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Licentiate APC

The Licentiate Assessment of Professional Competence (L-APC) is the main route to becoming a Chartered Town Planner for graduates who completed a fully RTPI accredited degree in or after 2005.

The L-APC combines this degree with a minimum of 24 months' professional planning experience. Before applying for the L-APC, a graduate must be a Licentiate of the RTPI for a minimum of 12 months.

How to apply

Licentiates must prepare a written submission demonstrating their experience and how they have developed their competence. There are three parts to the submission:

  • Practical Experience Statement
  • Professional Competence Statement
  • Professional Development Plan

On this page L-APC candidates can download the guidance, application forms, templates and other useful information they need to put together a successful submission. Candidates will also want to refer to the submission dates.


There is a £230 assessment fee payable at the time of application. If you are required to resubmit, there is an additional charge of £30 per section (maximum 3 sections). Fees can be paid online or by cheque.


Please note that the L-APC Guidance (updated March 2015) now applies to all first time submissions. For further information about the guidance please see our FAQs and a podcast interview with Martine Koch, Head of Membership.

1) L-APC Guidance (updated March 2015) - for all first time submissions

2) 2014 L-APC Guidance - only for candidates who made a first time submission before November 2015 and are resubmitting

3) L-APC Resources - applicable to all submissions


Application forms:

Advice notes/resources:


Appeal Procedure

Candidates applying for Chartered 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.