For the May 2021 exam, APA is instituting a new cost structure and bifurcated application process for the exam.  This only affects regular test takers; the Candidate application process remains unchanged.  Planners for the regular exam now have the option to either submit only their education and work experience  prior to taking the exam, or submit both their education/work experience and three required essays prior to taking the exam.  The exam costs reflect these options, and actually taking the exam now costs less for those planners that end up taking the exam multiple times.  Those planners that pass the exam, but did not submit their required essays, will need to submit those essays in the next exam cycle, and have them approved, prior to using the AICP certification.  The application process for the May 2021 exam opens Jan. 5, 2021.

May 2021 AICP Certification Cycle Dates

Application Dates

  • Application window opens:  Jan. 5, 2021, 9 am CT
  • Application deadline for those intending to submit essays:  Jan. 19, 2021, 3 pm CT
  • Final application deadline:  April 2, 2021, 3 pm CT

Exam Dates

  • Exam registration opens:  Jan. 5, 2021, 9 am CT
  • Exam registration & transfer deadline:   April 30, 2021, 3 pm CT
  • Testing window:  May 1 – May 25, 2021

Essay Dates

  • Expedited essay review window opens:  Feb. 9, 2021,9 am CT
  • Expedited essay review window closes:  Feb.16, 2021, 3 pm CT
  • Regular essay window opens:  Feb. 16, 2021, 3 pm CT
  • Regular essay window closes:  Feb. 23, 2021, 3 pm CT

May 2021 AICP Certification Cycle Fees*

Application fee:  $70
Planning experience essay fee: $220
Expedited essay review:  $290
AICP Exam registration fee: $220
AICP Exam transfer fee: $100
Planning Experience essay appeal fee: $100
*All fees are non-refundable


The Treasure Coast AICP Study Group begins Jan. 14 and will run until May.  Planners wishing to participate need to contact Henry Bittaker at and provide their APA member number.  Sessions will be provided LIVE via GoToWebinar and will be recorded.  Session recordings and many other study materials, including practice exams, are available to APA members from a ftp site run by the Chapter.

Treasure Coast AICP FTP Site & AICP Exam Study Links

Susan Coughanour, FAICP, and Henry Bittaker, AICP, run AICP STUDY GROUP sessions for the Treasure Coast Section.  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 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 the pdf.