AICP Candidate Pilot Program

Put Your Career on the Fast Track

Distinguish yourself from your peers through the AICP Candidate Pilot Program. Demonstrate to potential employers a commitment to mastering planning skills and maintaining the highest standard of ethical practice. Get involved in AICP early and learn among practicing planners while earning Certification Maintenance credits.

Students and recent graduates of PAB accredited programs can:

  • Enroll in the program at any time, starting in November 2017
  • Register for the AICP Certification Exam in December or June after you graduate
  • Use the payment program for exam fees
  • Take the exam prior to earning professional planning experience

Program Details

Who Is Eligible to Participate

Sample Timeline

Realize the Benefits

Paths to AICP

The AICP Candidate Pilot Program provides you with a path to start earlier — the criteria to become AICP are the same.

AICP Candidate Pilot Program Details

Step One: Enroll in the AICP Candidate Pilot Program

Starting in November 2017, qualified APA members may enroll in the program at any time during the year by:

APA will verify program enrollment no later than six weeks after an enrollee completes these steps. Accepted enrollees will receive an exam-preparation tip sheet. They also may begin earning Certification Maintenance credits and select mentors.

IMPORTANT: Although eligible members may enroll in the AICP Candidate Pilot Program at any time, when you enroll may affect when you can take the AICP Certification Exam. Members who join the program as students must re-enroll, and graduates must enroll by a deadline set for each exam cycle. Specific dates are posted below.

Step Two: Take the AICP Certification Exam and Become an AICP Candidate

Requirements for Step Two depend on whether the AICP Candidate Pilot Program participant was a student or a graduate at the time he or she enrolled in the program.

Program participants who enrolled as students must update their enrollment by submitting updated education verification documents upon graduation. It could take APA up to six weeks to examine documents and update enrollment and participants should refer to the specific deadlines shown below.

Registering for the exam:

  1. Register for the exam by paying a $100 exam fee in December–March (for the May exam) or in June–September (for the November exam); and
  2. Schedule an exam date with Prometric up to two days before the exam administration window opens.
May 2018 Exam
Enrollment Window Year-round
Registration Window Opens December 1, 2017, 9 a.m. (CT)

Re-enrollment Deadline (for participants who enrolled as students and have graduated)

March 5, 2018, 5 p.m. (CT)
Enrollment Deadline (for graduates) March 5, 2018, 5 p.m. (CT)
Registration Deadline April 27, 2018, 5 p.m. (CT)
Testing Window May 14–28, 2018

Step Three — Earn the AICP Credential

Program participants who have passed the AICP Certification Exam are eligible to join AICP and use the AICP credential when they have:

  • Earned the required years of professional planning experience;
  • Submitted employment verification documents;
  • Submitted — and received APA approval of — essays documenting fulfillment of professional experience criteria; and
  • Earned and recorded the required Certification Maintenance credits;
  • Paid the final installment of the exam fee: $375;
  • Paid AICP dues.

Who Is Eligible to Participate in the Pilot?

Students and graduates of PAB-accredited programs may enroll in the program.

Sample Timeline

AICP Candidate Pilot Program participants have five years to earn the AICP credential. That period begins when the participant applies to the program (Step 1) and ends when their essays are approved, they pay AICP dues, and they join AICP (Step 3). Five years allow sufficient time for participants who begin as students in undergraduate-level PAB programs to complete the program.

Students and Graduates

When Does This Pilot Program Launch?

Starting in November 2017, qualified members may enroll in the program at any time during the year. Beginning in December 2017, graduates of PAB-accredited programs may register to sit for the May 2018 AICP Certification Exam.