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Gaining accreditation

RTPI accreditation policy

The RTPI accredits Planning Schools at universities within the UK, Ireland and internationally that meet 5 core criteria on quality. We assess the ability and effectiveness of the Planning School to deliver a planning programme that includes spatial and specialist teaching.

The RTPI will consider proposals from institutions within the United Kingdom and Ireland seeking accredited planning school status on a case by case basis. It is important that pre-existing schools remain effective and viable.

International accreditation will be supported within the Institute's capacity to support International Planning Schools.

The required standards for learning and teaching of planning are currently set out in the RTPI Policy Statement on Initial Planning Education.

(Please note that chapter 4 in the Policy Statement has been superceded by the 5 core criteria on quality).

The accreditation process

Accreditation prepares graduates for the Licentiate stage of requirements for Chartered Membership of the RTPI.

Therefore courses must demonstrate the specific learning outcomes found in Chapters 6 and 7 of the RTPI Policy Statement.  For UK and Ireland, additional guidance has been adopted.

Stages of accreditation

  • Stage 2 - Dialogue.  A Chartered Town Planner is appointed to advise the university on its application
  • Stage 3 - Accreditation. The accreditation visit takes place after submission of a formal application
  • Stage 4 - Partnership Status. A partnership board is set up so annual quality assurance meetings can occur

Universities wishing to make an initial approach regarding RTPI accreditation must review the RTPI policy statement, procedural guidance and expression of interest form.

Key documents

RTPI Policy Statement on Initial Planning Education

5 core criteria on quality (replacing chapter 4 in above Policy Statement)

Procedural guidance

Stage 1 Expression of Interest form