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American Planning Association American Institute of Certified Planners Exam

Exam Name: American Institute of Certified Planners
Exam Code: American Institute of Certified Planners
Related Certification(s): American Planning Association American Institute of Certified Planners Certification
Certification Provider: American Planning Association
Number of American Institute of Certified Planners practice questions in our database: 134 (updated: May. 11, 2024)
Expected American Institute of Certified Planners Exam Topics, as suggested by American Planning Association :
  • Topic 1: Comprehensive and sectoral planning/ History of planning, planning movements, and influences on planning
  • Topic 2: Technology and related applications/ Theories of and about planning
  • Topic 3: Internal organizational management/ Project or program management
  • Topic 4: Foundational legal principles and decisions/ Environmental and natural resources planning
  • Topic 5: Historic and cultural resources planning/ General terminology, practices, and principles of related professions
  • Topic 6: Monitoring and assessment/ Core values of planning/ Conducting research and acquiring knowledge
  • Topic 7: Patterns of human settlement/ Statutory basis of planning/ Formulating plans and policies
  • Topic 8: Institutional planning and siting/ Rural and small town planning
  • Topic 9: Managing external relationships/ Plan Making and Implementation/ qualitative and quantitative research
  • Topic 10: Planning for diverse or under served communities/ influencing decision making in the public interest
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Free American Planning Association American Institute of Certified Planners Exam Actual Questions

Note: Premium Questions for American Institute of Certified Planners were last updated On May. 11, 2024 (see below)

Question #1

You are the planning director in a small town. Your husband runs the local country club and is applying for construction of a new swimming pool. This application will be reviewed by the planning commission for approval. Often, planners who are faced with this type of dilemma:

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Correct Answer: C

Note that questions on the exam are not likely to be this easy.


Question #2

Scenario: Negative Comments about Consultant Work

At a recent national planning conference, you hear some very negative things about the quality of work done for clients by a well known consulting planning firm. Some of the comments are from people who may not have first-hand information At least one of the critical statements was made directly by a former client The firm, by coincidence, has now submitted a proposal to do work for your community. You call all of the references supplied by the consultant They check out fine. What should you do next?

Ethical Issues: How do you make sure that you don't pass on gossip, but do respond to legitimate issues affecting foe expenditure of public dollars?

Action Alternatives:

1. You have checked the references and they were fine. The folks you talked to are reasonable and had direct knowledge of the consultant's work. You do not want to appear to be looking to make trouble for yourself or anyone else You decide no further action is necessary.

2. When spending public money, you have a responsibility to make sure that the public will get the best value. This requires you to be zealous in determining whether there are any reasons for not hiring the consulting firm. After all, consulting firms do not ever list clients who they think might give them a bad reference. You call for references checking with names not on the list provided by the firm.

3. Other

Commentary: Negative Comments About Consultant Work

Code Citations:

C .1 A planner must protect and enhance the integrity of the profession and must be responsible in criticism of the profession

C .2 A planner must accurately represent the qualifications, views, and findings of colleagues.

C .3 A planner who reviews the work of other professionals must do so in a fair, considerate, professional, and equitable manner

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Correct Answer: A

You want to be fair in your treatment of a colleague while at the same time making sure that you do not engage a consultant who will not be able to fulfill the requirements of the professional services agreement.

Alternative 1 saves you work, but ignores the fact that you have information which affects your confidence in one of the proposers You would not be in violation of the Code by doing nothing because you would have followed all of your community's standard procedures for hiring However, you would have failed to be attentive to the apparitional intent of the Code.

Alternative 2 would be the most desirable and is most consistent with the Code requirement to fairly treat the views of a colleague In this case you wish to treat fairly the views of those who have disparaged the consultant as well as the view of the consultant him or herself Unless you have specifically stated in your RFP that the only references you will check are those provided by the consultant, you are free to seek out additional information. To be fair, you should mention to the consultant that you will be checking with other colleagues. If you have major unresolved issues as a result of further checking, the consultant should be given an opportunity to respond.


Question #3

You are the planning director in a small town. Your husband runs the local country club and is applying for construction of a new swimming pool. This application will be reviewed by the planning commission for approval. Often, planners who are faced with this type of dilemma:

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Correct Answer: C

Note that questions on the exam are not likely to be this easy.


Question #4

Which of the principles of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct are applicable to instances of sexual harassment?

I) A planner must not commit a deliberately wrongful act, which reflects adversely on the planner's professional fitness.

II) A planner must respect the rights of others and, must not improperly discriminate against persons.

III) A planner must have special concern for the long-range consequences of present action.

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Correct Answer: A

See Ethical Principles 1, 3; Rule of Conduct 20. Having special concern for the long-range consequences of present actions per Ethical Principle 1 refers to the consequences of planning decisions, not to individual behavior.


Question #5

Scenario

You are a planner in a community with a new sign ordinance that prohibits banners from being strung across the road. The ordinance was adopted in response to several unattractive advertising banners that had frequently been strung across local roads and often become entangled with electrical wires. On your way to work one morning, you see that a community group has strung a banner across the main street that advertises an upcoming charity event that will generate thousands of dollars for needy families. You know that the money is greatly needed and that local officials and residents support the event. What might be your first reaction?

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Correct Answer: C


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