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Student membership is available to students engaged in suitable studies with a view to entering the profession of town planning. It gives students who have an interest in planning the opportunity to access services provided by the RTPI at an early stage of their career.


You are eligible for Student membership of the RTPI if you are a student on a full-time, part-time or distance learning course. You can be a student member for a maximum of 10 years.

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Brian Kavanagh, Student, University College Cork

Free student membership

Free student membership is available to all students on RTPI acccredited courses. Please ensure your application form is signed by a representative from your planning school. All queries relating to the accredited status of a particular course should be directed to RTPI Education.

A free student member may still have an amount to pay if their subscription for the first part of the year as a fee paying member is unpaid. Free student membership runs until the end of the calendar year in which they graduate.

Students who successfully complete a fully RTPI accredited course can apply to Licentiate membership. This is the first step of the Licentiate Assessment of Professional Competence (L-APC) route to becoming a Chartered Town Planner.


As a student of planning you are taking the first step towards a highly rewarding career. By becoming a Student member of the RTPI you will be demonstrating your commitment to the profession. You will also be able to participate in the Institute's activities to promote planning and access a wealth of information and knowledge on planning policy and practice.

You can benefit from member services such as free access to publications, membership of networks such as the Young Planners' Network which are available to all members.

Here is a list of benefits for RTPI student members.


Student membership is free to all students on courses accredited by the Institute.

If your course is not accredited by the Institute, the annual subscription rate for student membership is £90 (UK & ROI) or £57 (Non-UK/ROI) per year for the first 3 years, then respectively £170 (UK & ROI) or £107 (Non-UK/ROI). Students earning less than £14,530 may be eligible for a reduced subscription. There is no administrative cost to apply for student membership.

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Licentiate Assessment of Professional Competence

The L-APC is the main route to becoming a Chartered Town Planner

See L-APC guidelines