This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best possible experience. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with this. You can find out more about how we use cookies here. If you would like to know more about cookies, or how you can delete them, click here.

Routes to Membership

The RTPI's non-accredited routes to membership are changing. These are the routes to becoming a Chartered Member taken by those who do not have a fully RTPI-accredited degree. Listen to our podcast about the changes.

During 2016 some existing routes will be closing, with new routes coming in from January 2017. There will also be changes to the Technical Member class. The key changes are summarised below.

During 2016 we will be producing guidance and detailed information about the new or modified routes.

What is changing?

  • The Special Entry, Reciprocal Arrangements and EU Pathway routes to Chartered Membership will close during 2016. They will be replaced with a new Experienced Practitioner Assessment of Professional Competence (EP-APC) route from January 2017.
  • The existing Associate Assessment of Professional Competence (A-APC) route to Chartered Membership will remain but is being modified, so that there is consistency between the A-APC and EP-APC routes. The modified route will be in place from January 2017.
  • New competencies will be in place from January 2017 for those applying to become an Associate, as well as those applying through the EP-APC and A-APC routes. Guidance will be published and new routes formally launched later in 2016.
  • Updated experience requirements will be in place from January 2017 including options for those undertaking the new Town Planning Technical Support Apprenticeship and for those without a degree or other qualification (who will be able to use their additional experience to demonstrate how they meet the required standards).
  • The Technical Member class will close at the end of 2016, with future candidates applying for the Associate class from January 2017 onwards.


Please see our Routes to Membership FAQs for answers to questions you may have about the changes.

Background to the changes

The RTPI has been reviewing its routes to membership in order to:

  • Provide greater clarity to potential members on the different routes to becoming a member.
  • Design routes to membership which are flexible, and which will work both now and in the future to bring in new members.
  • Provide an appropriate membership class for those who do not yet meet the requirements for Associate Membership (for example, they do not have the relevant years of experience) so that they can engage with and become involved in the Institute immediately.
  • Ensure routes to membership work for members and potential members throughout the world.

The changes set out above have been developed as part of phase 2 of the RTPI's Routes to Membership project: a review of the four non-accredited routes to Chartered Membership and other membership classes. This follows on from phase 1, the review of the Licentiate Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), which is now being implemented. Further information about phase 2 is below.

Member consultation: July-September 2015

From July-September 2015 we consulted with members on draft proposals for a new membership routes structure. We consulted with RTPI committees, panels, regions and nations and other groups including NAPE (the RTPI Enforcement Network) and Young Planners. We also consulted individually with Legal Associates and Technical Members.

We were very pleased with the level of interest shown in the consultation. Responses from the member consultation were fed back to the Routes to Membership Project working group, who reviewed proposals in light of member views and reported back to the Membership and Ethics Committee in September 2015.

Board of Trustees and General Assembly: October-November 2015

The next step was for the Board of Trustees to agree in September 2015 any proposals to be debated by the RTPI's General Assembly (GA) at its October 2015 meeting. After this, the Board held further discussions on the proposals in November.

Contact details

If you would like to know more about the Routes to Membership project please contact Catherine Middleton, Routes to Membership Project Manager, or phone 020 7929 8331.

If you would like to discuss your membership options (for example, for progressing to another membership class), please contact the Membership Team or phone 020 7929 9494.