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RTPI to streamline routes to chartered membership

Words: Laura Edgar
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The RTPI has announced that it is streamlining the ways that professional planners can achieve chartered membership.

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

Two new routes will replace the current routes for planning professionals who didn’t obtain a degree from an RTPI-accredited planning school: 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.”

The RTPI is also redesigning its membership structure to ensure that 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 at the RTPI Planning Convention in June.

Further details on the changes can be found on the RTPI website.