Planning Education

Knowledge is power and 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.  It is our sincere hope that through a more educated Delaware–better policies and regulations related to planning will take shape as Delaware citizens face community challenges in the 21st century.

Delaware Planning Education Program

(presented by the University of Delaware, Institute for Public Administration)

Delaware’s municipalities are increasingly being asked to focus much of their attention on the state’s expected new growth and development. Municipalities must make difficult decisions that can have long-lasting impacts on the community’s character, economy, and quality. The Delaware Planning Education Program is a voluntary certificate program comprising an organized series of educational courses designed to meet the responsibilities of municipalities as partners in planning Delaware’s future. The program is offered in partnership with the Office of State Planning Coordination and the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association.

The program format includes regularly scheduled training with a group of core courses offered every year and a menu of “electives” offered periodically. 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 growth issues
  • understanding the community’s historic pattern of development and the importance of design in the mix of local controls

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 DPEP certificates. Nine of the required hours are from courses 101–103 (see descriptions). The additional six required hours can be earned by taking two electives (see descriptions).  Learn more about the certificate program here.

Check out current course topics here.

For more information, contact Troy Mix (302-831-4930) or Julia O’Hanlon (302-831-6224).


Now is the time to get the credits you have earned recorded.  The APA has cleaned up the recording pages and process (according to them), so entering your CM’s should be straight forward.  If you still require CM’s, you still have options to earn them.  As most know, the Chapter participates in the nationwide Planning Webcast Consortium that offers free CVM-eligible webinars nearly every Friday.  Please take a look and register for upcoming events at:

The APA has a few free CM events and webinars at  Between the two sources, a member could accumulate sufficient CM’s for a reporting period!  And the APA and a few Consortium webinars, even ethics and law webinars, are available at any time you have a free hour or two.

As always, if you need any additional information or assistance with Certification Maintenance or you are interested in joining the ranks of the Certified, please contact Jim Galvin, Delaware Chapter Professional Development Officer (PDO) at