If you are a PIA member you are probably aware we’ve been consulting over the past two years to understand what members think are the attributes that make a ‘great planner’ and how we can benchmark ourselves in an ever changing and professionally demanding world. Our ‘What makes a great planner’ member survey in 2014 told us that members think the following practice areas are essential for a professional planner:

  • Professionalism and integrity
  • Understanding, interpreting and using spatial thinking
  • Using a creative and integrative approach, drawing on a range of disciplines and methods
  • Communicating and engaging with stakeholders
  • Understanding and working with planning frameworks
  • Developing and applying technical knowledge

These practice areas are the foundation of our new membership grade - Registered Planner. The Registered Planner membership grade will replace the Certified Practicing Planner (CPP) grade and is designed to highlight the competency of PIA members as well as align our members with counterpart international organisations in the UK, USA and NZ as well as like professional bodies in Australia.

PIA CPP members are currently being invited to transition to Registered Planner using a special pathway which acknowledges their previous certification – it’s envisaged that the process will be open to all PIA members later in the year.


If you are interested in becoming one of Australia's first Registered Planners and hold a current PIA CPP membership please let us know and we will 'fast track' your participation. Transition into Registered Planner is free for current CPP members

All current PIA CPP's and previous holders of CPP will soon be invited to transition to Registered Planner - keep your eye on your inbox.

Where can I get further information?

Members can find further information on registered planner via


Call: 026262 5933

Read about PIA's evolution to Registered Planner

Registered Planner FAQ's

  • Contact PIA today
  • 02 6262 5933
  • 02 6292 9970
  • PO Box 5427 Kingston ACT 2604