Designing communities for the future requires a careful consideration of a wide range of environmental factors. As the scope of our impact on their natural world becomes increasingly clear, specialized planning expertise is required to ensure all people continue to enjoy healthy, livable spaces.
The American Institute of Certified Plannersâ€™ (AICP) Certified Environmental Planner (CEP) credential was designed specifically to address this need. CEP certification is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated in-depth knowledge, experience and leadership skills in all aspects of environmental planning. Professionals who achieve CEP certification will be better positioned to manage risk and advance their careers in this in-demand field.
Becoming CEP Certified
CEP certification is open to all AICP members with at least eight years of experience in environmental planning. In order to sit for the exam, you must first complete three essay questions to demonstrate your experience and expertise. The exam itself is held several times a year and covers the following topics:
- Natural Systems Analytic Framework
- Integrating Environmental Planning into Community / Comprehensive Planning
- Performance Measurement
- Environmental Planning Practices
Planners who successfully complete the exam earn the right to use the CEP designation on all official correspondence for a period of two years.
Keeping Your Certification Valid
In order to remain a CEP-certified member of the AICP, planners are required to complete 32 credit hours of continuing education training every two-year renewal period. This can be earned through any combination of approved live or self-study training, although a minimum of 1.5 credits must cover a topic related to professional ethics.
AICP CEP Courses
Lorman Education Services offers several convenient ways to earn CEP credits online. Our training programs include both live webinars and OnDemand content, such as previously recorded slide show presentations and eBooks.
Live webinar training is a great way to learn directly from our expert faculty â€” without having to travel or take extended time away from your professional responsibilities. Our OnDemand self-study options, on the other hand, give you greater freedom to earn CEP credits online at your own pace.
Browse Our Catalogue Online
In addition to being accessible and convenient, our CEP courses are designed to offer benefits to planners at any stage of their careers. If youâ€™re not yet CEP certified, our programs can help you prepare to sit for the exam. If youâ€™re already certified, our classes can help you meet your training requirements while keeping your skills current.
We host dozens of webinars every month and are constantly adding new programming to our OnDemand archive.
Some courses that may be of interest to environmental planners include:
- The Rising Cost of Commuting: Developing a Transportation Benefits Plan
- Developing Sustainable Decentralized Wastewater Systems
- Unique Challenges With Condominium Development in Urban Areas
And more! Browse our full catalogue and upcoming events calendar by following the links on this page. Ready to start earning CEP credits online? For the best value in professional education, choose a Lorman Education Services All-Access Pass. For an annual fee of $699, you can take an unlimited number of CEP courses and other training programs. Contact our customer response team directly for details.