Career Development Webinars

APA's Career Center offers planners a variety of webinars and workshops with practical tips on job search, career paths, and professional development issues for new and seasoned planners alike.

Upcoming Webinars

Writing a Better RFP: Get the Team – and the Results! Your Community Wants

September 22, 2023, | 3–4:30 pm ET

CM | 1.5

Join both consultants and public-sector staff who review proposals to learn best practices for developing RFPs, such as including essential information, defining the scope, creating budgets, reviewing proposals, interviewing, and selecting the consultant, and executing the contract. This program can benefit you as a planner in private practice, someone drafting RFPs, or someone going through the consultant selection process.


John Enos, AICP, Carlisle Wortman Associates, Inc.
Sara Kopriva, AICP, Beckett & Raeder, Inc
Brad Strader, AICP, PTP, C2G
Alissa Barber Torres, PhD, FAICP, CLTD, Orange County (FL) Transportation Planning Division


Previous Webinars

Getting Hired: Hear from a Hiring Manager

Gain insight into the process and gain confidence with tips on how best to prepare for a job interview. Learn tips on how to prepare for common interview questions. The panelists provide insights from their experience in a judgment-free zone.

Recording Coming Soon

Hosted by APA Women and Planning Division


Aimee Duffy, Director of Human Resources, at Design Workshop
Anna Laybourn, AICP, Principal at Design Workshop
Breanne Rothstein, AICP, Economic Development and Housing Director, City of Brooklyn Park, MN
Corrin Hoegen Wendell, AICP, Community Development Director, City of Little Canada, MN

It's Not Personal: Self-Care Tips to Avoid Burnout, Conflict, and Contentious Community Meetings

Planners are often required to handle highly emotional situations and face public criticism, which can cause a great deal of stress and lead to burnout. Self-care is therefore vital to a successful and fulfilling career in planning, yet it is not typically part of our professional education and training. This session works to remedy that by exploring the need to make self-care a core competency in the planning profession and how we can get started.

CM | 1.0

Recording Coming Soon


Heather Seyfarth, AICP

'SRC Presents' Webinar Series

This series explores the overlap between urban planning and its adjacent professions. Hosted by APA's Student Representative Council, these webinars feature change-makers in architecture, civil engineering, environmental studies, and political science to discuss how they apply planning principles in their fields, and where they believe future opportunities lie.

Previous 'SRC Presents' Webinars

Intersections: Civil Engineering and Planning

The session explores the education, skills, experiences, and current context of civil engineering and planning, as well as ethics, regulations, finances, and critical decision points for working together effectively.

Intersections: Architecture and Planning

This session delves into the critical decision drivers in each field and how to effectively collaborate. Topics include advice for emerging professionals on working in the field, education, skills, ethics, and the current context of architecture and planning.

Intersections: Environmental Science

The session explores the history, education, skills, and experiences, of planners working in environmental justice and justice-centered climate solutions. Discussion on how communities are finding ways to align environmental justice and planning with a look at the Green Recovery Agenda for the city of Chicago.


Chicago Climate Action Plan

Chicago Recovery Plan

Folded Map Project (Tonika Johnson)

Portland Climate Plan: Climate Action through Equity

Carbon Free Boston: Social Equity Report

Revolutionary Power: An Activist's Guide to the Energy Transition, Shalanda Baker

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council

An Urban Planner's Advice for Making Equity Your Focus, Carlton Eley, MSURP

Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government, Susan T Gooden

Environmental Justice Through Planning

Career Webinars in Passport

Jumpstart Your Equity Work Partnering with School Planners

This course aims to link school planning with the work of local government planners by providing greater insight, tools, and techniques into collaborating on school and traditional planning.

CM | 1.5
CM | 1.0 | Equity

Presented in partnership with APA's Public Schools Interest Group (PSIG)

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Planning Supervisor's Playbook Series, Part 1 and 2

The follow-up to the popular Planning Supervisors' Playbook Series, Part 1, Part 2 includes 3 interactive live sessions that go deeper into key managerial skills. Starting with the first session on honing communication skills in a telecommuting and hybrid world. In the second session examine biases to create a more inclusive workplace and in the final session consider new approaches to motivation and performance evaluations. The topics are tailored to those currently in supervisory positions or established in the profession of planning. CM | 4.5

Member Price: $90.00 per learner
Nonmember: $180.00 per learner