APA Launches AICP Candidate Pilot Program in November

Submitted by: Hanna Cockburn, AICP If you are in or have recently graduated from one of North Carolina’s two planning programs accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), you can join the AICP Candidate Pilot Program, beginning this November. The new AICP Candidate Pilot Program provides a pathway to earn the prestigious AICP Certification in a new format. Planners who join the program have the opportunity to sit for the AICP Certification Exam following graduation – when you’re still in the test-taking mindset – THEN completing the required professional experience. . The criteria to become AICP remain the same, but the order of the steps are different: After passing the Certification Exam, participants may use the “AICP Candidate” designation on their resume, LinkedIn profile, and anywhere else. The designation demonstrates to potential employers your commitment to the mastering of planning skills and the highest standard of ethical practice. Once you’ve earned your requisite professional planning experience, you’ll complete the certification process and secure the AICP credential. While the total cost is the same as the traditional route to AICP credentials, the candidate program spreads the costs associated with becoming AICP out over a longer time period. Enrolling in the program is only $20, followed by the $100 exam fee. The remaining fees are paid AFTER you earn your professional planning experience – when you (or your employer) are in a better position to cover the cost. Program enrollment begins this November. If you’re a recent graduate, you can register for the May 2018 exam in December 2017. Visit the AICP Candidate Pilot Program webpage for additional details, including sample...

Sign up for the Mentor-Match Program

Author: Nate Baker, Co-chair, Young Planners Group The Young Planners Group is hosting the Mentor-Match program again this year and we need your help in making this important opportunity possible. The program allows young planners or planning students (mentees) to match up with experienced planners or planners who have been in the profession for over two years (mentors). YPG will then continue to facilitate communication through social events and web-based communication. Guidance may include: Professional development, job hunting, learning about career paths, involvement in APA Conference session recommendations, professional networking Learning more about the planning the profession You will have a chance to meet your mentor/mentee face-to-face on Wednesday, September 27th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm during the APA-NC Welcome Reception and on Thursday September 28th at the Membership and Diversity Mixer starting at 6:30pm. We will provide some basic guidance to kick things off and you can also connect at other times for lunch, other sessions, or events. In addition to other social events, YPG will host a March Mentor Meetup in the spring. Please see below for instructions and more details. Mentors Are you a seasoned professional who can provide career advice to the next generation of planners? Do you have advice to share about planning in North Carolina? Are you a veteran of the APA NC Conference and willing to share your expertise and tips? As a mentor you will be matched up with an emerging professional who is attending the conference and has signed up for the program. If you would like to be a mentor apply here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TQYYTGV Mentees Are you new to planning in North...