Planning Education

APA Delaware is committed to leading the cause for planning education in Delaware.  We offer various training and professional development programs for practicing planners as well as general educational opportunities for elected officials and the public at-large.  In partnership with the Office of State Planning Coordination and The University of Delaware, Institute for Public Administration, APA Delaware supports the Delaware Planning Education Program. 

Delaware Planning Education Program

The Delaware Planning Education Program is a voluntary certificate program comprising a series of educational courses designed to better prepare local government officials in Delaware for the planning-related challenges they will face in their communities. The program format includes regularly scheduled training with a group of core courses offered every year between January-March, although a variety of courses are scheduled throughout the year. Some training topics include:

  • what is a comprehensive plan and why it is important; the legal context for planning in Delaware;
  • the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the process; and the components of a comprehensive plan
  • the variety of tools available to local governments to deal with land use and development issues

Upon completion of a total of 15 hours of specifically directed education and training sessions in the Delaware Planning Education Program within a three-year period, local officials will be awarded certificates for their achievement. Learn more about the certificate program here.

For more information, contact Sean O’Neill (302)-831-4926.