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Licentiate APC

The Licentiate Assessment of Professional Competence (L-APC) is the main route to becoming a Chartered Town Planner for graduates who completed a fully RTPI accredited degree in or after 2005.

The L-APC combines this degree with a minimum of 24 months' professional planning experience. Before applying for the L-APC, a graduate must be a Licentiate of the RTPI for a minimum of 12 months.

How to apply

Licentiates must prepare a written submission demonstrating their experience and how they have developed their competence. There are three parts to the submission:

  • Practical Experience Statement
  • Professional Competence Statement
  • Professional Development Plan

On this page L-APC candidates can download the guidance, application forms, templates and other useful information they need to put together a successful submission. Candidates will also want to refer to the submission dates.


There is a £230 assessment fee payable at the time of application. If you are required to resubmit, there is an additional charge of £30 per section (maximum 3 sections). Fees can be paid online or by cheque.


Guide to L-APC requirements and application process:


Application forms:

IMPORTANT: Due to EU regulations which came into force in May 2018, the Data Protection Statement on the above forms MUST be completed or your application cannot be processed. If a corroborator has sent you a letter or email they MUST copy the Data Protection Statement into their letter / email.

Advice notes/resources:


Appeal Procedure

Candidates applying for Chartered membership, who have resubmitted their application at least once, have the right to appeal against the outcome of their assessment. An appeal must be submitted in accordance with the Membership Appeal Procedure.