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Please Share with Members - Free CM Education and Training Opportunities
Staff has developed a webpage designed to assist
member with locating free CM credits offered by
APA and its Chapters. The FREE CM online
education webpage is easy for members to find at

· Currently, there are more than 32 CM
credits available to members (excluding law and ethics).
· Staff will add free distance education
opportunities as they become available, so please
ask members to check this page frequently for the most current information.

New APA Online Course Offerings
· CM Ethics & Law Requirement Package –
members can save 10% when ordering the CM Ethics
and Law Requirement Package (package includes
both Ethical Practice for Practicing Planners and
Hot Topics in Planning Law courses) - CM | 5.0
meets the ethics and law requirement

· The Transportation/Land Use Connection - CM | 6.0

To register, please visit the Self-Directed study site, and select
online courses” at:

Certification Maintenance (CM) Logging Demonstrations
There’s still time for members to register for
the bi-weekly webinar demonstrations to learn how
to record their CM credits, verify their CM
progress and status on the CM log, and use the
online program calendar. Following the
demonstration, staff will answer questions about
Certification Maintenance (CM).

Upcoming Demonstrations:
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

Registration details will be in the December
edition of APA Interact for Certified Planners or
please request members contact CM customer
service by email at
<mailto:AICPCM (AT) planning (DOT) org>AICPCM (AT) planning (DOT) org
to receive the link to register.

End of CM Reporting Period Reminders
* Grace Period: Members have a four-month
grace period ending April 30, 2010.
Members who have not fulfilled their requirement
by the end of the reporting period (December 31,
2009) should use the grace period to complete
their requirements by attending and recording CM-eligible activities.

Please note that a more detailed explanation
about the grace period was included with the
November chapter comparison reports. You can
find the template titled “CM Grace Period - What
you need to know” on the PDO webpage

* Carryover Credit: Members may carry over a
maximum of 16 excess CM credits from one
reporting period to the next. These cannot
include the required law and ethics credits.
For example, a member on the 2008-2009 reporting
period earned 30 CM credits prior to the start of
the reporting period, then earned an additional
20 CM credits during 2008-2009 for a total of 50
CM credits (including ethics and law). The member
has satisfied the 32 CM credit requirement for
this reporting period and may carry over a
maximum 16 of the excess credits to the 2010-2011
reporting period. The member will begin their
2010-2011 reporting period with 16 credits.

Figure 1 Carryover Credit Example.
The numbers represent CM credits earned.

Certification Maintenance Member Exemption Options
If a member is finding it difficult to meet their
Certification Maintenance requirements, there is
an option to apply for an exemption. There are
exemptions for a variety of personal and
professional reasons for both retaining an active
membership status or inactive membership status

If there are members who are retired from
planning, they may qualify for an exemption from
CM. To learn more about the criteria for retired
exempt status from CM and to download a Retired
Status Exemption Form, please request members

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

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