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Poll results: Should planners take the AICP?

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  • YES, you need to take it

    18 48.65%
  • No, it is a waste of time

    6 16.22%
  • There is no AICP, it is a myth

    6 16.22%
  • Other, (explain below)

    7 18.92%
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Thread: to AICP or not to AICP....

  1. #26
    Cyburbian Emeritus Chet's avatar
    Aug 2001
    South Milwaukee

    Re: Re: Re: AICP

    Originally posted by Michael Stumpf
    The CED ceased to exist two years ago, as did the Ec.D.
    I laughed at that when I took the survey too. I have the EDFP but heck I knew the story with the others. What were the survey folks really trying to do? I think they just blew it.

  2. #27
    Aug 2001
    take the test if you are able.

    I took the AICP a few years ago, and having done some minor amount of studying for it, was able to pass with relative ease.

    It may not be required for jobs. It may never be what gets me into a new or better position.

    However, if state certification of planners becomes a requirement sometime in the future (as was being discussed in Texas a few years ago), than such certification will likely be based on AICP (unless the state board of Realtors gets their way and forces all of us to get Real Estate licenses).

    I figure, if such a requirement is mandated in the future, I might already be covered and not have to worry about taking a test on a bunch of things I learned in school twenty years after my last class. .

  3. #28

    AICP or not

    I agree that AICP may not be as relevant as it could be. I also believe that it does show a level of competency and could make a long term difference in job searches. I have looked at resumes, hired, and fired for over 20+ years. Many times I get a large stack of resumes and have maybe 5-10 minutes per resume to review. I am always looking for something to distinguish one canditate as being possible and deserving of more careful scrutiny. AICP certification, education, length of job tenure, and overall experience are my main ppints to review. I have hired other professionals (architects, landscape professionals, urban designers, and others) and try to look at what their certifications are.

  4. #29
    Member Wulf9's avatar
    May 2003
    Near the Geysers
    Yes if you are young. No if you are old. I'm not going to define "young" or "old."

  5. #30
    Cyburbian tsc's avatar
    Oct 2002
    Under the Table
    Blog entries
    It really depends where you are.... in my area... I really needed the AICP .. it is a requirement for the better jobs.. but I used to work in central ny... and it really didnt matter.

    I just read a years worth of Planning mags.. and the test was not too difficult. I took it about 4-5 years ago.
    "Yeehaw!" is not a foreign policy

    Renovating the '62 Metzendorf

  6. #31

    Jun 2002
    Kernersville, North Carolina

    would you rather not take it and find you need it
    take it and decide later that you really did not need it
    (it's only a few hours for the test and maybe a little prep work)

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