Continuing Professional Development Program
The Connecticut Chapter has a deep commitment to all its member planners, with or without AICP certification, to provide a broad range of continuing education opportunities. This has meant developing a collaborative relationship with a great variety of educational providers who offer programs that can benefit our membership. We will advise our membership of those programs in e-mail and website alerts. Please see the events calendar for an updated list of continuing education programs. Many of these programs will offer CM credits.
On April 13, 2007, the AICP Commission voted to approve a mandatory Certification Maintenance Program for AICP certified planners. This program replaces the optional Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program. The CM Program became effective on January 1, 2008.
CM Program Requirements
Under the CM Program, certified planners must earn a total of 32 credits of “eligible professional development activities” every two years, commencing January 1, 2008.
No minimum numbers of credits must be earned annually.
A total of 16 CM credits may be carried over to the next reporting cycle, excluding credits earned for both current planning and ethics requirements.
Planners have a 4-month grace period to achieve CM credit requirements.
Any planner who fails to achieve CM requirements within the grace period will loose certification, and will need to seek recertification to retain AICP credentials.
How to Achieve CM Credit Requirements
Planners may earn the required 32 credits from APA, APA-sponsored, PAB graduate degree courses or registered providers.
- Voluntary, unpaid planning instruction may qualify, but the amount of credits equals the length of the presentation plus one hour of preparation
- Credits that satisfy the educational needs of another professional organization can be counted towards CM requirements
- Of the 32 credits, 1 ½ credits must be on the topic of ethics
- Of the 32 credits, 1 ½ credits must be on the topic of current planning law
Activities That Do NOT Count for CM Credit
- APA business meetings and other activities
- Volunteer services
- Teaching for a salary, fee, or honorarium
Exemptions and Waivers
- Retired members are exempt from CM requirements
APA may grant special exemptions:
See the APA website for a list of special exemption
Information for Educational Providers
Educational providers, including the Connecticut Chapter, APA, must register with APA.
For more detailed information, educational providers, or potential educational providers, are encouraged to see a provider fact sheet at: http://www.planning.org/cm/activities/pdf/cmproviderhandbook.pdf
For more information on the CM Program, generally, go to http://www.planning.org/cm/
Logging CM Credits
Planners wishing to log their CM credits for seminars and webinars they attended should go to http://www.planning.org/cm/log/, and click on the appropriate tab and follow directions.