We’re excited to share and ask that you join us in congratulating the San Diego Chapter APA members who passed the AICP exam this past May 2017. Congratulations to the following newly certified planners:

  • Dennis Campbell
  • Kathleen Keehan
  • Nick Lagura
  • Jacqueline McCrory
  • Todd Tregenza

Spring Training: If you’re considering taking the AICP exam, there are plenty of opportunities and resources to tap into in the San Diego area and we wanted to share those with you. Every year, our section hosts a four-session training in the Spring and a roundtable discussion in the Fall to help members prepare for the AICP exam. While the Fall 2017 roundtable training has passed, there’s still time to join us for the Spring 2018 training that will feature different speakers who will cover a range of topics that provide an overview of the exam content. More information will be available for the Spring training, typically held in late February to end of April, as the dates get closer. Additionally, we post helpful resources on our local webpage and have a designated Professional Development Officer who can help you navigate through the process.

AICP Candidate Pilot Program: This year APA National has launched the AICP Candidate Pilot Program intended to encourage emerging planning professionals to start their path to become AICP early. The program is intended for students, undergraduate and graduates of accredited planning programs, to join the program when you’re still in the test-taking mindset. The candidate sits for the exam after graduating and then earns the required experience. The criteria to become AICP remain the same, but the order of the steps changes for under the Candidate Pilot Program.

Therefore, if you are in or have recently graduated from a program accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), you can join the AICP Candidate Pilot Program, starting this month of November.

After passing the certification exam, participants can use the “AICP Candidate” designation on their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and anywhere else. The designation demonstrates to potential employers a commitment to the mastering of planning skills and the highest standard of ethical practice.

Once you’ve earned your requisite professional planning experience, you’ll complete the certification process and earn the full AICP credential.

While in the program, participants will also have the opportunity to be paired with an AICP mentor. Matches are based on geography and areas of interest in planning, and mentors provide career guidance and advice throughout the duration of the program.

The program spreads out the costs associated with becoming AICP. Enrolling in the program is only $20, followed by a $100 exam fee. Pay the remaining fees after you earn your professional planning experience, when you’re in a better position to pay. You may even be able to get your employer to pay for some or all of it! (Note: Total costs are the same as the traditional route to AICP.)

The AICP Candidate Pilot Program webpage provides additional details, including timelines for you to see how the program can work best for you. Note, you can enroll in the program starting this November 2017. If you’re a graduate, you can register for the May 2018 exam in December 2017.

You may connect with SDAPA Professional Development Officer for AICP Lorena Cordova, AICP, via email at lorenagcordova@hotmail.com regarding the AICP preparation and examination. In the meantime, good luck to those taking the exam this November! We’re rooting for you and look forward to congratulating you, like so many others in our San Diego Chapter, on reaching your career milestone!