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 Spring 2018. 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 2017 SNEAPA conference will take place in Providence, RI in October 2017.

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:

Susmitha Attota, AICP (May 2016)
Jennifer Kaufman, AICP (May 2016)
Anna Stokes, AICP (May 2016)
Rebecca Parkin, AICP (May 2016)
Katherine Rattan, AICP (Nov 2016)
Patrick Gallagher, AICP (Nov 2016)
Rory Fitzgerald, AICP (Nov 2016)
Kyle Shiel, AICP (Nov 2016)



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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