Welcome to the American Citizen Planner Program

In this program, Extension Professionals, local officials, citizen advocates, non-profit groups, government agencies and general public, including those who are interested in the basic concepts of public land use and development regulation and in the best practices of community development and smart growth will learn to make positive land use decisions for their communities regarding zoning regulation, best practices for planning and zoning, and sustainable community planning. Participants who complete both the ACP 101 and ACP 201 courses can take the ACP Exam to earn the Master Citizen Planner accreditation.

The Master Citizen Planner (MCP) credentialing program was developed as a benchmark for education among elected and appointed officials, and citizen volunteers. Attaining the credential demonstrates a working knowledge of the skills necessary to guide community development.

To obtain the MCP credential participants must successfully complete an examination based on program material. The exam is conducted in an online environment with a two hour time frame for completing the exam. Participants will have three opportunities to pass the exam with a score of 70% or better.