I am an economic development planner for a Council of Governments in the IM West. I entered planning the long way around after many years in state and local government working in community and economic development, housing and energy efficiency programs. I discovered that I really like planning mainly because it is so interdisciplinary. I decided to research educational programs in land use planning which has led to many discoveries. For instance, I have discovered that I am eligible to take a test to obtain AICP certification. Hmm. I am now happily reading all about synoptic planning (isn't that the kind that puts you to sleep?), GAM and gant charts and such.
I also have enrolled in the UC Davis Extension Certificate program in Land Use & Environmental planning. This program suits me very well for a number of reasons and both the curriculum and instructors are top notch. But, I am curious as to the professions few of a "Planning Certificate". Does anyone out there have one? Have you hired a person with one? Know anyone with one? I'm looking forward to joining the fray. $$