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.  We will cover helpful tips on how to study and test taking strategies.  The major topic areas of the exam will be outlined and sample test questions will be presented.  All workshops will be held in large lecture halls facilitate social distancing.

Saturday, January 29, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at UT-Arlington, CAPPA Building Auditorium, Room 204 

Saturday, February 5, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Austin; location TBD

Saturday, February 12, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Houston, Texas Southern University

Saturday, February 19, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in San Antonio; location TBD

To register, please send your name, email address, phone number, and workshop location to:

Richard Luedke, AICP

Texas Chapter Professional Development Officer

(817) 938-4409


The AICP Exam Part II Workshop is conducted by Dr. Jennifer Cowley, FAICP, the nation's leading AICP Exam Preparation Instructor.  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, February 26, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with Dr. Jennifer Cowley at UT Arlington; CAPPA Building Auditorium Room 204

Registration Fee:  $60 (includes lunch)

To register, please use the following link:

Registration Link

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.