Welcome to the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association is an organization of people with an interest in land use, housing, transportation, environmental, economic and social planning. Among others, our membership includes citizen planners, planning commissioners and other planning officials, and professional planners within the State of Washington and elsewhere.

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About the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association

Our MissionThe Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.

Our Purpose: The purposes of the Chapter are to facilitate the individual participation of members of the American Planning Association, to conduct the affairs of the Association, and to further the purposes of the Association in the Chapter area.

Our Vision:  Ten years from now APA Washington will have increased its influence and credibility throughout the state of Washington. Through effective legislative influence and policy development, the Chapter will see that sustainable planning is in effect statewide. Accessible, affordable, and effective AICP certification maintenance training will be available to planners through a comprehensive system of seminars, webinars, and conferences. Membership will have doubled and represented the diversity of our state and our planning backgrounds. Sections will be providing more resources to members and Section Boards will be better connected to the State Chapter Board. A complete administrative and executive staff will be in place to better support all of the Chapter and Section activities.

What is Planning?

Planning is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities. Professional planners make great communities happen by working with civic leaders, businesses, and citizens to envision new possibilities and solutions to community problems.

Scholarship Availability! The Washington APA Chapter is able to offer up to three scholarships for individuals taking the AICP exam in 2021. For both traditional AICP test-takers and those pursuing the AICP Candidate route, exam fees normally would be $510 for new applicants. Scholarship winners are eligible to take the exam for $210. The 2021 AICP Exam Scholarship application form can be found here: Link to the application form The deadline for applying for the scholarship is 5:00 pm on Sunday, December 6, 2020. We will notify recipients on Monday, December 7, 2020, which will allow recipients to register for the exam in advance of the December 14, 2020 deadline. For additional information regarding the May 2021 AICP Exam Certification cycle, please visit https://www.planning.org/certification/. The Chapter will be offering its annual exam prep class sometime in February or March, so plan ahead if you are thinking of taking the exam in 2021! More information on that event will be available soon.


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Membership offers many opportunities to build and enhance your career:

  • Make a difference in public policy and your local community
  • Access APA resources and a network of local, regional, and national planners
  • Learn and share knowledge at workshops and conferences
  • Engage and mentor planning students

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