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Membership for academics

Membership for academics diagram


Join as an Associate

If you're a PhD student, or early career researcher or lecturer, with a minimum of 2 years' experience, you may be eligible to become an Associate of the RTPI. You will then have the opportunity to progress from Associate, a partial professional qualification, to Chartered membership through the Associate Assessment of Professional Competence (A-APC).

"Having obtained my planning qualifications in Canada, Associate membership provided me with the opportunity to quickly immerse myself in UK planning practice as well as develop networks within the profession. As an academic, it opened the door to a range of interdisciplinary spatial planning teaching and research."

Dr Brian Webb, Lecturer in Spatial Planning, Cardiff University

Join as a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI)

If you're a senior researcher or lecturer, or an academic leader, with a minimum of 5 years' experience you may be eligible to apply directly for Chartered membership through the Experienced Practitioner Assessment of Professional Competence (EP-APC).  Be recognised by your peers at the gold standard for all practitioners working or teaching planning.

"As an academic, Chartered membership provides me with the opportunity to remain fully grounded in the profession. It provides me with the ability to network with a wide range of members, both in practice and in academia, and to remain at the forefront of thought and debate."

Ruth Richards MRTPI, Director of Education and Student Experience, School of Law and Social Sciences, London South Bank University

Reasons to join