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Student planners sign on for more at RTPI

11 January 2019

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has announced a significant increase in the number of students remaining as members after completing their degrees.

366 members, about 55% of which were female, converted directly from Student membership to Licentiate membership in 2018. This overall conversion rate of 45% is a 55% increase in conversion compared to 2017.

There was also a surge in popularity for the Institute’s new non-accredited routes to membership with a year-on-year increase in applications of 19.26%.

RTPI President John Acres MRTPI said: “It’s great that so many students are engaged with our work and particularly pleasing that over half of those students converting to Licentiate membership are female.

“By focusing on planners at an early stage of their careers, we hope to grow the pipeline of planners, which is vital to ensure a sustainable future not only for the Institute but for the wider profession. A strong and diverse workforce of Chartered planners is essential to enable the public and private sectors to deliver on the challenges our country faces in the future.

“The popularity of our non-accredited routes to membership is further good news for the RTPI. Streamlining our routes to Chartered membership has made them more accessible, and allowed us to welcome talented, experienced practitioners working in related disciplines.”

The RTPI – the largest professional body for town planners in the UK and Europe – represents members in over 80 countries worldwide and supports them throughout their careers.

The Institute has been shaping planning policy and raising professional standards for over 100 years and is the only body in the UK to confer Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification.

After welcoming its 25,000th member last year, overall membership of the Institute remains at more than 25,000. This figure includes 14,971 chartered Members and more than 10,000 Non-Chartered members.

Non-accredited routes to membership were launched in June 2016 with the first intake in January 2017. Their introduction was part of an effort to open up more flexible, competency-based routes to Chartered Membership to better reflect the different ways people come into the planning profession.


The RTPI provides a wide range of careers advice and guidance, support in gaining chartered status, events, conferences, awards, networking opportunities, the latest policy and research and more – a full list of member benefits is available here.

Join the Royal Town Planning Institute today.