Registered Professional Planner

A RPP member is a professional practicing planner who has met all the membership requirements for education and responsible professional planning experience. Registered Professional Planners have Right to Title and legally use the RPP after the Member's name in Alberta. All RPP members must first apply as candidate members because APPI has the exclusive authority to grant RPP professional designation. 


A candidate member is a practicing planner who is in the process of meeting the criteria by obtaining validated responsible professional planning work experience to become a Registered Professional Planner. The Professional Standards Board (PSB) is responsible for administering the certification process to acquire the Registered Professional Planner (RPP) designation. Visit The Road to RPP for more information. 


APPI no longer restricts APPI student membership to only those registered in a recognized planning program. APPI Student membership is a non-corporate and non-regulated class of membership with the Institute and therefore, APPI student members are not subject to the rights and responsibilities set out in the APPI Bylaws and the Professional Planner Regulation.

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This category is for those not currently eligible for Candidate membership but who will be pursuing Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) in the future. 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

Transfers and Changing Member Status

If you are an existing member of another Provincial and Territorial Institutes and Associations (PTIA) and would like to transfer your membership, or need to change your member status, please visit Members> Changing Member Status and Transfers