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    Certified Transportation Planner

    Anyone planning to take the CTP exam sponsored by APA? Also, to consultants and those who hire transportation planner, would this exam be worth the cost and the preparation time?

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    My firm wants me to consider the Professional Transportation Planner (PTP) Certification through ITE. I emailed ITE and left a voicemail last week regarding elaboration on their professional planning experience requirement. Overall I think the requirements are much less stringent than AICP.
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    I just passed the AICP and am thinking about taking the test if I recieve my official notification in time to register for the CTP. If you already have AICP, then it seems like a no brainer to get CTP. First, CTP doesn't require any additional annual dues beyond that for AICP PTP requires recurring dues.. It also seems, that the continuing education requirements for CTP dovetail with those for AICP so that as long as you take a minimum number of transporation planning related hours, then you won't need to take any additional hours beyond that required for AICP. Finally, since the CTP certificaiton requires more years of experience as compared to the PTP I would say that is probably more valued.

    My question to those who have taken the CTP exam, is how did you study? I'm a working professional and I don't have time to study 100 hours for the exam. Did anyone attend the session at the Annual APA Conference and was it help ful? Also, is there anywhere were you can find information on the pass rate for the CTP exam?

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    My grad concentration was in transportation, and I'm coming up on my two years of experience to be able to consider if I want to do AICP. Another six years just before I can try for CTP after that?! Seems a bit much. I'll go to ITE's PTP first. I would think for transportation ITE would have more credibility.

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    Hadn't looked at the PTP info online in a while, but I just noticed they have a page comparing the PTP and CTP:

    http://www.tpcb.org/ptp/comparison.asp

    Although in reality the cost to maintain an AICP is higher with the combined APA/AICP dues (really $230-505 a year vs. just the AICP currently quoted on the comparison page).

    FWIW

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    Interesting link. The only thing I would add is that they don't include the cost for membership in APA or ITE. Seems relevant because you have to be a member of APA to maintain your AICP status and I assume the same is true for the PTP with ITE.
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    I checked the PTP site and nowhere do they state you HAVE to be a ITE member to be a PTP. Also, the CTP vs PTP comparison page has the following which indicates that their is a real effort to differentiate the TPCB from ITE.
    On a different note, I passed the AICP and as soon as my partial year dues are recieved by APA, I'm planning to apply to take the CTP exam. Anyone else plan on taking it later this year?

    PTP is administered by the Transportation Professional Certification Board (TPCB). What is the TPCB? Is it part of ITE?

    The TPCB is an independent corporation with its own Board of Directors. ITE provided the resources to support the initial work of the TPCB through a loan that has been fully repaid. ITE continues to provide staff support and other services; the TPCB pays for those, and is nearing financial self-sufficiency. All decision making is solely that of the TPCB Board of Directors.



    Quote Originally posted by transguy View post
    Interesting link. The only thing I would add is that they don't include the cost for membership in APA or ITE. Seems relevant because you have to be a member of APA to maintain your AICP status and I assume the same is true for the PTP with ITE.

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