Applying for the Exam

The AICP exam is offered twice a year in May and November. Candidates must apply approximately 6 months in advance of the exam date. The AICP Guide Part 1: Certification Application provides complete  information about eligibility and completing the AICP exam application. NNECAPA's Professional Development Officer (PDO) is available to answer questions and assist members interested in applying for the AICP exam.

Preparing for the Exam

The AICP Certification Exam addresses basic knowledge areas and skills of planners. The AICP Certification Exam Outline offers more detail about the five major topic areas covered in the exam. Given the breadth of information covered by the exam, studying over a period of multiple months is recommended. The AICP Guide Part 2: Taking the Exam covers the details of scheduling the exam, what to expect on exam day, and how the exam is scored.

Study Resources

Members preparing for the exam can purchase the APA Chapter Presidents Council Study Guide from NNECAPA's PDO for $15 using this order form. Other study resources include: