To become a certified licensed Professional Planner (PP) or Planner-in-Training (PIT) in New Jersey, one must submit an application meeting certain education and experience requirements, and pass both the NJ Planning Law Exam, commonly referred to as the PP Exam in addition to the AICP Exam. The PP Exam is administered by the State Board of Professional Planners. The AICP Exam is administered by the American Planning Association (APA). The PP and AICP exams are given twice a year, in May and November.

The APA-NJ Chapter offers an Exam Review Course for the PP Exam typically one month prior to the exam period. The PP Exam review course is given in a seminar format where professionals from New Jersey’s Planning Community come and provide you with their knowledge on the exam topics as well as test taking tips.

Topics covered on the exam include:

Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL), County Planning Act, State Planning Act, Fair Housing Act, Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), Freshwater Wetlands Act and Regulations, Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan, Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA) and Regulations, Meadowlands, State Highway Access Management Act, Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, Flood Hazard Area Control Act, Realty Improvement Sewerage and Facilities Act, Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act

 For more information and exam application, visit www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/plan/