Why become an Associate?
Becoming an Associate of the RTPI gives you professional recognition. It demonstrates that you have achieved a certain level of knowledge, understanding and competence in your chosen spatial planning field. Associate membership also provides a pathway to progress towards becoming a Chartered Town Planner.
Associates have access to RTPI member benefits and services.
Successful candidates are able to use the post-nominals AssocRTPI to denote their status. They must not describe themselves as Chartered Town Planners.
How to become an Associate
Guidance and resources
Guide to the Associate requirements and application process
There is a £90 administration fee to process your initial application. If you are required to resubmit, there is an additional charge of £20 per section (maximum 3 sections). There is also an annual subscription fee. Fees can be paid online or via cheque.
Dates for Associate membership applications are on the submission dates page.
Progression to Chartered Town Planner from Associate
The RTPI has developed a structured, progressive route from Associate to Chartered membership. The route will provide greater support and ensure that the same degree of rigorous assessment is applied to all candidates for Chartered membership.
For Associates who want to become Chartered Town Planners: Associate Assessment of Professional Competence.
Candidates applying for Associate membership, who have resubmitted their application at least once, have the right to appeal against the outcome of their assessment. An appeal must be submitted in accordance with the Membership Appeal Procedure.