Maryland APA

The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association

Welcome to the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association's Website. Our mission is to make great communities happen in Maryland by offering continuing professional development and other valuable services to our members that will enable them to excel in their practice. We advocate for excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. We hold a bi-annual conference, produce a quarterly newsletter, offer continuous opportunities to network, and experience new and varied educational opportunities across the state.



Joining the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) through the American Planning Association (APA) is a step that planners often choose during the professional careers. The benefits, costs, and other information about becoming a certified planner is provided by APA.

Part of the application process for AICP involves an exam. To help you get ready we have provided a copy of our Preparing for the Exam guide. Please contact me, Jacqui Rouse, if you want to talk or need additional guidance .

We have created a document for the new exam format and information for applicants in 2017 here. Also APA has a webinar that you can watch entitled New AICP Certification Exam Demystified for Testers - and you can access it here.

MD-APA has two scholarships for chapter members to take the AICP exam in 2016 at the reduced cost of $145.  To apply, send a letter of interest and explanation of financial hardship (including financial hardship caused by a budget cutback in a firm or agency) to The criteria for the scholarship award are as follows: members of minorities are 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.  If you are not taking the exam until next year, you can apply then.  

Yours Truly,

Jacqui Rouse,

PDO Maryland Chapter APA

The Ohio Chapter of APA has regular webinars that are available to help AICP members earn CM credits. You may access them on their website.