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

AICP Exam Study Group, Scholarship, and Workshop Recording 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. The official Texas Chapter study group list is attached.  




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.  The scholarship application deadline has been extended to NOON, Thursday, APRIL 27, 2023.  To apply, please send an email to Richard Luedke, AICP, Texas Chapter PDO at to request a scholarship application.




AICP Exam Part I Workshop Recording (Free)


The AICP Part I Workshop held on January 28, 2023 provided an overview of what to expect when preparing forthe AICP exam.  This 4-hour workshop focused on helpful tips on how to study and identified test preparationstrategies. The major topic areas of the exam wereoutlined, and sample test questions were presented. 

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


Link to view AICP Exam Part I Workshop January 2023


AICP EXAM Part II WORKSHOP Recording $50


This 6-hour workshop, which was held on Saturday, February 25, 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


Once the purchase is complete in Eventbrite, a link to the recording will be included in the payment confirmation email and the attendee event page.

If you have any questions, please contact:


Richard Luedke, AICP

Texas Chapter Professional Development Officer

(817) 938-4409

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