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Environmental Planners

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Certification is voluntary and can broaden an environmental planner's opportunities for work. The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP, a division of the American Planning Association) offers certification to applicants must meet educational and professional requirements and pass an exam. To maintain certification, planners must participate in ongoing professional development activities to keep their skills fresh and to stay up to date on trends, technologies, and best practices. In addition, the AICP offers the certified environmental planner credential, an advanced designation to those who have earned the lower-level certification, worked in the field for eight years, passed an examination, and met other requirements. 

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