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Why become an Associate?

Becoming an Associate of the RTPI gives you professional recognition. It demonstrates that you have achieved a certain level of knowledge, understanding and competence in your chosen spatial planning field. Associate membership also provides a pathway to progress towards becoming a Chartered Town Planner.


Associates have access to RTPI member benefits and services.

Successful candidates are able to use the post-nominals AssocRTPI to denote their status. They must not describe themselves as Chartered Town Planners.

How to become an Associate



Revised membership guidance - coming soon

The RTPI is launching revised membership guidance in June 2019, which will become applicable to new candidates applying from January 2020. Those submitting their application in 2019 will not be affected. Eligibility and experience requirements will not be changing. Find out more.

Guidance and resources

Guide to the Associate 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:


There is a £90 administration fee to process your initial application. If you are required to resubmit, there is an additional charge of £20 per section (maximum 3 sections). There is also an annual subscription fee. Fees can be paid online or via cheque.

Submission dates

Dates for Associate membership applications are on the submission dates page.

Progression to Chartered Town Planner from Associate

The RTPI has developed a structured, progressive route from Associate to Chartered membership. The route will provide greater support and ensure that the same degree of rigorous assessment is applied to all candidates for Chartered membership.

For Associates who want to become Chartered Town Planners: Associate Assessment of Professional Competence.

Appeal Procedure

Candidates applying for Associate 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.