National Credential
Credential: Certified Planner  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Certified Planner is ideal for individuals with experience in professional planning. The Certified Planner demonstrates an individual’s knowledge of professional practice standards and mastery of theories and tools of planning. Candidates must be an APA member in good standing, meet education and eligibility requirements, and pledge to uphold ethical standards and engage in ongoing professional development. Candidates must receive approval prior to registering for the written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 2 years

Certified Planner

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12H Construction Engineering Supervisor MOS other          
Enlisted 12N Horizontal Construction Engineer MOS other          
Enlisted 12T Technical Engineer MOS some          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Planner

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 8 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
205 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL  60601
Phone: (312) 431-9100
Fax: (312) 786-6700
Contact Page

Certified Planner

Option 1: Candidates must have a Graduate degree in Planning from a program accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) and have two years of Professional Planning experience.

Option 2: Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in Planning from a program accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) and have three years of Professional Planning experience.

Option 3: Candidates must have a Graduate degree in Planning from a program not accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) and have three years of Professional Planning experience.

Option 4: Candidates must have any other post-graduate, graduate, or undergraduate degree with four years of Professional Planning experience. Includes non-accredited undergraduate planning degrees and degrees in related and other disciplines at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

Option 5: Candidates must have eight years of Professional Planning experience.

The Certified Planner credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must be a current member of the American Planning Association (APA).
  • Candidates must be engaged in professional planning, either currently or in the past, as defined by AICP.

Certified Planner

  • Fundamental Planning Knowledge (25%)
    • History of planning, planning movements, and influences on planning
    • Foundational legal principles and decisions
    • Theories of and about planning
    • Patterns of human settlement
    • Statutory basis of planning
    • General terminology, practices, and principles of related professions
    • National, social, and economic systems
    • Core values of planning
  • Plan Making and Implementation (30%)
    • Conducting research and acquiring knowledge
    • Spatial analysis
    • Public engagement
    • Communication
    • Preparing to plan
    • Formulating plans and policies
    • Plan implementation
    • Monitoring and assessment
    • Project or program management
    • Social justice
  • Areas of Practice (30%)
    • Comprehensive and sectoral planning
    • Community, subarea, corridor and neighborhood planning
    • Current planning
    • Sustainability planning
    • Transportation planning
    • Infrastructure planning
    • Hazards, mitigation, and resiliency planning
    • Environmental and national resources planning
    • Economic development planning
    • Urban design
    • House planning
    • Parks, recreation and open space
    • Historic and cultural resources planning
    • Institutional planning and siting
    • Food planning
    • Health planning
    • Rural and small town planning
  • Leadership, Administration and Management (5%)
    • Leadership
    • Managing External Relationships
    • Internal Organizational Management
    • Technology and related applications
  • AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (10%)
    • Section A: Aspirational principles
    • Section B: Rules of Conduct
    • Sections C, D and E: Procedural provisions

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Planner examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Planner

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Certified Planner credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Certified Planner certification is valid for two years. Certification holders must earn a total of 32 certification maintenance (CM) credits (1 contact hour = 1 CM credit) within the two-year reporting period. A minimum of 1.5 CM credits must include the topic of ethics, and another 1.5 credits must be on the topic of current planning law.

    AICP members may carry over a maximum of 16 CM credits from one reporting period into the subsequent reporting period; however, any surplus ethics and planning law credits will be carried over to the next two-year reporting period as general CM credits, not law or ethics.

    Additional information can be found on the AICP website