I received this information regarding the
application information needed to apply to take the November '09 AICP exam:

The application window for the November 2009 AICP
exam is now open! You should be aware of some
changes to the online exam application and AICP’s
Definition of Professional Planning Experience.

In the past, applicants for the AICP exam were
required to write a 150 word response to each of
the four professional planning criteria for each
employment position that they included in the
online application. The criteria were:

Criterion A: Influencing Public Decision-Making in the Public Interest
Criterion B: Employing an Appropriately Comprehensive Point of View
Criterion C: Applying a Planning Process Appropriate to the Situation
Criterion D: Involving a Professional Level of
Responsibility and Resourcefulness

AICP will be implementing some changes to the
online application and AICP’s Definition of
Professional Planning Experience starting with
the application for the November 2009 AICP exam.
First, the four criteria in AICP’s Definition of
Professional Planning experience have been
updated and reordered. The purpose of these
changes is to elicit more illustrative and
insightful responses to the four criteria.

Criterion A: Apply a Planning Process Appropriate to the Situation
Criterion B: Employ an Appropriately Comprehensive Point of View
Criterion C: Involve a Professional Level of Responsibility and Resourcefulness
Criterion D: Influence Public Decision Making in the Public Interest

The revised Definition of Professional Planning
Experience can be viewed online at
<http://www.planning.org/certification/experience.htm>http://www.planning.org/certification/experience.htm.

As in previous applications, applicants must
respond to each AICP professional planning
criterion for each employment position.
Applicants must provide unique responses with
specific examples that demonstrate how a
particular position satisfies a particular
professional planning criterion. Applicants
offering experience in more narrowly focused
places of work should take particular care in
showing how that experience meets the four
criteria. Duplicate responses for different
criteria pertaining to the same employment
position or for the same criteria across
different employment positions will not be accepted.

Unlike before, responses to each of the four
professional planning experience criteria must be
at least 250 words but may not exceed 500 words.
The exception to this rule is Criterion A (Apply
a Planning Process Appropriate to the Situation),
which may require multiple 250 to 500 word
responses for a single employment position.

Perhaps the most significant change is how
applicants are expected to respond to Criterion
A. Criterion A has been broken down into three
sections of professional planning content: (1)
Plan Making and Implementation, (2) Functional
Areas of Practice, and (3) Research, Analysis,
and Teaching. In previous applications,
applicants were only expected to write a 150 word
response to Criterion A (formerly Criterion C).
In the new application, applicants are expected
to examine each of the three sections of
professional planning content and for each relevant section address:
· The extent that his or her
employment experience incorporates the knowledge
and tasks outlined for that section (applicants
should be specific, but do not need to
incorporate all examples listed for each
professional planning content section).
· How he or she incorporates a
professional urban and regional planning process
in the areas he or she has selected.

The response to each of the three professional
planning content sections of Criterion A must be
at least 250 words but may not exceed 500 words.
If a particular section is not relevant, the
applicant will need to briefly state why it is
not relevant. In essence, a response to Criterion
A may only be 250 to 500 words, but depending on
the sections of professional planning content
that apply to the employment position, could total 750 to 1500 words.

For example, individuals who serve as faculty in
a college or university department or urban and
regional planning may have experience relevant
only to section 3 (Research, Analysis, and
Teaching) and not to section 1 (Plan Making and
Implementation) or to section 2 (Functional Areas
of Practice). Alternatively, some employment
positions may require the applicant to respond to
both section 1 (Plan Making and Implementation)
and to section 2 (Functional Areas of Practice),
but not to section 3 (Research, Analysis, and Teaching).


Gary Taylor, J.D., AICP
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist
Department of Community & Regional Planning
Iowa State University
286 College of Design
Ames, IA 50011
Ph: 515.294.2973
Fax: 515.294.5156