AICP Certification & FAICP


For up-to-date registration information, see visit the national APA website. CCAPA offers the following preparation services to its members and others in the region:

Annual Classroom Reviews

The full-day 2015 Annual AICP Classroom at the UConn Storrs campus was held on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Please see the links to the presentations below.

The next Annual AICP Classroom will occur on Feb. 6, 2016 with a snow date of Feb. 20, 2016. Contact Susan Westa, AICP, CCAPA Professional Development Officer (PDO) at (860) 280-2032, or via email at any time for additional information.

The Chapter co-hosts a 1.25 hour AICP Exam Preparation Session with the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapters annually at the Southern New England Planning Conference (SNEAPA). The 2015 session will be held in Hartford, CT this fall. A presentation from the 2014 SNEAPA AICP Classroom can be accessed here.

AICP also holds an Annual AICP Exam Preparation session at its National Planning Conference. For more information, go to National APA.

AICP CD Courses

The Chapter has purchased copies of the APA Chapter President’s Council Study Manual for the 2014-2015 AICP Examination on CD-ROM. These CDs are still valid for 2015. The CD may be obtained free-of-charge from Susan Westa by CCAPA members who are serious exam candidates.

The official AICP Study Manual/CD-ROM 3.0 is available for purchase from APA here.

Library Reference Desk

APA has suggested over 60 selected readings to help prepare candidates for the AICP Examination. You may view the full list on their website. The following readings from that list are available in a non-circulating folder in the Reference Room of the Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller Street, Meriden (across the street from City Hall):

  • AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Everyday Ethics for Planners
  • Planning Theory for Practitioners
  • The Practice of Local Government Planning (3rd Edition, 2000)
  • Land Use in a Nutshell
  • Redesigning Cities

Ask the reference librarian for the “AICP Exam” materials. Directions and hours for the library can on the town’s website.

AICP Exam Fee Scholarships

The AICP Scholarship Program offers assistance to one individual annually who may defer taking, or is unable to take, the AICP exam because of its high cost. Scholarship recipients pay reduced fees to AICP as follows:

  • First time AICP applicants: $135 (combined application and exam fee)
  • Previously approved AICP applicants: $65 (exam fee only)

Reduced AICP Exam Fee Scholarship Selection Criteria

To qualify you must submit a written explanation of financial hardship (including financial hardship caused by a budget cutback in a firm or agency).

  • Members of ethnic or racial minorities shall be given preference.
  • The applicant selected will be otherwise unlikely to take the exam without the reduced fee.
  • The applicant’s employer will not subsidize the exam fee.

It is ultimately up to the Chapter PDO to decide what constitutes financial hardship (Item #1 merely gives the general framework). Please send your request to Sue Westa, AICP, Connecticut Chapter, American Planning Association, via email .

Best of luck with your exam preparation!

Certification Maintenance

For more information about AICP’s  Certification Maintenance program, see

Congratulations to the following planners who recently received their AICP certifications:
Ben Henson, AICP (Nov 2014)
Carly Myers, AICP (Nov 2014)
Jennifer Rodriguez, AICP (Nov 2014)




Election to Fellow in AICP is one of the highest honors that the American Institute of Certified Planners bestows upon a member. This honor is in recognition of the achievements of the planner as an individual, elevating the Fellow before the public and the profession as a model who has made significant contributions to planning and society.

Connecticut is graced with a number of professional planners who could meet the criteria for election as Fellow. Yet, only several Connecticut planners have been inducted in the College of Fellows out of 300 nationwide. The CCAPA Executive Committee selects candidate for nomination to the College of Fellows.

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Recall the complaints filed here by me the property owner against the First Selectman of Plainfield last year.

This was that posting:

I am a Taxpayer in the Town of Plainfield,CT. I am finding many irregularities in oversight by Town Officials based on the Rules and Regulations that they are expected to adhere to as it is their responsibility to protect their Citizen and Taxpayers such as:

1). Town Planner had allowed a CT. based Contractor to begin excavation of a major project without performing due diligence on the performance bond the Contractor provided the Town. It turned out that the performance bond in the amount of $240,000 was fraudulent.

The Town Planner then gave the same Contractor ( without the property owners permission or knowledge ) a reduction in the requirement of the bond by $170,000 without any sensible explanation to the property owner. No work was performed for the reduction.

This was followed up by the excavation contractor giving yet another fraudulent performance bond ( $50,000) to the Town.

When that was discovered by the property owner the Town Planner followed up once more by allowing this Contractor to post a$50,000 cash bond. All against the property owners permission.

2). The Town's Head of P & Z allowed the same Contractor to begin excavation without taking out the following required permits:

a). CTDEEP Storm Water permits.
b). CTDOT Encroachment permits.
c). Proof of Insurance.

The same Town Planner/ Surveyor appeared to allow the abutting business to build a structure within 12 inch of the other property owners property line and right against the well head casting.

In further review of the Head of P & Z who is also head of Inland Wetlands I find that his qualifications amount to no more than that he was a registered Surveyor before being placed in this political position.

1). Is this department head not required to have a degree to hold these duel positions?
2). Does that not create a liability for the Town ( and Taxpayers) for not having a qualified employee overseeing these positions?

In closing. The Town Police threatened the property owner with arrest for restricting the Contractor in working on the site when the Contractor found fractured rock was being dropped down on a State roadway from a height of over 40 ft. The State of CTDOT stepped in and stopped the Contractor from excavating within the States encroachment area without a encroachment permit.

The First Selectman and John Penney of the NB slandered the property owner for not paying its property taxes when in fact a $50,000 payment was given to the town and the funds were applied to a total strangers property. The town refused to issue a refund or re appoint this payment to the correct property.

To add insult to injury the town then tried to steal this property by its attempted auction ( Spring 2015) of this property. The property owner was forced to pay the same bill all over again to fight this fight at a later date.


It is the property owners gut feeling that all this turmoil began when the property owner turned down the Co-Chairman of the P& Z Commission offer to purchase the property from him for millions of dollars.

Selectman Paul Sweet of Plainfield who has now been under investigation by the Feds since 9/14 will soon have to answer for his wayward ways once again.

A lawsuit is being filed against the First Selectman and his Head of Planning & Engineering, Lou Soya ( who lacks the credentials as head of P&E as well as Inland Wetlands ) this year by the property owner.

The lawsuit that will be filed by the property owner are for RICO violations, Fraud as well as Inverse Condemnation amount other things. ( no statute of limitations and triple damages).

Depositions have already taken will expose much of the ongoing fraud.

Much info from a previous lawsuit against the contractor by the property owner in Federal Court back in 2013 will also explain a lot in which the property owner won on all counts.

Complaints are now coming in one after another regarding the excavation project across from the Riverview Restaurant in Plainfield by the local taxpayers of Plainfield.

The Citizens of Plainfield will soon see how the First Selectman and his employees jointly worked together to reduce a performance bond ( $220,000 down to $50,000) to cover up fraudulent bonds presented to Lou Soya by the present excavation contractor.

Without the property owners consent or knowledge the property owner also claim the taking" of his titled water rights of the Moosup Pond by the Selectman as well.

As was the case in 2000 when the First Selectman was under investigation ( Inter Royal Mills ) the First Selectman has been under a new investigation by the Feds for the Brunswick Mills which was ordered torn down without permission of the CTDEEP or the EPA by the First Selectman.

The First Selectman has already notified its insurance carrier of the expected lawsuit. It is expected to exceed $10,000,000.
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