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Please get involved in a review of the Institute’s accreditation policies and procedures by filling in this form about your views and reflections on planning education and skills in planning practice.  Results will directly inform this project to update learning outcomes and broaden access into the profession.

A review of the RTPI’s degree accreditation procedure is appropriate to ensure that it remains fit-for-purpose.  This is because the context for initial planning education, the profession at large and the Institute has changed significantly since 2003 when the current principles of accreditation were adopted. The RTPI's Corporate Strategy programme sets the context and scope for this project, with the Education & Lifelong Learning Committee making recommendations on a new Accreditation Policy Statement to the RTPI Board of Trustees in due course.

Undertake a detailed review [Education For Everyone] to broaden access to the pathways into chartered membership, to reach out to attract diverse talent, which will include reviewing the time taken, the delivery mechanisms and the content of courses.  Review the existing model of entry and learning outcome requirements for accredited Planning Schools to ensure it fits our new, more inclusive and reactive model, seeking to accredit further Planning Schools that support delivery of our vision and mission.  Corporate Strategy 2020-30, page 23

We wish to retain the strong principles for initial planning education of academic quality and preparing graduates for planning practice, while supporting expansion of course delivery and numbers of students studying, and completing, a planning degree.  The review is therefore focused on the professional standards and core learning outcomes for initial planning education, and is not looking at the subsequent post-qualification Licentiate process nor the assessment of professional competence to become a Chartered Town Planner.  That said, removing unintended barriers to the development of professional planners, for universities and employers, is a key aim and this review will look at options to expand fully accredited and specialist planning at three-year undergraduate level, alongside the current master’s level.

An independent advisor, PARN (Professional Associations Research Network) has been appointed to support us in undertaking this ‘task and finish’ project.   Transitional arrangements will be considered throughout as well as consulting with existing higher education partners: Accredited Planning Schools.

If you wish to provide the Institute with views and reflections on planning education and skills, please do so via this feedback form.