Career Information

‘Planning’ means the planning of the scientific, aesthetic and orderly disposition of land, resources, facilities and services with a view to securing the physical, economic and social efficiency, health and well-being of urban and rural communities. 

‘Responsible Professional Planning Experience’ means:

a) Work comprising analysis, projection, design or program development which specifically requires consideration of the inter-relationships of space and time among resources, facilities 
and activities and which expresses this consideration in a manner to influence the disposition of land or the allocation of resources, facilities or services;

b) Work which shows a specific relationship to public policies or programs for controlling or
influencing the development of communities; and

c) Work which comprises a substantive component of initiative, judgment, substantial
involvement and personal accountability or definition or preparation of significant elements of the program of work.

If you are a high school student or post secondary student and have decided that planning is for you, check out the benefits of membership and application information under Membership.

Student membership will expand your resources and networking opportunities while in school.

Note that Employers in both the public and private sector are able to, and often do hire whomever they want to work as planners for them. Many practicing enter the profession via a non planning degree and acquire the competencies for the planning profession via professional experience and post degree education. Those planners are able to gain certification with the Institute via a Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) process. For more on certification, please visit the Professional Standards Board's website at

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