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Clayton Ender, Planner with the City of Johnston was recognized during the City Council meeting on Monday, June 18 for becoming credentialed as an American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) Candidate. The American Planning Association's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) provides the only nationwide, independent verification of planners' qualifications. Certified planners pledge to uphold high standards of practice, ethics, and professional conduct, and to keep their skills sharp and up to date by continuously pursuing advanced professional education. In order to become AICP certified, planners must possess education, experience, breadth of knowledge, ethical practice, and a commitment to the planning profession, which is documented through the submission of essays detailing job experience and the requirement to pass a 170-question four-hour AICP test.In 2018, AICP offered a new program, the AICP Candidate program. This program allows planners who don't currently meet the experience qualifications (2-4 years professional planning experience, depending on education background), to sit for and take the exam, commit to follow the AICP Code of Ethics and commit to furthering their professional education, upon achieving these items then can use the AICP Candidate credentials until they document achieving the necessary professional experience and become full AICP members.In May 2018, Clayton Ender, Planner, passed the AICP exam and has achieved the requirements to become a credentialed AICP Candidate. At this time, Clayton is one of only two planners in the state of Iowa to have achieved this designation. The City of Johnston is fortunate to have Clayton as a member of the Community Development staff and recognize his achievement and commitment to the planning profession!