As a means of opening this discussion I draw your attention to a new website wherein the needs of the entire planning community are being reflected in a new professional development curriculum. As the needs of the planning community for real world, day to day, on the job skills may mean the difference between mere survival as a planner to mastery of planner skill sets, we earnestly solicit your specific needs for training and development topics and concerns.
Of special interest might be the section regarding professional development and certification and the inevitable correlation between this and professional development. It occurs to us that in the U.S. alone there are over 60,000 people in planning specific professions and a virtually countless number in related fields and professions. Of these maybe a quarter are represented by today's certification processes and the professional development needs of some of today's professional associations are directed primarily towards these few. The needs of others in the allied professions and positions, as well as the needs of those from outside the U.S. must all be addressed.