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Tell AICP To Charge Fair Fees For Continuing Education Providers

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We, the undersigned, request that the leadership of the American Planning Association (APA) and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) revise the structure of the its newly adopted AICP Certification Maintenance program so that it treat s all continuing education providers fairly and fosters a diverse array of learning opportunities for its members. We support the goals of Certification Maintenance and want to make it fairer for everyone involved. To this end, we propose that the AICP Commission adopt the following policies. 1. AICP must charge Certification Maintenance fees to programs, not individual courses. A program should be defined as a set of courses similar in subject matter or course delivery. This is what the AIA already does so we recommend that APA/AICP embrace this fair, equitable, and proven approach. 2. AICP needs to treat all approved continuing education providers equally in terms of promotion, access to resources, and customer service. 3. AICP must review and decide on applications for CM approval by providers within two weeks of receipt of the applications. 4. These changes need to be retroactive to September 2007. Any overpayments made by continuing education providers (under the new calculations) must be returned to them in the form of credits or refunds. 5. All APA/AICP staff involved in reviewing or judging applications for program accreditation need to be identified publicly by APA/AICP on its website.


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