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Number of chartered town planner applications increases

Words: Laura Edgar
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The number of planning professionals elected to chartered membership through the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) reached 430 in 2015, according to figures from the RTPI.

The figures suggest this is an increase by 28 per cent in 2014.

The RTPI said there were 463 first-time applicants in 2015, an increase of 15 per cent from 2014. Forty-five per cent succeeded in becoming chartered members at their first attempt.

The RTPI has just announced the five candidates – Iain Crossland, Emma Watts, Jennifer Towers, Dan Evans and Laura Dimond, whose APC applications in 2015 have been commended for their high standards and particularly excellent submissions.

The accredited, competency-based APC route to chartered membership has been “rigorously” developed over the years, explained the RTPI, to ensure the highest professional standards. By highlighting the candidates’ good work the institute hopes that future applicants can benefit.

Earlier this year, the RTPI announced that other routes to become a chartered member are changing to become competency based and modelled on the APC route. 

Martine Koch, head of membership, RTPI, said: “These outstanding planners are well on their way to becoming successful in the profession. By sharing their experience and tips they are helping other planners make an important step in career development to become a chartered member.”

The five new chartered members, who have been commended for their APC applications, share their advice and tips for a successful submission on the RTPI website.