Professional Development

Message from APA-MA’s Professional Development Officer (PDO)


In September of 2015, I was elected the Professional Development Officer (PDO) for the American Planning Association – Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA). There are several responsibilities of this “eminent” position that may be of interest to some or all of you. They include overseeing aspects of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the AICP exam, and AICP membership.

Certification Maintenance: I am the contact person on certification maintenance (CM) credits and ensuring individual members’ meet the requirements of CM. Your first step should always be to go to your personal account profile on the APA website to check your status and log new credits. However, if you have issues and questions you can contact me.

Programs Qualifying for CM Credits: If you are planning a program or sponsoring a program that you would like to have eligible for CM credits, you can contact me regarding the procedures for co-sponsorship by APA-MA and vetting of program eligibility.

AICP Applications and Testing: If you are planning to take the AICP exam in May or November, you should notify me of your interest so I can make sure you in turn are notified about resources and opportunities for preparing for the test.

AICP Testing Scholarships: Taking the AICP test can be expensive. APA now offers scholarships to members who may be hesitant to take the test based on the cost. If you are interested in one of the two scholarships available in Massachusetts, please contact me at your earliest opportunity at the email or phone numbers below so I can provide you with the guidelines.

Test Preparation Course: Massachusetts offers an annual exam preparation class in the spring. Please let me know if you would be interested.

I look forward to working with all of you on these matters on an ongoing basis.

Darlene Wynne, AICP
City of Beverly
Assistant Planning Director
Beverly City Hall
191 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915