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


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, July 9, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at UT-Arlington, CAPPA Building Auditorium, Room 204

Saturday, July 16, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Houston, Texas Southern University, School of Public Affairs Building (SPA), Room 104

Friday, July 22, 2022, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. City of San Antonio Cliff Morton Development and Business Services Center Tobin Room, 1901 South Alamo Street (NW corner South Alamo Street and South Flores Street) San Antonio, TX 78204

Saturday, July 23, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Virtual and In-Person at Halff Associates, Inc. Austin Office – North, 13620 Briarwick Drive, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78729

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
(817) 938-4409

If you are registering for the Austin workshop, please indicate if you wish to attend in person or virtually.


The AICP Exam Part II Workshop is conducted by Dr. Jennifer Cowley, FAICP, the nation's leading AICP exam preparation instructor. During this 6-hour workshop, Dr. Cowley 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, July 30, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with Dr. Jennifer Cowley, FAICP, Virtual and In Person at UT Arlington; CAPPA Building Auditorium, Room 204 Registration Fee: $60 (Includes lunch if attending in person)

To register, please use the following link:

Registration Link

After registration is paid for the Part II Workshop, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours containing virtual/in-person options along with lunch options and parking information.

A recording of the Part I Workshop in Austin will be available after August 1st free of charge. A recording of the Part II Workshop in Arlington will be available for purchase after August 8th.

Helpful Articles

Texas APA - AICP Study Materials

Other materials not specifically endorsed by the Chapter or APA:

CPC Study Manual

A good place to start is the APA's Chapter Presidents Council's CPC Study Manual. 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. To order your copy, please send a request with a $20.00 check payable to APA Texas. Send to Mike McAnelly, Texas APA Executive Administrator, 9629 Fallbrook Drive, Dallas, Texas 75243.

Florida APA - Treasure Coast Section AICP Resources

The Treasure Coast Section of the APA Florida Chapter has prepared an AICP Exam Study Links page with information about the exam.  The page includes exam study links from other APA Chapters.