MILTON — Cymone Haiju, Milton’s planning and development review director, will soon be inducted into the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
AICP, the American Planning Association's professional institute, certifies U.S. professionals in the field of urban planning and provides them with a network of support.
On May 12, Haiju took and passed the AICP exam, which tests skills and knowledge. Passing the exam, plus her many years of professional experience, qualifies her for induction.
“I decided to seek AICP certification because I wanted to establish my expertise in my profession, even though the Town did not require it,” Haiju stated in a May 14 email to the Independent. “The AICP certification requires several years of dedication to attain...and demonstration of planning skills through essays and an exam. I’m really happy I achieved it.”
AICP certification is the only nationwide, independent verification of planners' qualifications.
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.
Haiju believes the process of attaining this distinction has prepared her well for the rigorous long-term, strategic thinking that is essential to her field of work.
“[My job] is a lot of reading and deep thinking and writing,” she told the Independent in August 2020.
Haiju spends a lot of time working with the Planning Commission to update the town’s Unified Development Regulations, a set of policies developers must follow when building in Milton.
She believes what she learned in becoming AICP-certified will help her with this task.
“I also find that I am comfortable with conducting research on American Planning Association best practices and statistical data that can help me provide our decision makers in the local government with meaningful info on community and economic development topics,” she stated.