building (SOPA), Room 411, 3400 Cleburne Street, Houston, TX 77004

Saturday, February 10, 2024, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Freese & Nichols, Inc. Offices, 10431 Morado Circle #300, Austin, Texas 78759

To register for any of the Part I workshops, please send your name, email address, phone number, and workshop location to:

Richard Luedke, AICP

Texas Chapter Professional Development Officer

rluedke@cityoflewisville.com

(817) 938-4409

You may register until workshop start time. Walk-ins are welcome, but please register if possible so that we will know how many to prepare for.

AICP EXAM PART II WORKSHOP

The AICP Exam Part II Workshop is conducted by Dr. Jennifer Cowley, FAICP, the nation's leading AICP exam preparation instructor, and Richard Luedke, AICP, Texas Chapter Professional Development Officer (PDO). During this 6-hour workshop, Dr. Cowley and Mr. Luedke will take you on a deep dive on how to approach the questions on the AICP exam and will guide you through the thought process needed to select the correct answers.

Saturday, February 17, 2024, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.at University of Texas at Arlington; CAPPA Building Auditorium Room 204, 601 W. Nedderman Drive, Arlington, Texas 76019

Registration Fee: $60 (includes lunch)

REGISTER HERE!

STUDY GROUP INFORMATION:

The name, email address and zip code of approximately 700 Texas planners appear on the Professional Development Officer’s (PDO) list of planners who have expressed an interest in taking the exam in the next few testing cycles. To encourage the formation of AICP exam study groups in specific areas of the state, an official study group list has been created that is sorted by zip code.  All Texas planners intending to take the exam in the near future are encouraged to contact those in your area by email to set up study groups to share information and to help each other stay focused and motivated in your preparation for the exam. To obtain the official Texas Chapter study group list for fall 2023, please email rluedke@cityoflewisville.com to request a copy of the study group list spreadsheet.  

SCHOLARSHIPS:

The American Institute of Certified Planners and the APA Texas Chapter encourage those with financial hardships to become AICP members by taking advantage of the AICP Certification Diversity Scholarship program, which offers assistance to those individuals who may defer taking or are unable to take the AICP exam because of the high cost.  The Diversity Scholarship reduces the exam registration fee from $255 to $85, a $170 savings.  Those who were NOT awarded one of the 50 nationwide Diversity Scholarships offered by APA in September are eligible for a Diversity Scholarship provided by the Texas Chapter.  To apply for a Texas Chapter Diversity Scholarship, please send an email to Richard Luedke, AICP, Texas Chapter PDO at rluedke@cityoflewisville.comconfirming that your employer does not cover the exam fee.  The scholarship will be in the form of a reimbursement.  Texas Chapter Diversity Scholarships are also available for the Experience Assessment fees in December if your employer does not cover the cost.

WORKSHOP RECORDINGS:

AICP Exam Part I Workshop Recording (Free)

The AICP Part I Workshop held on July 8, 2023, provided an overview of what to expect when preparing for the AICP exam.  This 4-hour workshop focused on helpful tips on how to study and identified test preparation strategies. The major topic areas of the exam were outlined, and sample test questions were presented.

To view the workshop recording, please use the link below:

AICP Exam Part I Workshop UTA 7-8-23 Recording Link

AICP EXAM Part II WORKSHOP Recording $50

This 6-hour workshop, which was held on Saturday, August 5, 2023, features the nation's leading AICP Exam Preparation Instructor, Dr. Jennifer Cowley, FAICP, who provided a deep dive on how to approach questions on the exam and guided participants through the thought process to identify the best answer. The Part II workshop recording may be purchased for $50.

To purchase the recording, please use the link below:

Link to Purchase the Recording of the AICP Exam Part II Workshop 8-5-23

Once the purchase is complete in Eventbrite, a link to the recording will be included on the attendee event page.

CHAPTER PRESIDENTS COUNCIL STUDY MANUAL:

A PDF of the 2017 Chapter Presidents Council (CPC) Study Manual for the AICP Exam is available to aide in your exam preparation.  Please keep in mind that the study manual is organized under the old 5-part exam outline but covers nearly all of the content covered in the current 9-part exam outline.  To request a copy, please email Texas Chapter PDO Richard Luedke.

ETHICS CODE COVERED ON THE EXAM:

APA has confirmed that the current ethics code adopted November 2021 and effective January 2022 now applies to the November 2023 exam.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Richard Luedke, AICP

Texas Chapter Professional Development Officer

rluedke@cityoflewisville.com

(817) 938-4409

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