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Advancing your career

What should you do after completing your degree

After completing a planning degree you should progress your membership and start working towards becoming a Chartered Town Planner. The guidance below shows the different routes to Chartered membership.

Why become a Chartered Town Planner

In becoming a Chartered Member of the RTPI having 'MRTPI' after your name gives you a mark of professional recognition. Chartered status is:

  • The hallmark of professional expertise and integrity
  • Recognition of your high quality skills and experience
  • An achievement that is recognised around the world
  • A way to increase your employability and advance your career

There are other benefits to becoming a Chartered Town Planner

How to become a Chartered Town Planner

The first thing you should check is the accreditation status of your course/s.

All routes

Fully RTPI accredited degree

If you have completed either a 'combined' course or have done the 'spatial' and 'specialist' accredited courses separately then you should join as a Licentiate.

The APC resources are available for you to use - don't forget to keep your log book up to date recording your professional experience. Young Planners have shared their top tips to a successful L-APC submission here.

Spatial planning degree (part accredited)

If you have studied a degree that is accredited as a spatial or specialist course then you have two options;

Option 1: Complete another RTPI accredited course (if you have a spatial qualification then complete a specialist course. If you have a specialist qualification complete a spatial course). You would then have a fully accredited degree and should join as a Licentiate to follow the L-APC route to membership.

Option 2: Gain a minimum of 2 years of experience and join as an Associate.

Support throughout your career

You will continue to learn and deepen your understanding of planning throughout your career, perhaps developing knowledge of a specialist area of planning. The RTPI supports a number of special interest networks and groups which you may be interested in joining.

We will continue to support you throughout your career, whether that is making the most of RTPI membership, providing career development support if you want to establish your own company or ensure you continue learning throughout your professional career as a planner. You'll find the information about activities taking place in your region on our website so make sure you have a look at the events calendar.