Canadian Institue Of Planners

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Become a Planner

In Canada, provincial and territorial government institutes and associations regulate the planning profession, this means the path to certification can differ across different regions. Planners should consult their regional provincial or territorial institute or association with specific questions.


Who Certifies Professional Planners in Canada?

The Provincial and Territorial Institutes and Associations (PTIAs) across Canada are responsible for certifying their members. These members must have completed the certification program operated by the Professional Standards Board for the Planning Profession in Canada (PSB).
The PSB administers the certification and accreditation processes for CIP and the following PTIAs:

  • Atlantic Planners Institute
  • Ontario Professional Planners Institute
  • Manitoba Professional Planners Institute
  • Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute
  • Alberta Professional Planners Institute
  • Planning Institute of British Columbia

The PSB is an independent organization, incorporated under the laws of Canada, and governed by a Board of Directors. It operates under agreements with CIP and the six participating PTIAs to provide the following services:


  • Assessment of applications for Candidate status
  • Verification of mentorship and sponsorship of work experience
  • Delivery of courses and examinations leading to certification as a professional planner

Accreditation of University Academic Planning Programs:

  • Administering accreditation reviews of university planning degree programs based on the accreditation program principles, policies and administrative arrangements

Note: In Quebec, the l’Ordre des urbanistes du Québec (OUQ) administers its own certification process for planners. Please consult their website for more information.


How Do I Become a Registered Professional Planner?

There are five steps to becoming a Registered Professional Planner:

Step 1: Candidate Membership
Step 2: Mentorship
Step 3: Logging Work Experience
Step 4: Ethics & Professionalism Course
Step 5: The Professional Examination
The following PSB infographic is a step-by-step guide about the process.

To embark on your journey to certification, please contact the PSB.