To become a Chartered Town Planner, a professional must have a degree in planning and/or have a number of years experience in spatial planning. Chartered Town Planners must adhere to a code of conduct that specifies standards of professional ethics.
Employers recognise the high quality of skills and experience that are held by Chartered Town Planners. They know that they can rely upon the designation as a sign of professionalism.
"I am very proud to be a member of the RTPI and to promote the planning profession." Iram Mohammed, Planning Consultant, Atkins Ltd, Glasgow
All Chartered Town Planners are required to maintain a level of professional development throughout their career thus ensuring they remain at the forefront of new developments, legislative changes and the latest knowledge in planning.
How to become a Chartered Town Planner
There are a number of ways to achieve Chartered Town Planner status depending on your education and experience.
All graduates with an accredited RTPI degree must apply through the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) route.
Associate members of the RTPI who wish to apply to become a Chartered Town Planner can apply though the Assessment of Professional Competence Associate (APC-A) pathway.
Planners who do not have an accredited degree but who hold another degree and have over 10 years experience at a senior level should apply through Special Entry Pathway.
The RTPI has a Reciprocal Pathway in place for chartered or full members of the following professional bodies to become RTPI members:
- Canadian Institute of Planners
- New Zealand Planning Institute
- Planning Institute of Australia.
Qualified planners from EU Member states can also apply for Chartered Town Planner status. Planners will need to undertake an initial assessment of their academic qualifications and practical experience as part of the EU Pathway.