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Gaining accreditation

RTPI accreditation policy

The RTPI accredits Planning Schools at universities within the UK, Ireland and internationally.

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

The accreditation process

Accreditation is a rigorous assessment by which the Institute approves courses that meet the Licentiate stage of requirements for Chartered Membership of the RTPI.

It assesses the ability and effectiveness of the Planning School to deliver a planning programme that includes spatial and specialist teaching.

All accredited planning courses must demonstrate how a student of the course, on exiting with the qualification, is able to demonstrate a set of specific learning outcomes found in Chapters 6 and 7 of the RTPI Policy Statement.  For UK and Ireland, additional guidance has been adopted for consideration by the Institute at any initial approach for accreditation.

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.  Once accredited, the University forms a Partnership Board with the Institute.

Key documents

RTPI Policy Statement on Initial Planning Education

Procedural guidance

Stage 1 Expression of Interest form