The Assessment of Professional Competence combines a minimum of two years professional experience with an RTPI accredited degree.This ensures graduate planners achieve, and can demonstrate, a professional level of learning and competency outcomes.
Before applying for the APC, a graduate must be a Licentiate Member of the RTPI for a minimum of one year.
"The APC encourages planners to consider the wider context of planning beyond their own role" Grahame Bloomfield, Senior Planner at Bidwells LLP
New APC Application form
Effective from Round 3, 26 July 2013, candidates will be required to complete a new Application Form and a Personal Details and Payment Form. These forms replace the previous Application Form and Cover Sheet. Please ensure that you are using the correct form.
How to apply
To apply to become a Chartered Town Planner, a Licentiate must prepare a 5000 word submission demonstrating their experience as a planner and how they have developed their competency.
There are three parts to the submission. Each part has equal weight. These are:
- Practical Experience Statement. This details the Licentiate members experience.
- Professional Competence Statement. One or two case studies that demonstrate the Licentiate members competence against a set of criteria.
- Professional Development Plan. This sets out the Licentiate members strategies to improve their knowledge and skills in the future.
The RTPI guidelines, Preparing your APC submission 2013, provide detailed instructions on how to complete the APC. The guidelines are updated every three months to provide uptodate support to candidates. Licentiate members should ensure they have access the most recent guidelines.
APC applications are accessed by experienced Chartered Town Planners from all areas of the profession and across the UK.
Applications are accepted four times, and should be emailed to email@example.com. Applications are accepted up to midnight on the closing date. The next submission dates are:
- 26 April 2013
- 26 July 2013
- 25 October 2013
Resumbissions are accepted on different dates from first time submissions. As submissions are made by email and the turnaround time for resubmissions is relatively short, the closing date for resubmissions will be midnight on Sunday. The next resubmission dates are:
- 7 April 2013
- 7 July 2013
- 6 October 2013
- 5 January 2013
Results are posted to applicants by the results date for each round (approximately 8 weeks from submission).
The results dates for first round submissions are:
- 18 June 2013
- 17 September 2013
- 19 December 2013
The results dates for resubmissions are:
- 30 April 2013
- 30 July 2013
- 29 October 2013
- 28 January 2013
The RTPI cannot provide results in advance of the results dates.
There is a £230 assessment fee payable at the time of application. Fees can be paid online or by cheque.