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Accredited qualifications

The RTPI works in partnership with universities to develop and accredit planning qualifications which allow graduating students to progress towards Chartered Membership of the RTPI.

Important information to progress to Chartered Town Planner status

All of the universities or awarding institutions listed on the left offer planning qualifications accredited by the RTPI, beginning at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. Each course is indicated as being either combined (fully accredited), spatial or specialist in content.

Qualifications gained in or after 2005 that were accredited at the time of study, but are no longer available for new recruits, will not be included in the accredited qualifications shown on the webpages. If in doubt about a degree status during this period, please contact RTPI Membership.

Currently, students who wish to progress to Chartered Membership through our main route, the Licentiate Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), must have completed a fully accredited option: either a combined qualification or a spatial qualification and a specialist qualification.  This route applies to candidates who graduated in or after 2005 only.


i.e.  Combined  or  Spatial + Specialist

Neither a spatial nor a specialist qualification by itself is sufficient to progress to Chartered Membership through the Licentiate pathway. However graduates of non accredited qualifications or part-accredited degrees can consider the Associate membership route from which you can progress onto becoming a Chartered Member.

Pre-2005 graduates

Please note any graduate from a planning course prior to 2005 can follow either the Associate, Special Entry (until 2017)  or Experienced Practitioner (from 2017) route to Chartered Membership. To assist you a list of RTPI recognised planning courses from 1995 is available here.

If your course was recognised by the RTPI, as a general guide;

If your course is not listed then it was not recognised by the RTPI and applicants from 2017 onwards will need to produce a statement on the planning content of your degree if you are applying under educational background 'b' – see section 2.3 in the Associate and EP-APC route guidance documents for more information. 

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