There seems to be two schools of thought when it comes to the relevancy of the AICP.
The first believes that the AICP certification will give an edge during the job hunt. The entrance test is rigorous and ongoing CM usually result in a well-rounded professional. (I'm missing a lot of stuff here so please feel free to chime in)
The second believes the AICP is too easy to get and isn't worth the cost because there isn't much value added.
I wonder if the specialties within planning plays a role. I specialized in transportation planning in grad school and work in the community development field now. I have never appreciated the value of the AICP. I've maybe seen one transportation or community development job announcement where AICP was preferred. But I have seen AICP on many announcements for land-use planners and generalists.
So could it be that the AICP is more relevant to those working in land use and growth management than in transportation or economic development?