Educational and Training Opportunities

Planning and Community Health: Health Impacts in Idaho
Please join the American Planning Association (APA) and the National Physical Activity Society (NPAS) for a discussion healthy planning. Chris Danley, President of NPAS and planner with Alta Planning + Design, will discuss his experiences working at the intersection of planning and public health.
This session will include an overview of the Healthy Communities Collaborative at APA as well as an introduction to NPAS before diving into a case study from Chris’ portfolio. For more information, click HERE.

SAVE THE DATES NOW!This year, your  Idaho APA Representatives are working hard and teaming up with each other and the APA Utah chapter to provide you with professional development opportunities in three locations.

NORTH- Coeur d’Alene, Idaho  March 10, 2017

Full day of training and networking

Register Here! 

Sessions will include planning law, ethics, jurisdictional updates and a tour of Coeur D’Alene’s APA National award winning Great Street!

Don’t forget the NOT TO MISS social event in the evening too!

EAST- Brigham City, Utah  April 20 – 21, 2017

Two days of training and networking in partnership with APA-Utah

Now open for registration.  Click here for more details.>!

SOUTHWEST- Meridian, Idaho  May 17, 2017

Full day of training and networking in partnership with the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS)

Registration coming soon! 

Liz Thorstensen, Vice President of Trails Development with the Rails with Trails Conservancy will provide a session on Active Transportation and Economic Development- Tools data and strategies to make the connection in your community. 

Other sessions will include planning law, ethics, and jurisdictional updates.

An evening social is also not to be missed!


Why Public Lands Matter

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM


This full day conference looks at current federal management practices, the various voices in support and dissent, and potential stakeholder collaboration toward forward-looking best practices designed to manage, protect, and preserve our public lands for the generations to follow.

Notable speakers include Congressman Mike Simpson, Montana Governor Steve Bullock, and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. County Commissioners Gordon Cruikshank, Terry Kramer, and Tom Lamar will discuss local perspectives on public lands and two panels will focus on collaborative success – one featuring The Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership and the other focused on the confluence of conservation and recreation.

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The $50 registration fee includes lunch and a reception. The reception will offer attendees the opportunity to meet many of the presenters and to learn more about the work of groups such as Idaho Conservation League, Idaho Outfitters and Guide Association, The Wilderness Society, Advocates for the West, and more.

For more information and to register, visit


Inland Empire Spring Conference Save the Date!

The Inland Empire Spring Conference is June 1 and 2, 2017 at Elkin’s Resort in Priest Lake, Idaho.

The Inland Empire Section of the American Planning Association is pleased to announce our annual conference. We will gather again this year at Elkin’s Resort on (hopefully) sunny Priest Lake.

We are also putting out a call for sessions and sponsors.

If you would like to help in planning the conference, we’d love to have you join us. Please Contact Dave Andersen if you’d like to help with conference planning. Check The APA web site for updates. Hope to see you there.

Registration Questions – (509) 720-5335

Program Questions Dave Andersen, AICP – (509)434-4491


2017 U.S. EPA Community Involvement Training

Bringing People Together: 20 Years Investing in Communities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 15th Community Involvement Training Program (CITP) will be held in late summer 2017 in Kansas City, MO.

This dynamic event brings together more than 450 people from EPA and its federal, state, tribal, and local partners who plan and implement environmental community involvement, partnership, stewardship, outreach, and education programs.

This three-day training program features plenary sessions with guest speakers, topical discussions, multiple 90-minute information sessions, and dozens of engaging and interactive three-, four-, and seven-hour training sessions. It also includes field trips demonstrating the power of effective community involvement and cooperative conservation efforts in the Kansas City area, a poster session, exhibits, and networking opportunities to add value and fun to the experience. The Call for Proposals is currently out.  Registration starts in June.  Click here for more information.


Free APA Distance Education Offering CM Credit

The American Planning Association provides several opportunities for AICP members to obtain Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for free through distance education products.

These opportunities, links to more information, and CM credits available are listed below.

PLEASE NOTE: You may view a course more than once; however, you may claim CM credit for only one viewing.


Streaming Education

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery

Get a jump on post-disaster recovery with this two-part virtual session from APA’s 2013 National Planning Conference. Weigh the pros and cons of predisaster versus postdisaster planning. Find out how to tie long-term recovery into the rest of your community’s planning. And discover a new tool for adapting recovery planning to different types of disaster.

CM | 2.5

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APA Community Assistance Program (CAP) Training Webinar

In addition to an overview of the direct technical assistance aspects of APA’s Community Assistance Program (CAP), the CAP Training Webinar is intended for APA members interested in starting their own pro bono community assistance programs within their own chapters or divisions.

Distance CM credit may be earned by watching the webinar and completing an evaluation.

CM | 1.0

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Tuesdays at APA: Lectures and Podcasts

Each month in Chicago, APA hosts a free after-work lecture and discussion in which practicing planners and researchers discuss innovative ideas and concepts or present their latest projects. These programs offer Certification Maintenance (CM) credit for attendees. They are also recorded and offered for CM credit through distance education. AICP members listen to the audio recording and follow along with a provided PowerPoint.

CM | 1.0 per live lecture or recording currently labeled with the CM logo

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How to Claim and Record CM Credits for Distance Education

Visit Certification Maintenance and log in to claim your credits:

  • Select My CM Log
  • Select Add CM-Registered Credits
  • Under Browse, click on the option Distance Education, type the title of the activity into the search box, and click Go. When the activity name appears, click on it.
  • In the pop-up box, please select the “date taken” (when you viewed the product), then rate the activity, add a comment (optional), and click on the Ethics statement and answer, before hitting Submit.

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