The PAB is jointly sponsored by ACSP (the organization of planning professors), the American Planning Association (the organization of professional planners), and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners. The PAB's mission is to ensure high quality education for future urban planners. Accredited programs must meet strict standards developed collaboratively by both practicing planners and planning academicians. Not all accredited schools teach the same courses or emphasize the same subjects–in fact, the differences between the schools appeal to different student interests. But the curriculum at all accredited schools provides a core set of theories, methods, and techniques which properly prepare students for a career as a practicing planner.
For more information about the Planning Accreditation Board, www.planningaccreditationboard.org