Routes to Chartered Town Planners to be streamlined

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the UK’s largest professional body for planners has announced that it is streamlining the ways that professionals can achieve Chartered Membership.

From January 2017 onwards, the requirements to become a Chartered Member – MRTPI – for those who do not follow the accredited Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) route (used by graduates of RTPI-accredited planning schools), will be changing to competency-based routes.

The current routes for planning professionals who did not obtain a degree from an RTPI accredited planning school will be replaced with the new Experienced Practitioner APC (EP-APC) route and the Associate APC (A-APC) route. These two routes will be competency based and will be modelled on the existing accredited APC route which has been rigorously developed to ensure the highest professional standards.

Janet Askew, President of the RTPI, said:

“The planning profession is changing and diversifying. Careers are no longer built along a classic route or in one sector, and there are many possibilities of entering the profession from different backgrounds. Apprenticeships or work experience schemes are also opening up new routes into a career in planning and these offer excellent opportunities especially for younger people.

“By streamlining the routes to Chartered Membership and introducing a clearer structure we are reflecting the changes in the profession to ensure as many interested, eligible and talented people are attracted to join us and develop their careers as Chartered Members.”

“At the same time, we are introducing a competency-based approach across the board to enable practitioners from different academic backgrounds and experience to demonstrate the high standards required.”

Chartered Membership is the most highly valued professional status for planners. It demonstrates to clients, peers, the public and employers around the world that Chartered Members work to the highest professional and ethical standards.

The RTPI is also re-designing its membership structure to ensure existing Technical Members have a clear route to achieve Chartered status.
The Affiliate class will also be broadened to welcome more members, including those working in planning who are waiting to gather the experience they need to progress to another class.

Full details of the new Routes to Membership will be launched on 28th June 2016 at the RTPI Planning Convention and the switch over to the new membership routes will be from January 2017. Until then new members are still able to join RTPI through the current routes.
Applications through the existing Reciprocal Arrangements and EU Pathway routes will close on 10 June 2016 and the Special Entry route will close on 26 October 2016.