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  • 1. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Kristin Kassner, AICP APA-MA Professional Development Officer Town of Burlington, MA Nancy E. Letendre, Esq. AICP RIAPA Professional Development Officer Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch, Ltd. John D. Pagini, AICP CCAPA Professional Development Officer Land Use Planner Hartford, CT September 20, 2012
  • 2. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Overview AgendaWhy AICP?AICP Eligibility RequirementsExam Registration ProcessTest SchedulingExam OverviewExam ElementsExam Preparation MaterialTest Taking TipsCM Program Overview
  • 3. Overview AICP Exam Preparation Overview Why AICP?Nationally-recognized professionalstandardEstablishes credibility with peers andpotential employersEmployment advantageLevel above partisan / political fieldCode / standards of ethical behaviorSometimes additional $
  • 4. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Eligibility RequirementsCurrent member of APA.Be engaged in professional planning,currently or in the past.Have completed, at the time of applicationsubmission, a specific combination ofeducation and experience.Must provide confirmation of degree andjob verification from each employer.
  • 5. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Eligibility Requirements Level of Education ExperienceAccredited graduate degreein planning 2 yearsAccredited bachelors degreein planning 3 yearsNon-accredited graduate degreein planning 3 yearsAny other degree 4 yearsNo college degree 8 years
  • 6. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Eligibility Requirements Professional Planning ExperienceInfluencing public decision making in thepublic interestEmploying an appropriately comprehensivepoint of viewApplying a planning process appropriate tothe situationInvolving a professional level ofresponsibility and resourcefulness
  • 7. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Eligibility Requirements Types of work NOT generally considered professional experience:Subdivision designSite design workTraffic engineeringLand surveying or mappingCommunity organization or social work.Work at a pre-professional levelElected and appointed officials
  • 8. AICP Exam Preparation OverviewHow to Register and Takethe ExamAICP Exam InformationBulletinhttp://www.planning.org/certification/pdf/bulletin.pdf
  • 9. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Registration ProcessOne Step Process - one form, one feeRegister and submit fee atwww.planning.org/certificationDeadline about 2 months in advanceFee - $495 (application & exam fee)Education and employer verification stillrequired
  • 10. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Registration Process Reduced Fee Scholarship2012:◦ MA – 2◦ CT – 1◦ RI – 1Fee for first time applicants - $135If previously approved – Fee $65Difference will be promptly refunded ifapproved for the scholarship aftersubmitting the registration fee
  • 11. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Registration Process Reduced Fee Scholarship – Eligibility CriteriaApplicant shall submit a written explanation offinancial hardshipCriteria◦ Members of ethnic or racial minorities shall be given preference◦ The applicant(s) selected will be otherwise unlikely to take the exam without the reduced fee◦ The applicant’s employer will not subsidize the exam fee
  • 12. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Registration Process GI BillMilitary veterans (and their surviving dependents) who are also approved AICP applicants (meaning they have paid the registration fee to AICP and taken the exam), can now ask the Veterans Administration to reimburse them the fee. fee.
  • 13. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Who Conducts the Exam? What is Exam Format?Thomson Prometric, on behalf of AICPComputer-based Format
  • 14. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Test SchedulingUpon application approval, you are notifiedand sent info that includes exam prepresourcesAICP forwards your name to testadministrator (Thomson Prometric)E-mail confirmation by AICPThomson Prometric issues Authorization toTest (ATT) 6 weeks before testing window
  • 15. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Computer- About the Computer-based ExamThomson Prometric Test Centers:◦ MA: 6◦ CT: 3◦ RI: 12012 / 2013 Testing Windows:◦ November, 2012: Testing Window: November 5-19◦ May, 2013: TBA
  • 16. AICP Exam Preparation Overview On- On-line tutorial:http://planning.org/_offsite /certification/tutorial/
  • 17. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Scheduling Your AppointmentAttempt to schedule exam appointment atwww.prometric.com at least 48 hoursbefore test windowIf attempt fails, call Candidate Service CallCenter (CCSC) at 800-796-9853Confirm that you are taking ComprehensivePlanning Examination (CPE)
  • 18. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Scheduling Your Appointment / Cancellation RequirementsHave your ATT on hand when making Appt.You will be assigned a confirmation #See cancellation requirements, “no show”fees, & transfer procedures to next testingwindow in the Bulletin
  • 19. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Computer- About the Computer-based ExamArrive 30 minutes before scheduled appt.2 Forms of ID (Passport, driver’s license,SSA Card, etc [see Bulletin])Name on ID must match name on your ATT
  • 20. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Computer- About the Computer-based ExamEscort to WorkstationCalculator ProvidedScratch paper providedBring a watchDo NOT bring books or reference materials
  • 21. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Computer- About the Computer-based ExamTesting appointment – 4 hours3 ½ hours for 170 questions20 questions are pre-test and do not count30 minutes for brief tutorial and briefquestionnaire at endNarrative, scenario and judgment questions
  • 22. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Computer- About the Computer-based ExamPositive experienceSystem easy to useComputers were fast enough that it did not takelong for questions to appearEasier and quicker to go back to questionsTest environment comfortable; Prometrics peoplehelpfulEasy to concentrate in cubiclesPersonalized
  • 23. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Test Taking TipsPlan to go through the exam 2-3 timesFirst, go through the exam and answer all the“easy” questions.Mark questions you cannot immediately answerand go on at once to next question.After first run-through take a breath!Go through second time and answer all questions– or a third time for the really tough ones.Enter your best guess – there is no penalty
  • 24. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Sample Question: The industry classification system that replaced the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system is:(A) North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).(B) The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) The New Standard(C) Industrial Classification system (NSIC)(D) None of the above.
  • 25. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Sample Question: The industry classification system that replaced the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system is:(A) North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).(B) The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) The New Standard(C) Industrial Classification system (NSIC)(D) None of the above.
  • 26. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Sample Question: Which of the following court cases are concerned with takings?I. Nollan v. California Coastal CommissionII. Associated Homebuilders v. City of LivermoreIII. First English Evangelical Lutheran Church v. County of Los AngelesIV. Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council (A) I only (B) I and II (C) I and III (D) I, III, and IV
  • 27. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Sample Question: Which of the following court cases are concerned with takings?I. Nollan v. California Coastal CommissionII. Associated Homebuilders v. City of LivermoreIII. First English Evangelical Lutheran Church v. County of Los AngelesIV. Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council (A) I only (B) I and II (C) I and III (D) I, III, and IV
  • 28. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Sample Question: Which of the principles of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct are applicable to instances of sexual harassment?I. A planner must not commit a deliberately wrongful act, which reflects adversely on the planner’s professional fitness.II. A planner must respect the rights of others and must not discriminate.III. A planner must have special concern for the long- range consequences of present actions. A. I and II B. I, II, and III C. I and III D. II and III
  • 29. Overview AICP Exam Preparation Overview Sample Question: Which of the principles of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct are applicable to instances of sexual harassment?I. A planner must not commit a deliberately wrongful act, which reflects adversely on the planner’s professional fitness.II. A planner must respect the rights of others and must not discriminate.III. A planner must have special concern for the long- range consequences of present actions. A. I and II B. I, II, and III C. I and III D. II and III
  • 30. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Sample Question:Between July, 2005 and July, 2006, the population of which state grew by almost 580,000, more than any other state?A. TexasB. NevadaC. ArizonaD. California
  • 31. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Sample Question:Between July, 2005 and July, 2006, the population of which state grew by almost 580,000, more than any other state?A. Texas*B. NevadaC. ArizonaD. California* Texass population surged because of an influx of displaced people from Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
  • 32. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Sample Question:This Supreme Court decision removed the cases: "substantially advances" test for takings cases:A. Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co. (1926)B. Agins v. City of Tiburon (1980)C. Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council (1992)D. Lingle v. Chevron USA (2005)
  • 33. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Sample Question:This Supreme Court decision removed the "substantially advances" test for takings cases:A. Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co. (1926)B. Agins v. City of Tiburon (1980)C. Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council (1992)D. Lingle v. Chevron USA (2005) ** Agins v. Tiburon had created the "substantially advances" test, but Lingle v. Chevron removed it
  • 34. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Study TipsStart early and continue to refreshFlash cards for rote knowledgeMemorize significant dates and eventsTake practice tests
  • 35. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Study TipsKnow current trendsRead current material – i.e. PlanningMagazine and JAPAStudy the AICP Code of Ethics, includingproceduresFocus on citizen participation issuesU.S. Census – Go to www.census.gov November Exam is based on 2000 census. Beginning 2013, exam will include 2010 census
  • 36. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Exam OverviewShift since 2000 - AICP slowly anddeliberately shifting the focus to be moreoriented to testing the application ofplanning knowledge and experienceReduced emphasis on rote memorization offacts and figuresMore decision making on the part ofexaminees
  • 37. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Exam OverviewGreat breadth of subject matter, not depthTest knowledge and skillsKnowledge – 40% - history, law, ethics, landuse, etc.Skills – 60% - demonstrate ability to workwithin a planning process, formulate goals,recognize appropriate quantitative researchmethods, etc.Many questions require professionaljudgment, intermixed with technicalknowledge
  • 38. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Exam OverviewNeed familiarity with the public planningprocess: planners’ roles; responsibilities ofplanning commissions and zoning boards;zoning and decision making; public hearingprocess; citizen participation“What would you do” planning processquestionsEmphasis on agency management; policy anddecision making; citizen participation; & ethics
  • 39. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Outline of Exam Subject MatterI. History, Theory and Law [15%] A. History of Planning B. Planning Law C. Theory of Planning D. Patterns of human settlement
  • 40. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Outline of Exam Subject MatterII. Plan Making and Implementation [30%] A. Visioning & Goal-setting B. Quantitative and qualitative research methods C. Collecting, organizing, analyzing, and reporting data and information D. Demographics and economics E. Natural & Built Environment F. Land Use & development regulations
  • 41. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Outline of Exam Subject MatterII. Plan Making and Implementation [30%] (cont’d) G. Application of legal principles H. Environmental analysis I. Growth management techniques J. Budgets & financing options K. GIS / spatial analysis and information systems L. Policy analysis and decision-making
  • 42. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Outline of Exam Subject MatterII. Plan Making & Implementation [30%] (cont’d) M. Development plan & project review N. Program evaluation O. Communications techniques P. Intergovernmental relationships Q. Stakeholder Relationships R. Project & program management
  • 43. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Outline of Exam Subject MatterIII. Functional Areas of Practice [25%] A. Community development B. Comprehensive or long range planning C. Development regulation or administration D. Economic development & revitalization E. Economic analysis & forecasting F. Educational, institutional, or military facilities planning
  • 44. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Outline of Exam Subject MatterIII. Functional Areas of Practice [25%] (cont’d) G. Energy policy H. Food system planning I. Growth management J. Hazard mitigation & disaster planning K. Historic preservation L. Housing
  • 45. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Outline of Exam Subject MatterIII. Functional Areas of Practice [25%] (cont’d) M. Infrastructure N. Labor force or employment O. Land use P. Natural resources & the environment Q. Parks, open space, and recreation R. Planning law
  • 46. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Outline of Exam Subject MatterIII. Functional Areas of Practice [25%] (cont’d) S. Policy planning T. Public services U. Social & health services V. Transportation W. Urban design
  • 47. Overview AICP Exam Preparation Overview Outline of Exam Subject MatterIV. Spatial Areas of Practice [15%] A. Planning at national level B. Planning for multi-state or bi-state regions C. Planning for state D. Planning for sub-state region E. Planning at county level F. Planning for urban areas G. Planning for suburban areas
  • 48. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Matter Outline of Exam Subject MatterIV. Spatial Areas of Practice [15%] (cont’d) H. Planning for small town I. Corridors J. Neighborhoods K. Waterfronts L. Historic districts or areas M. Downtowns
  • 49. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Outline of Exam Subject MatterV. Public Participation & Social Justice[10%] A. Public involvement planning B. Public participation techniques C. Identifying, engaging, and serving underserved groups D. Social justice issues, literature, & practice. E. Working with diverse communities F. Coalition Building
  • 50. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Outline of Exam Subject MatterVI. AICP Code of Ethics and ProfessionalConduct [5%]
  • 51. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Exam- Exam-related Information:AICP Exam Preparation Presentations –2011& 2012 APA National Conferencehttp://planning.org/certification/examprep/index.htm
  • 52. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Exam- Exam-related Information:Web site for exam-related information:http://www.planning.org/certification/ index.htmQuestions: AICPexam@planning.org
  • 53. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the Exam Resources through APAAICP Exam Tutorial:http://planning.org/_offsite/certification/tutorial/66 Selected readings – APA web sitePlanning magazine:http://www.planning.org/planning/
  • 54. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the Exam Resources through APAHistory timeline atwww.wyopass.org/Upload/File/Planning_history_timeline_final.pdf
  • 55. AICP Exam Preparation OverviewCPC Study Manual
  • 56. AICP Exam Preparation OverviewAICP Exam Prep 2.0
  • 57. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the Exam AICP Exam Prep 2.0 – ContentsAICP Exam “How to”Additional Resources (cases, planning law,planning stories, etc.)APA Policy GuidesEthicsAICP Exam Prep NotesStudy Questions
  • 58. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the Exam Selected Readings Recommended by AICPAPA General Reference Books◦ Dalton, Linda, Charles Hoch, and Frank So (eds.). 2000. The Practice of Local Government Planning. Washington, D.C.: ICMA.
  • 59. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the Exam Selected Readings Recommended by AICPAPA General Reference Books◦ American Planning Association (ed.). 2006. Planning and Urban Design Standards. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons.
  • 60. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the Exam Selected Readings Recommended by AICPAPA General References◦ Planning magazine (in print, or http://www.planning.org/planning/)◦ Journal of the American Planning Association (in print or http://www.planning.org/japa/ )◦ PAS reports (in print or http://www.planning.org/pas/reports/ )◦ Planning & Environmental Law (in print or http://www.planning.org/pel/ )◦ Policy Guides (http://www.planning.org/policy/guides/index.htm )
  • 61. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the Exam Selected Readings Recommended by AICP APA General Reference Books – 7I. History, Theory and Law - 9II. Plan Making & Implementation - 11III. Functional Areas of Practice - 12IV. Spatial Areas of Practice - 8V. Public Participation & Social Justice - 9VI. AICP Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct - 3
  • 62. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the Exam Selected Readings Recommended by AICPhttp://www.planning.org/certification/examprep/selectedreading.htm
  • 63. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the ExamSome Important Readings Recommended by AICPPlanning Theory for Practitioners, Michael P. Brooks, FAICP
  • 64. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the ExamSome Important Readings Recommended by AICP Planning the Built Environment, Larz T. Anderson
  • 65. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the ExamSome Important Readings Recommended by AICP Rural by Design: Maintaining Small Town Character, Randall Arendt
  • 66. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the ExamSome Important Readings Recommended by AICP Redesigning Cities, Jonathan Barnett, FAICP
  • 67. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the ExamSome Important Readings Recommended by AICP Land Use in a Nutshell, John Nolon and Patricia Salkin
  • 68. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the ExamSome Important Readings Recommended by AICP Qualitative Analysis for Planning & Policy: Beyond the Numbers, John & Sharon Gaber
  • 69. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the ExamSome Important Readings Recommended by AICP The High Cost of Free Parking, Donald Shoup
  • 70. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the ExamSome Important Readings Recommended by AICP AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, revised October 3, 2009 http://www.planning.org/ethics/ethicscode.htm
  • 71. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the ExamSome Important Readings Recommended by AICP Everyday Ethics for Practicing Planners*, Carol D. Barrett, FAICP*Predates latest revision of AICPCode of Ethics, but 54 real-worldscenarios are essential reading
  • 72. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the Exam Some Non-APA Resources Non-Planning Prep: http://planningprep.com/Planetizen - on linehttp://www.planetizen.com/courses/aicpSeveral on-line sites have dissolved in recent yearsBeware of sites like “passforsure” and “testking”, whichapparently do not provide credentials of “faculty”
  • 73. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Preparing for the Exam Some Non-APA Resources Non-Printable Flash Cards: http://www.flashcardmachine.com/real-estate-planning.html (by topic) http://www.flashcardmachine.com/print/?topic_id=794520 (235 cards)
  • 74. AICP Exam Preparation Overview PLAN-310: PLAN-310: Planetizen AICP Exam Preparation Course Updated for 2012 Exam Term: June 15 – December 15, 2012 Instructor: Jennifer Evans-Cowley, PhD, AICP Registration Online Course - $179.00 (as of August 15, 2012)Online Course, Plus Essential Readings in Urban Planning - $479.00 http://www.planetizen.com/courses/aicp
  • 75. AICP Exam Preparation Overview PLAN-310: PLAN-310: Planetizen AICP Exam Preparation CourseOnline Course, Plus Essential Readings in Urban Planning - $479.00 http://www.planetizen.com/courses/aicpSee list of Essential Readings (selected from among APA list): http://www.planetizen.com/essentialreadings
  • 76. AICP Exam Preparation Overview CT Chapter Professional Development OfficerJohn D. Pagini, AICP846 Silver StreetCoventry, CT 06238860-742-7056860-933-4083 (cell)pagini@charter.netwww.ccapa.org for AICP exam informationand study materials
  • 77. AICP Exam Preparation Overview CT Chapter Resources:Annual Full Day Classroom – SpringSNEAPA Exam Prep - Fall2011-12 Chapter President’s Council CD – N/CSome “Select Readings” Recommended by AICPavailable in Meriden Public LibraryAICP Exam Reduced Fee ScholarshipsAnnual Ethics Workshop at SNEAPA & CCAPA “HotTopics”
  • 78. AICP Exam Preparation Overview MA Chapter Professional Development OfficerKristin E. Kassner, AICP Senior Planner Town of Burlington Burlington, MA 01803 P: 781.270.1645 F: 781.238.4689 kekassner@gmail.comhttp://www.apa-ma.org/professional-development for AICP exam informationand study materials
  • 79. AICP Exam Preparation Overview MA Chapter Resources:2011-12 Chapter President’s Council CD for classenrollees6 week annual exam prep – March / AprilSNEAPA Exam Prep – FallAICP exam reduced fee scholarships
  • 80. AICP Exam Preparation Overview RI Chapter Professional Development OfficerNancy E. Letendre, Esq. AICP Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch, Ltd. 2 Williams Street Providence RI 02903 (401) 331-2222 nancyletendre@utrlaw.comwww.rhodeislandapa.org for professional development and AICP exam information
  • 81. AICP Exam Preparation Overview RI Chapter Resources:SNEAPA Exam Prep - FallAICP Exam Reduced Fee Scholarships - 1Circulation of copy of AICP Exam Prep 2.0 Manual &CD2011-2012 Chapter President’s Council CD (N/C)AICP Exam Prep Notes prepared by chaptermemberPeriodic RIAPA Ethics WorkshopAICP CD-ROM Training Packages/lending libraryMonthly RIAPA sponsored seminars
  • 82. AICP Exam Preparation Overview When You Pass…Look for “official” confirmationAICP dues upon passing the exam:◦ $100 - $190 (salary-based as of August, 2012)◦ APA / AICP Combined: $250-$565◦ CCAPA Chapter Dues: $52.50-$131.25◦ APA-MA Chapter Dues: $35.00◦ RIAPA Chapter Dues: $25.00 See your PDO and APA website (http://www.planning.org/cm/index.htm) about Certification Maintenance
  • 83. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Certification Maintenance (“CM”)APA’s Mandatory Certification MaintenanceProgram approved by AICP Commission onApril 13, 2007Replaces Optional Continuing ProfessionalDevelopment Certificate Program
  • 84. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Certification Maintenance (“CM”) Program Details32 CM credits of “eligible professionaldevelopment activities”Current 2-year cycle commencing January 1,2012New AICP members: January 1 followingpassage and payment of AICP duesNo minimum credits per year
  • 85. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Certification Maintenance (“CM”) Program Details (cont’d)4-month grace period to achieve creditrequirements, or lose certificationUp to 16 credits may be carried over to nextcyclePlanners must earn a minimum of 1.5 creditsin each cycle for the following:◦ Ethics◦ Current Planning Law
  • 86. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Certification Maintenance (“CM”) Program Details (cont’d)Ethics and Law credits CANNOT be carriedover to the next reporting cycle.Activities that do not qualify for CM Credit:◦ APA leadership business meetings◦ Mentoring activity◦ Volunteer activity◦ Teaching for salary, fee, or honorarium
  • 87. AICP Exam Preparation Overview Certification Maintenance (“CM”)Create a personal development plan: Attend national or regional APA conferences Attend state programs and brownbag lunches Present a CM-approved session (1 CM additional credit) Ask your favorite providers to register their courses Participate in APA distance learning activities Check out APA chapter lending libraries Seek out university courses Distance learning: through CD-ROMs, podcasts, telecasts, or other downloadable recordings
  • 88. AICP Exam Preparation OverviewGood Luck!