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 Annual AICP Classroom is held each year in the late winter/early spring at the UConn Storrs campus. Please see the links below for the most recent presentations.

The next Annual AICP Classroom will occur in early 2017. 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 2016 session will be held in Worcester, MA this fall. A presentation from the 2015 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 2015-2016 AICP Examination on CD-ROM.  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:

Jamie Bratt, AICP (Nov 2015)
Meghan Sloan, AICP (Nov 2015)
Phil Barlow, AICP (Nov 2015)
Amanda Kennedy, AICP (Nov 2015)
Tim Baird, AICP (Nov 2015)
Herve Hamon, AICP (Nov 2015)
Catherine Johnson, AICP (Nov 2015)
Raymond Mazzeo, AICP (May 2015)
Lynn Haig, AICP (May 2015)
Lisa Houlihan, AICP (May 2015)
Laura Hammett, AICP (May 2015)



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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"In the interest of celebrating planners and the great work we all do.... we wanted you to know about one of Connecticut's own and his recent national award notification.

A “National Council Member of the Year” was awarded to John Guszkowski, AICP for his role as President of Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. (CTRC&D) by the National Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils (NARC&DC) in Washington D.C. The award will be presented to John at the NARC&DC July Conference in Reno, Nevada.

To paraphrase the award letter: " we recognize that you exemplify the ideals of RC&D Nationwide by demonstrating effective leadership skills, fostering participation by partners, bringing local citizens (including underserved groups) and RC&D Councils together to implement projects, integrating the views of various community members within the area and recognizing the contributions of all participants in RC&D activities..”

In these challenging financial times for government and non-governmental organizations, it is heartening to recognize the tremendous and ongoing value of our volunteers (and planners :) !) It is also pretty terrific for Connecticut and particularly significant for the planning profession, that John was selected from a nationwide pool of RC&D Council members." (Jeanne Davies)
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The foods themselves have no race, but they are more common in certain cultures. Attached is a review of the apartment that had banned these ingredients, the reviewer switched from curry to Indian and Pakistani people without missing a beat. The ethnic aspect of this rule is thinly veiled from the start, and the review spells it out.
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