As part of its 'Routes to Education' initiative, last year the Institute sought views on the RTPI Policy Statement on Initial Planning Education and whether it remains up-to-date. From time to time the Institute reviews its policies to take account of the changing nature of education, emerging issues in planning and changes to the labour market to ensure there are education routes to RTPI membership.
Following discussion with accredited Planning Schools, graduates and RTPI Young Planners, RTPI Nations and English Regions, RTPI Learning Partners and other employers and the RTPI General Assembly, the Institute has concluded the review and its response to the consultation findings has been published. The proposals have been endorsed by the RTPI Board of Trustees.
Following consultatation responses, we do not recommend fundamental change to the RTPI Policy Statement on Initial Planning Education. The framework laid down by the 2003 Education Commission is still appropriate and full accreditation should be given to Masters level study of planning.
Professor Tony Crook FRTPI
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