Below are a list of resources students can use to further prepare for the professional planning world during their time in school. If you are aware of any additional resources, please contact the Chapter Office to discuss adding it to the list.
There are several programs at planning schools around Florida offering mentoring services to current planning students. Mentor A Planning Student (MAPS) was launched in 2012 as a way to help students in graduate level planning programs gain a greater understanding of planning as a profession.
The goals of MAPS are:
- to expose students to the actual work environments, responsibilities and interactions of professional planning positions in Florida
- to bring students into a mentor relationship with a practicing public or private sector planner in their region;
- to help planning students begin to develop their professional career networks;
- further facilitate the relationship between university planning programs, APA Florida, sections and planning professionals
MAPS is not intended to be an internship program – rather it is a mentoring program which pairs an experience planner with a first year planning student. The structure for each mentoring experience is flexible.
Mentoring programs are offered at Florida State University through the Capital Area Section, at the University of South Florida through the Sun Coast Section, and at Florida Atlantic University through the Broward and Treasure Coast Sections.
APA Florida Emerging Planners Group
The Emerging Planners Group includes young planners getting started with their professional planning careers. If you are looking to connect with the new planners in your section, head over to the Emerging Planners Group page to see the group's current events and the EPG Ambassador for your section.
AICP Certification and Preparation
One of the most important things you can do with your career is to get certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners. This certification opens the door to many benefits throughout your career, and is often considered one of the next steps once securing employment.
Fortunately, the AICP Candidate Pilot program lets you get started early on getting certified. The following documents provide information on getting started, such as acquiring CM credits and when to take the AICP exam.
Here in Florida, many sections offer AICP Exam courses. Check with your local section to see what they are currently offering.
Additionally, in the Treasure Coast Section, Susan Coughanour, FAICP, and Henry Bittaker, FAICP, run AICP Study Group sessions. These sessions are webcast live using GoToWebinar and the webcasts and other extensive study materials are made available on a ftp site. Please contact Henry Bittaker at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to obtain a password and instructions on how to access the free ftp site. The Treasure Coast Section also maintains the Treasure Coast Study links that are updated. Click here to download.