In order to understand the international context for planning institutes I have consolidated the stated objectives and related material from the websites of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Royal Town Planning Institute of the United Kingdom, the American Planning Association and related American Institute of Certified Planners, the Planning Institute of Australia and the New Zealand Planning Institute. It is a fascinating comparison of the national organizations that represent about 65,000 english speaking planners. Comments appreciated.
The Canadian Institute of Planners
The Canadian Institute of Planners works on behalf of over 7,800 planning professionals nation-wide, serving as the voice of Canada’s planning community. Since its beginning in 1919, CIP has grown into a federated national organization with Provincial and Territorial Institutes and Associations across Canada, and with links to planning associations worldwide.
Planning addresses the use of land, resources, facilities and services in ways that secure the physical, economic and social efficiency, health and well-being of urban and rural communities. Our members work in both the public service and the private sector, across fields such as land use planning, environmental resource management, land development, heritage conservation, social planning, transportation planning, and economic development.
VISION, MISSION AND VALUES
The 2012-2015 Strategic Plan presents the CIP Vision, Mission and Values Statement:
VISION – Improved quality of life through excellence in professional planning.
MISSION – To advance planning in Canada and abroad by serving, educating, informing and engaging our members.
VALUES – Integrity • Innovation • Collaboration
The Chartered Object of the Royal Town Planning Institute is to advance the science and art of town planning for the benefit of the public. The Royal Town Planning Institute is the UK’s leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 23,000 members.
Supporting our members throughout their professional careers is at the heart of everything we do.
RTPI Chief Executive
The RTPI is:
A membership organisation and a Chartered Institute responsible for maintaining professional standards and accrediting world class planning courses nationally and internationally.
A charity whose charitable purpose is to advance the science and art of planning (including town and country and spatial planning) for the benefit of the public.
A learned society.
We also run Planning Aid England and have a trading company, RTPI Services Limited.
Our campaigning activity covers a wide range of issues, helping to raise the profile of the profession and generate awareness of the invaluable contribution planners make to building sustainable communities and helping to drive economic wealth.
We work in partnership with employers to promote the professional development of planning professionals.
The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment,
and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. APA membership is open to everyone who is committed to applying the benefits of planning to create communities of lasting value. We welcome individuals who work in allied professions, as well as also interested citizens who want to help their communities. Allied professionals and engaged citizens who join APA enjoy full benefits of membership. There are about 27,000 members of APA of which about 15,000 are also members of AICP, who are certified, subject to disciplinary proceedings and have a continuous professional learning requirements.
What Does APA Do?
As leaders of the planning movement, APA acts on many fronts.
We advocate for planning at the national level; support chapters’, divisions’, and members’ efforts at the state and local levels; and file amicus briefs in selected court cases.
We promote good planning through vigorous public information and education programs.
We produce digital and print materials that describe the outcomes of good planning, educate the nation about planning, and reinforce the individual and collective efforts of APA members.
We assure excellence in the field — and raise the stature of the planning profession — by supporting the efforts of the Planning Accreditation Board and emphasizing the importance of AICP certification for practicing planners.
We develop accessible, affordable continuing education programs.
We support certified planners in their pursuit of certification maintenance.
We promote a diverse workforce by bringing employers and job seekers together through our job services.
We assure excellence in local decision making by offering training, information, and support to planning commissioners, elected officials, and engaged citizens.
We seek national and international partnerships to advance both the planning movement and principles of sustainability, inclusion, and nondiscrimination.
We address issues of social equity in our publications, host diversity forums, and provide a diversity portal on our website.
We work to attract and retain minority members so our membership will reflect the nation’s diversity.
We enhance the state of planning knowledge by identifying and fulfilling a vigorous agenda of applied research.
We share research results with our subscribers, members, and, ultimately, the national community.
The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is the American Planning Association’s professional institute. AICP certifies professionals in the United States in the field of Urban planning and assists planners in the areas of ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice. Members of AICP pledge to adhere to a detailed Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Once certified, professional planners may place the designation “AICP” after their name to indicate their membership in AICP, and their mastery of the principles, skills, knowledge, and experience determined by the organization as essential for a professional planner.
Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) is the national body representing planning and the planning profession. Through education, communication and professional development, PIA is the pivotal organisation serving and guiding thousands of planning professionals in their role of creating better communities.
PIA currently represents approximately 4800 members nationally and internationally, and connects with 7500 planners annually. We are governed by a National Board of Directors and managed by a professional administration. We are a member-based organisation with its management complemented by volunteers, who support and contribute to our activities on various levels.
Our vision is Leading effective planning for people and places
We will realise our vision by:
Advocating for Better Planning: Our advocacy and policy development targets the outcomes and processes needed to better plan for the future, and the challenges we face.
Developing High Quality Planners: We build the capacity and capability of the planning profession to deliver better planning for communities.
Supporting the Profession: We support and nurture planners throughout their career to create a strong, connected planning community.
The objects for which the Institute is established are:
(a) To provide national leadership for the advancement of environmental, social and economic benefits of planned use of land in the natural and built environments;
(b) To provide influential advice concerning the environmental, social and economic impacts and implications of the use of land;
(c) To foster and strengthen the community perception of planned use of land and associated systems as a critical means to serve the public interest;
(d) To advance the professional interests of Members;
(e) To establish and administer standards of competency amongst persons working professionally in the disciplines involved in land use planning.
(f) To foster and strengthen the technical knowledge and professionalism of persons working professionally in the disciplines involved in land use planning.
(g) To provide for and encourage education and training in the disciplines involved in land use planning;
(h) To provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and views relating to the issues in and associated with the planned and unplanned use of land;
(i) To harness the Industry’s collective knowledge on issues affecting the Industry and to collect and disseminate information concerning the planned and unplanned use of land.
(j) To provide international leadership for the advancement of environmental, social and economic benefits of planned use of land in the natural and built environments;
(k) To deliver accountability and good corporate governance of the Institute to the Members; and
(l) To do all other lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of these objects or any of them or which may be calculated to advance directly or indirectly the interests of the Institute.
Established in 1949, the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) is the home of planning in New Zealand. Possessing 11 branches both within New Zealand and overseas. As part of a dynamic, varied and challenging profession, our growing membership of over 2000 members are involved in strategic planning initiatives and implementation of urban and rural plans.
The NZPI has evolved since 1949 and is now a complex organisation that delivers extensive training, networking opportunities, advocacy, real time planning news, mentoring, professional standards monitoring, accreditation of tertiary planning education in NZ and good practice guidance through the Quality Planning resource.
Membership of NZPI is the hallmark of professional expertise and integrity within the planning profession and your key to success.
Vision Statement – “The New Zealand Planning Institute® / Te Kokiringa Taumata is the premier provider of learning, support, knowledge and advocacy for planning professionals within New Zealand”
The goals of the Institute shall be to:
(a) Serve our members Facilitate one voice, one institute
(b) Enhance professional development within the planning profession
(c) Foster the highest standards of professionalism and professional ethics
(d) Contribute proactively to the national policy landscape
(e) Ensure high quality planning education through the accreditation of planning courses
In pursuing these goals the objectives of the Institute shall be:
(a) To provide practical benefits to our members in terms of learning, knowledge and resources
(b) To be the premier organisation representing planning and the planning profession
(c) To foster the recognition of planning as the lead profession for producing positive community outcomes
(d) To make valued contributions to policy, legislation and regulation at the regional and national levels
(e) To foster the highest standards of ethics and practice within the planning profession
(f) To be efficient and effective in all that we do
(g) To support the strategic goals of young planners