AICP Exam Prep

To become a certified planner, entitled to use the AICP designation, American Planning Association (APA) members must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass a written examination. The AICP Certification Exam is given twice each year, in May and November. The first step is to complete and submit an application and the exam fee by a specified deadline (typically 5 to 6 months in advance of the testing window). Once your application is accepted, you may register to take the exam. Information about the AICP process can be found at https://www.planning.org/certification/.


For non-AICP members who are looking to take the AICP exam or enter the new AICP Candidate program, APA and the Nevada Chapter offer a Reduced Exam Fee Scholarship as assistance to those individuals who may defer taking or are unable to take the AICP exam due to cost.

  • First time AICP applicants will receive the reduced rate of $145 (combined $70 application and $75 exam fee) and previously approved AICP applicants receive the rate of $75 (exam fee only) through APA and/or the Chapter.
  • The AICP Candidate Program scholarship will be offered at a rate of $120 covering both enrollment and exam registration fee, in the form of a rebate through the Chapter. This scholarship will be offered year-round while enrollment is open.
For those interested, please complete the attached scholarship application and submit to mvelotta@lasvegasnevada.gov during each respective exam window.