Planners with extensive professional experience but do not hold an accredited planning degree can apply to become a Chartered Town Planner. All applicants must demonstrate that they have the appropriate skills and experience. An applicant for Special Entry must have:
- An academic qualification at either undergraduate or graduate level which contains a significant proportion of planning content.
- At least 10 years full-time, relevant spatial planning experience at a senior level. Five of the 10 years must be post-qualification.
Planners unable to meet the academic requirements may still apply to become a Chartered Town Planner however they must be able to demonstrate more than 10 years full time experience at a senior level (middle management with decision-making and supervisory responsibility).
How to apply
Applications for Chartered Town Planner status through the Special Entry Pathway are considered by the RTPI Membership Panel on a quarterly basis. Applicants must complete a Special Entry Application Form detailing their academic qualifications and outlining their experience. Applicants should provide an academic transcript of their qualifications to verify the planning content. Two references which verify the type and level of experience must also be submitted with the application. Further details are contained in the Special Entry Guidelines.
Closing dates for 2013 applications are:
- 17 January
- 22 February
- 12 April
- 24 May
- 12 July
- 23 August
- 11 October
There is a £200 administration fee which must accompany each application. Fees can be paid online or via cheque.
The eligibility criteria and application process for Special Entry will change in 2014.