American Planning Association

The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities for all by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and resident empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to ethically meet the challenges of growth and change.

For resources that are specific to students visit these areas of the APA website

AICP Certification

AICP Certification is the only nationwide, independent verification of planners’ qualifications. Earn the AICP Certification and colleagues and employers will know that you have the academic qualifications, relevant work experience, and mastery of essential skills required to serve your community effectively.


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Become a Planner

West Virginia has planning and planning adjacent programs at various higher learning institutes including, but not limited to:

West Virginia University - Environ. and Community Planning

Fairmont State - Communication - Government Concentration

Davis and Elkins -Sustainability Studies

Alderson Broaddus University - Natural Resource Management

Glenville State - Energy and Land Management

West Liberty University - Geography and Planning

Additionally APA National has a list of Planning Accreditation Board accredited programs which meet APA's agreed-upon standards for planning education.