Planning requires knowledge in diverse fields including community design, economics, architecture, engineering, social sciences, ecology and geography, as well as physical environment design skills. For this reason, planners come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. Many have a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (B.Sc.) degree in planning or a related discipline such as urban studies, engineering, architecture, geography, forestry or economics.
Community planners who wish to become Registered Professional Planners must have at least a 4-year bachelor's degree and a prescribed number of years of professional planning experience. For more information about certification and for a list of accredited planning degree programs available across Canada, visit the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) website.
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