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There will be a schedule of fees to apply for the program as well as a recertification and maintenance fee payable each year. When the recertification is due, no additional fee will be required as long as the yearly fee is current. Click here to view the fee schedule for the 2016 class of ALEP candidates.

To become a Accredited Learning Environment Planner, and sit for the exam, one must demonstrate a level of professional expertise through documentation of professional experience and continuing education. Candidates must have been employed in the educational facility planning fields for the last five years preceding the application. Applicants who wish to sit for the ALEP examination must meet all eligibility requirements prior to taking the examination.

Professional Experience Requirements

At the time of application, the applicant must meet the following professional experience requirements:

  • Have been employed in the educational facility planning field for the last five years preceding the application;
  • Have at least five years of total experience as an educational facility planner and a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college/university;
  • Be currently or recently employed for five years prior to application as a paid employee in a firm or sole proprietorship such as a planning organization, architectural firm, engineering firm, construction organization, maintenance organization, or supplier that provides goods or services to educational facilities, OR;
  • Be currently or recently employed for five years prior to application as a paid employee of a school district, state department, or other governmental entity involved in planning educational facilities;
  • Attest to uphold the ALEP Standards of Conduct and Ethics;
  • Have no felony convictions related to the practice of educational facility planning.

*Internship experience and/or service as a volunteer leader is not applicable toward the professional experience requirement.

Candidates must provide:

A Professional Portfolio

The professional portfolio identifies projects, articles, and other professional work in the last five years preceding the application (must be in an electronic format). The professional portfolio will include work from the last 5-years which is meant to demonstrate experience and expertise in the field of educational facility planning. The portfolio is not a collection of marketing materials and should include the following information:

  • A list of projects with a brief scope of work for each project. Include name of school, district and location of project.
  • Date of project and/or schedule of project completion.
  • Title held during the project.
  • A comprehensive description of the candidate's primary responsibility in the project.

Documentation of 100 hours of Continuing Education

Candidates must document 100 hours of broad-based qualifying professional development the last five years preceding the application. Within those 100 hours no more than 20 can come from any single domain topic. Please use the spreadsheet to organize your professional development hours. Please identify the hours by the following domains:

  • Designing Schools to Support Diverse Learning Styles and Need
  • Educational Facility Community Engagement and Master Planning
  • Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning
  • Educational Facility Architectural Design Process
  • Educational Facility Implementation
  • Assessment of the School Facility

To begin your application process click the application link. For questions or additional testing locations, please contact Janell Weihs.

ALEP Application

Certification Examination

Upon meeting all of the eligibility requirements, all candidates must pass the certification examination. The Commission has developed a bank of multiple choice and true/false questions which will be used for the examination. The questions were developed from the chapters in "Creating Connections: The CEFPI Guide for Educational Facility Planning," which serves as the primary reference guide for the examination. In addition, questions were also created from selected supplementary reading references. All of the questions are intended to demonstrate the candidates’ knowledge and expertise in the practice of educational facility planning.

Candidates who hold the Recognized Educational Facility Planner (REFP) designation as of December 31, 2012, are automatically eligible for a shorter examination consisting of 50 questions from the central test bank. This examination will be administered at the same location and dates as other candidates. All candidates who hold the REFP designation must complete an application prior to examination.

Candidates who are graduates of the Advanced Academy Certification program are automatically eligible to hold the certification without having to take the exam or pay the application fee. All graduates must complete an application prior to receiving the certification.