On-Demand Training, Application Assistance and Scholarships to help
Central Section APA Members Prepare for the
AICP Certification Exam

On-Demand Training

Interested in becoming an AICP certified planner? Whether you’re just getting started or well on your way to taking the exam, APA California is here to help!

We are pleased to announce the release of a comprehensive AICP exam training course planned and produced by the Central and San Diego Sections and recorded by APA California. Conceived as a four-day in-person/live stream event, the primary goal was to reach Section members in remote areas. The on-demand course is now available to everyone!

With over 12 hours of instruction presented in an informal classroom setting with full audience interaction, this course provides the guidance and materials needed to better prepare for the exam. Study at your own pace! Learn valuable exam taking tips! If you plan to take the AICP exam this year or next this course is for you!

Topics and speakers include:

  • Part 1: Planning History and Context, Wendy Tinsley Becker, RPH, AICP, Principal, Urbana Preservation & Planning, LLC
  • Part 2: Exam and Training Sessions Overview (Free to all! Check it out now!), Lorena G. Cordova, AICP
  • Part 3: Plan Making and Implementation, Stephen Michael Haase, AICP
  • Part 4: Regulatory Law, David Pierucci, Attorney, Best, Best, and Krieger
  • Part 5: Ethics Training, Brian F. Mooney, FAICP, Managing Principal, Community Planning & Landscape Architecture, Rick Engineering
  • Part 6: Public Participation, Joan Isaacson, Vice President/Public Involvement and Facilitation, Kearns & West
  • Part 7: Planning Trends, Demographics & Transportation, Phil Trom, AICP, Senior Planner, SANDAG
  • Part 8: Leadership, Administration & Management, Dahvia Lynch, AICP CEP, LEED AP, Director of Development Services, City of San Marcos

Updates to exam dates and recent changes to the AICP certification process are provided in Part 8 of the course series (recorded on April 25th, 2020). All registrants will receive follow-up information regarding AICP exam scheduling.

Cost: APA Members $75 / Non-Members $100 / Student Members $25. Register now and receive the two bonus videos below!

Sequoia and Kings Canyon

AICP Examination Application Preparation Session

This candid and practical session helps demystify the AICP Exam application preparation process covering resources, dates, fees, process steps, application content and tips. Strategies for studying for the exam and taking the test are also shared. Highly recommended for anyone just starting the AICP exam process. Recorded in San Diego in 2019.

Moderator: Lorena G. Cordova, AICP

Becoming AICP – A Helpful Webinar
Recorded on June 5, 2020, this webinar gives some helpful tips and trips in navigating the path to becoming AICP. Thank you to our friends in the San Diego Section!

This entertaining video focuses on best strategies for taking the AICP exam. Watch this fun game where planners display their knowledge, while learning tips on preparing for the AICP exam. Recorded at the 2018 Chapter Conference in San Diego.

Moderator: Asha Bleier, AICP

Questions on distance education? Contact Greg Konar, AICP, Distance Education Coordinator

Scholarship and Funding Options

The Central Section is offering two AICP scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded on a “first-come, first-serve” basis, based on the following two-step process:

  • Step 1: Submit your letter of interest after APA has approved your application to sit for the AICP exam, and before the exam registration deadline; this will form the eligibility list.
  • Step 2: Submit your receipts after taking the exam, with a signed letter stating that your employer will not cover the costs. Chronological order of receipts received will determine funding priority.

E-mail statements of interest to Holly Owen, Co-Chair, Central APA Professional Development Officer, at Holly will maintain a list of eligible recipients, based on the letters of interest submitted before the exam registration deadline. After the exam, eligible planners that submit their receipts and signed letter will receive the scholarship funds, of up to $500, on a reimbursement basis, in chronological order received. Pending interest and available funds, the APA Board could decide to increase the number of scholarships awarded upon a formal vote of the Board.

Questions? Contact Holly at 559-897-5328, or via email at

The State Chapter is also offering eight (8) cost offsetting scholarships this year – one for each Section. Please go to the AICP heading on the Chapter’s website under Professional Development to find and review the application. We encourage you to pursue this scholarship if any of the criteria in the application apply to you. You can also go directly to the application by clicking HERE.

To be eligible for an AICP Exam Reduced Fee Scholarship for the AICP Exam, please complete this application and email it to Carey Fernandes, AICP, Vice President of Professional Development at Submission deadlines apply per exam round.

APA offers Diversity Scholarships for AICP Certification candidates. AICP Certification Scholarships help make the planning profession more diverse and accessible. Diversity is an inclusive concept that encompasses race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, sexuality, ability, educational attainment, spiritual beliefs, creed, culture, tribal affiliation, nationality, financial status, immigration status, political beliefs, veteran status, etc. If you affiliate with any of these, apply for an AICP Certification Diversity Scholarship. The following scholarships are available:


Option For Members Who:
Exam and assessment (counts as two scholarships) Are ready to submit experience assessment if they pass the exam
Exam only Need to still earn professional planning experience
Assessment only Have already passed the exam


  • A total of 50 scholarships will be available per cycle for all three options combined
  • Scholarships must be used in the cycle awarded
  • The fees for each step are as follows:


Option Fee
Exam and assessment $85 for each
Exam only $85
Assessment only $85


Upcoming dates for the spring 2023 AICP Certification cycle

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE (for the AICP exam and for the experience assessment): Friday, March 24, 2023



Opens: Monday, April 3, 2023 at 9:00am CT

Closes: Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 3:00pm CT

Transfer Deadline: Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 3:00pm CT



Exam Window: May 1-26, 2023



Opens: Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 9:00am CT

Closes: Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 3:00pm CT


Access the scholarship application form here. The scholarships are on a first-come, first-served basis with 50 scholarships allowed for the spring 2023 cycle for both the exam and the experience assessment. The exam + assessment option counts as 2 scholarships. In your application, include “Central Section” as Chapter Name, “Holly Owen” as PDO, and “” as the e-mail of PDO. E-mail your application to Holly Owen. For additional questions, e-mail



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