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    Cyburbian gicarto's avatar
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    Alternatives to APA/AICP certification

    This might seem kind of silly but I would like to have some credentials on my business card as a planner but I do not want to be a member of APA/AICP because of certain political stances the organization takes that I cannot accept. Is anybody aware of similar but different credentials that a planner could use? I'm primarily interested in community finance, municipal administration and economic development. Any advice would be helpful.
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    There's CNU-A (Congress for the New Urbanism Accreditation) that you can obtain. It's probably not much use if you're just working in current planning or ED, but I'd consider it if I was in comp planning.
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    ITE has a Professional Transportation Planner certification. Recently I saw that AICP is looking to move into this too. One must question why as a professional transportation planner who is AICP I find their offerings (APA/AICP) for transportation planning woefully inadequette.
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    NOT Silly

    I came to a similar conclusion and opted for CPM, Certified Public Manager.

    http://www.cpmacademy.org/

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    Several of us have or considered CFM - Certified Floodplain Manager
    http://www.floods.org/
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    There are also all the LEED credentials.
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    There's the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program
    http://www.iedconline.org/?p=certification
    Much work remains to be done before we can announce our total failure to make any progress.

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    Well, if you have political issues with APA/AICP, I'm not sure your going to like the US Green Building Council politics associated with the LEED certifications. You may consider Congress for the New Urbanism politics even more questionable

    Now, CEcD might be right up your "political" alley, but add it up.....It will cost anywhere between $8,000 and $9,000 conservatively to obtain that certification, assuming you are currently working in the field and located relatively close to one of their education centers Not to mention the cost of continuing education with them.

    The Association of State Floodplain Managers CFM- Certified Flooplain Manager is a relatively cheap and quick certification to obtain and I might add useful (at least for me it has been)

    If you have a finance background, maybe you should just jump the shark over to Finance, City Management or Accounting and be done with it.....
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    Quote Originally posted by Cloverhill View post
    I came to a similar conclusion and opted for CPM, Certified Public Manager.

    http://www.cpmacademy.org/
    I don't put letters after my name on anything, and certainly wouldn't put AICP, but if I were forced to I'd do CPM.

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