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 onhelpful 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 22, 2023, 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; Presenters:  Richard Luedke, AICP, APA Texas PDO, City of Lewisville; Sheri Smith, PhD, AICP, Texas Southern University; Kim Mickelson, JD, AICP, Texas Southern University, City of Houston

Saturday, July 29, 2023, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Freese & Nichols, Inc. Offices, 10431 Morado Circle #300, Austin, Texas 78759; Presenters:  Richard Luedke, AICP, APA Texas PDO, City of Lewisville; Chance Sparks, AICP, APA Texas, Freese and Nichols, Inc., Caitlin Admire, AICP, Freese and Nichols, Inc.

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

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.


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, August 5, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 University of Texas at Arlington; CAPPA Building Auditorium Room 204, 601 W. Nedderman Drive, Arlington, Texas 76019

Registration Fee:  $60 (includes lunch)


Upcoming AICP Exam Part I Workshop:

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, 2023, American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401, in conjunction with the APATX 23 State Planning Conference.  Registration Fee:  $40


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.  


AICP Certification Diversity Scholarships

for the November 2023 AICP Exam

Don't miss out on the upcoming AICP Certification Diversity Scholarship for AICP certification!

The American Planning Association (APA) will grant 50 scholarships nationwide for the fall 2023 AICP certification cycle. Potential recipients can choose if they would like to use the scholarship for the exam or the assessment.

Recipients will pay the scholarship fee of $85 instead of the regular $255 fee.

Scholarships cannot be transferred to a future cycle, but recipients can re-apply.

Members who do not receive a scholarship, or members who passed the exam and would like to receive an additional scholarship for the assessment, can apply again in any future window.

Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis; therefore, it is critical to submit your application as soon as possible.  Once all 50 scholarships are awarded, APA Texas will provide additional Diversity Scholarships in the form of a reimbursement once exam registration is complete.

The window to submit the application will open July 5, 2023 and close August 31, 2023. For more details about the scholarship, or to access the form, please visit APA's website.


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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