Community Planner

OCCUPATION INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW:

 

Who is the licensing body responsible for Community Planners in Alberta?

In Alberta, to call yourself a Registered Professional Planner (RPP), you must be a registered member of the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Registered Professional Planner.

What are the registration requirements for internationally educated Community Planners?

Internationally educated Professional Planners who want to be registered in Alberta and who are from countries where the Professional Standards Board (PSB) has reciprocity agreements (United States, United Kingdom and Australia) must 

1. Be employed in a planning position 

2. Hold full, professional certified membership or equivalent in a foreign professional planning organization with which the PSB hold a formal reciprocal membership agreement. For a list of these organizations, visit the Reciprocal Professional Membership Route (for Foreign Professionals) section of the PSB website. 

3. Apply to the PSB 

4. Apply to the APPI for Candidate membership 

5. Log the equivalent of one year of responsible professional planning experience 

6. Complete a mentorship lasting at least a year 


8. Write and pass the Professional Exam


Internationally educated Professional Planners who want to be registered in Alberta and who are not from countries where the PSB hold reciprocity agreements must 

1. Be employed in a planning position 

2. Hold a university degree 

3. Have a minimum of five years of experience 


5. Apply to the APPI for Candidate membership 

6. Submit a PLAR portfolio 


8. Complete a mentorship lasting at least a year 

9. Write and pass the Professional Exam 


For more information on the registration requirements for internationally educated applicants, visit the Membership page on the PSB website.

What are the educational requirements for Professional Planners in Alberta?

Note: Licensing bodies compare international education and experience to Canadian standards. 

In Alberta, the following post-secondary institutions offer a two-year graduate program in planning: 

University of Calgary in Calgary 


In Alberta, the following post-secondary institutions offer a four-year undergraduate program in planning: 

University of Alberta in Edmonton

What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

There are no formal English requirements for Community Planners; however, Community Planners must have a high level of English in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in order to be successful in the profession. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What supports are available to support internationally educated professionals to integrate into the Canadian labour force?

Directions for Immigrants offers Clear Communications for Business to help you integrate into the Canadian work force. Topics include Active Listening, Assertiveness, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving and Teamwork. Visit the Job Success Groups on the Study Groups page for more information on this service and eligibility criteria.

What resources are available for Community Planners in Alberta?

Alberta Professional Planners Institute 




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