Young and Emerging Planners


Both National APA, APA California and the Sections provide a wide variety of resources for planners new to the profession.

2021-2022 California Planning Foundation Scholarships

The California Planning Foundation (CPF) has begun accepting applications for the 2021 scholarship program for outstanding planning students enrolled at eligible professional planning degree programs in California. Scholarships are awarded to students based on an application and selection process.

The deadline to apply for 2021 CPF Scholarships is Monday, May 31, 2021.

Go here for more information and How to Apply.

Interested and Need Assistance?

An informational webinar with more information on the scholarships and helpful tips on how to apply took place on Monday, May 3, 2021.


Training for New Professionals

APA has a number of streaming education products that benefit the needs of new professionals, including:

  • Regulating First Amendment Land Uses
  • Redevelopment and Revitalization for a New Era
  • Informed Decisions: A Guide to Gathering Facts and Evidence
  • Historic Preservation, Sustainability, and the Recent Past
  • Ethics in Planning
  • Mechanics of Code Writing
  • Retrofitting Corridors

The list is always growing. Visit the National APA Store to find a comprehensive library of streaming products and books of special interest to new professionals.

APA Membership

Membership for new professionals is a great way to get involved with APA. Student members can become new professional members after they complete their schooling. Find out more about membership.

A Conference for New Professionals

Planners new to the profession can find the skill-building training and cutting-edge information they need at APA’s National Planning Conference. Build your schedule with the right mix of programs for new professionals, training workshops, and sessions.

Members-Only Resources

Members of APA may find these articles for new professionals interesting and helpful.

APA California and Section New Professional Opportunities

APA California has appointed a Young and Emerging Planners Coordinator to its Board of Directors that is the contact for young professionals in California. Section Boards have similar positions. The State Conference and the local Sections also provide a number of sessions and workshops geared to assist new professionals entering the planning field.

If you have comments or questions regarding the Young and Emerging Planners Group, please contact [email protected].