Membership

Join the APA in the vanguard as planners lead the nation’s communities into the new century.

You can join the APA-MA when you become a member of the national APA organization, see: Join APA and APA-MA.

You’ll appreciate the many practical benefits APA membership offers including:

Planning Magazine
APA member dues include a subscription to Planning, the award-winning monthly magazine that binds our diverse membership together. Planning will keep you up to date on planning that works–successful programs, techniques, and strategies from across the nation. No other publication covers the field as completely or intelligently. Its jargon-free style, generously illustrated with maps, charts, and photographs, informs you quickly and clearly.

Chapters
When you join APA, you also join your local chapter. Chapter membership involves you in APA close to home, sharing experiences with colleagues, expanding your network, and broadening your perspective beyond your office, commission, or campus. Newsletters keep you current on local issues and “people news.” You’ll want to attend your chapter’s regular meetings as well as special workshops and conferences.

(Please note that member dues for the Massachusetts Chapter of the APA is now $35.00. Take this into account when filling out the APA Membership form. If you miss this note, the MA APA Chapter will notify you of the misunderstanding.

If you do not wish to become an APA member, but are still interested in becoming a Massachusetts Chapter Member ($35 per year), submit the online, printable application to the APA specifying MA Chapter Membership only.)

Divisions
Another way to participate with colleagues who share a special interest is by joining one of APA’s 16 divisions. Each division publishes a newsletter, organizes conference sessions, and works on other projects. Divisions are an important source of technical help to APA’s public policy program, suggesting guidelines for government programs and policies, and offering expert testimony before legislative committees. APA divisions work with other research organizations, professional groups, and government agencies on areas of mutual concern. APA members pay nominal additional dues set by each division.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
In the planning field, AICP certification is the accepted credential for professional competence and ethical practice. To become certified, a candidate must belong to APA, fulfill rigorous requirements for education and experience, pass the AICP examination, and pay additional dues. Over 10,000 APA members have made this extra commitment and joined APA’s professional institute. AICP’s Continuing Professional Development Program (CPDP) recognizes certified planners’ efforts to keep abreast of current issues in the profession.

Student Memberships
If you’re a full-time planning student, you’re eligible to join APA at reduced cost. APA membership is the best way to establish a solid professional foundation at the very beginning of your career. Three times a year, you’ll receive The New Planner, a newsletter written by and for planning students. Chapter meetings and other functions foster networking and learning about planning in the real world. You’ll find those contacts helpful in landing your first job.

Planning Official Memberships
Planning officials can also join at a special reduced rate and receive enhanced services. All planning official members receive The Commissioner, a quarterly newsletter, as well as notices of customized training programs. Through APA-sponsored audio conferences, publications, and chapter meetings, you’ll learn about planning and meet fellow commissioners and planning practitioners. At our annual national conference, plan to attend sessions tailored to the needs of new and experienced planning officials.

APA Journal
Subscriptions to the quarterly Journal of the American Planning Association are discounted for APA members. More than an academic journal, APA Journal links research to application in articles and special sections written with the planning practitioner in mind. Articles analyze planning techniques and programs, anticipate problems, suggest solutions, and speculate about new directions for the field. APA Journal reviews over 100 books each year and list hundreds of new planning titles in each issue.

National Planning Conference
As an APA member, you receive a substantial discount on the registration fee for planning’s premier event — APA’s annual national conference. Meet planners from across the country, renew friendships, exchange information, and explore the hottest planning issues, problems, and solutions. Participate in mobile workshops that examine local planning activities and explore the entire host city as a planning laboratory.

Planners Book Service
APA members receive discounts on many titles offered by APA’s mail-order Planners Book Service. No matter what your area of interest, look to Planners Book Service for relevant and helpful publications. Planners Book Service offers almost 900 books, monographs, video and audio tapes, and software titles published by APA Planners Press and more than 100 other publishers. Many items aren’t available anywhere else. Our book list is so extensive that libraries use our catalog as their standard acquisitions guide.

Job Services
APA offers an array of services to help you find the job you want. Members may subscribe to JobMart at a substantial discount. In 22 issues each year, JobMart lists more than 600 ads for public- and private-sector positions in a variety of planning related professions. Most jobs aren’t listed anywhere else.

Our newest service, Jobs Online, is accessible through our Web site at www.planning.org. Updated daily, it includes jobs that might not appear in JobMart. The Jobs Online database is searchable by location, job title, salary range, job description, and agency.

Only APA members may participate in the four-day Job Market held every year at the national planning conference. Job Market is your one-stop opportunity to interview face-to-face with motivated employers from all over the country.

Insurance
APA offers an insurance program for members that is underwritten by industry leaders and includes short-term and comprehensive major medical, group term life, and disability insurance. Coverage is available to APA members and their families.

APA Tells the Planning Story
Your membership also supports APA’s efforts to educate the general public about the widespread benefits of planning. Thanks to APA’s awards, public information, and public policy programs, policy makers and ordinary citizens recognize good planning and heed planners’ voices.