CITIZENS PLANNER CERTIFICATE (CPC)
As a neighborhood leader, you are a PERSON OF INFLUENCE with great responsibility for the success of your neighborhood organization. Being a neighborhood leader should be rewarding, after all, you are volunteering your time, talent, and skills to make your Neighborhood Planning Unit or association is stronger and your neighborhood a better place. EFFECTIVE NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERS are individuals who have the ability to inspire confidence and support among members and neighbors who are needed to achieve NPU / association goals. Our Citizens Planners Certificate (CPC) as a component of NPU University has the KEY ATTRIBUTES, SKILLS, AND KNOWLEDGE you may need to enhance your leadership skills and effectiveness.
The Citizens Planners Certificate (CPC) was developed for the most engaged residents and community leaders who are highly motivated to use every tool and resource available to them to facilitate positive neighborhood change. Interested individuals at all levels of experience may apply for the Citizens Planners Certificate (CPC) program.
This program is particularly valuable for:
Members of neighborhood groups, associations, or Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs)
Staff and boards of community development organizations/committees
Officers and residents representing neighborhood or community organizations.
Participants will hone the skills to develop and implement strategies that will:
· Increase the capacity of residents and other stakeholders to manage neighborhood change
· Increase residents’ confidence and participation in initiatives to shape their neighborhoods’ future
· Promote understanding of housing affordability principles (sparking questions)
· Strengthen relationships with the business community
· Support development of healthy, mixed-income neighborhoods
· Cultivate collaborations that promote and sustain revitalization
Applications are being accepted for enrollment in the Citizens Planners Certificate. (CPC) Please note courses taken in 2021 can be applied to new applications.
How to Apply?
Submit an application to NPU University via the link located here. Applications will not be accepted halfway through an NPU University school year which is July 1.
If you have questions, email Samantha Terry at npu-u@AtlantaGa.Gov.
The Citizens Planners Certificate (CPC) program consists of a series of courses that provide the theoretical framework, specialized tools, and technical skills necessary to design and carry out successful neighborhood growth and development. Students who earn the Citizens Planner Certificate are required to complete classes in four different tracks within a two-year period. To enroll, visit www.npuatlanta.org.
*Courses are currently being reviewed for American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) continuing credits. Courses are not currently eligible for certification maintenance.
Community Leadership – any 3 classes, or any 1 class and the Community Leadership Institute
CL1001 Chairpersons’ Annual Update, Training, and Orientation
CL1002 Elected Officers Orientation
CL1003.001 Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures
CL 1003.002 Parliamentary Procedures II: Managing Difficult Discussions or Hot Topics
CL1003.003 Parliamentary Procedures III: Membership has its Privileges
CL1003.004 Parliamentary Procedures IV: The Role of a Chairperson or Presiding Officer
CL1004.001 and CL1004.002 Community Leadership Institute* - Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Cohort
CL1005 Bylaws Clinic
CL1006 Election Integrity Clinic
Planning – P1004.001 and any 3 classes
P1004.001 Zoning Fundamentals I
P1004.002 Zoning Fundamentals II
P1004.003 Zoning Fundamentals Lab
P1005 Building Permits for Beginners
P1006 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
P1007 Introduction to Comprehensive Development Planning
P1008 Neighborhood Planning Series
P1009 Mobile Workshop
Civic Participation – CO1001 or CP1002, CP1008, and any 1 class
CP1001 The Legislative Process
CP1002 NPU 101: How Does the NPU System Work?
CP1003 Civic Participation for Seniors
CP1004 Civic Participation for Millennials
CP1005 Civic Responsibility and Engagement for Young Adults*
CP1006 Atlanta Community Engagement Playbook
CP1007 Funding Resources for Neighborhood Organizations
CP1008 Public Meetings
CP1009 Permitting Process & Participation
Community Development – CD1004.001 and any 2 classes
CD1001 Workforce Development
CD1002 Code Enforcement Academy*
CD1003 Housing Security Series
CD1003.001 Housing Security Series | Avoiding Housing Scams & Reducing Property Taxes
CD1003.002 Housing Security Series | Avoiding Foreclosure
CD1003.003 Housing Resources for Tenants
CD1004.001 Introduction to Invest Atlanta
CD1004.002 Understanding Workforce Housing and Affordability
CD1004.003 Density Matters/Neighborhood Revitalization
CD1004.004 Understanding Public Financing (TADs, bonds, NMTCs, LIHTC, etc.)
CD1005 Urban Plan Academy for Community Leaders - Summer