American Planning Association

The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities for all by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and resident empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to ethically meet the challenges of growth and change.

For resources that are specific to students visit these areas of the APA website

AICP Certification

AICP Certification is the only nationwide, independent verification of planners’ qualifications. Earn the AICP Certification and colleagues and employers will know that you have the academic qualifications, relevant work experience, and mastery of essential skills required to serve your community effectively.

Student Engagement Committee

To provide support for students aspiring to enter the Planning profession and provide information on Planning as a profession and component of core civics curriculum to all students.


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Student Scholarships

Each year the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association offers a scholarship program to support individuals seeking funds for academic degree programs, internships, and professional development activities that enhance planning at the local, regional, state, and national levels

Become a Planner

Pennsylvania has two graduate planning programs and one undergraduate program accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, a joint effort of the American Planning Association and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.