Certified Instructors

Each PMPEI course is taught by instructors who take an intensive 18-hour “Train-the-Trainer” course to prepare them to teach a specific course. A modest registration fee is charged, and applicants must agree to remain an instructor for two years. The goal of the training is to insure the quality and uniformity of instruction statewide.

To be eligible to become a Certified PMPEI Instructor an applicant must have a minimum of five years experience in Pennsylvania planning or land use regulation. Any background is acceptable, but the majority of instructors are professional planners. Persons experienced in municipal administration, zoning administration, attorneys, planning commissioners and zoning board members also are certified to teach courses.

At the “Train-the-Trainer” new instructors are not only prepared to teach the course content, but they also learn basic concepts of adult education and how to use a variety of techniques in their teaching. Each course uses exercises and problem-solving discussions to make them interesting and focused on real community planning issues.

PMPEI courses are team taught by two instructors certified to teach the course. Working as a team they bring varied points of views and experiences to the class and keep it interesting. Instructors are compensated for teaching, and they receive auto mileage and a meal allowance.

Train-the-Trainer classes are held on an “as needed basis,” but there is usually one class a year. For information about Train-the-Trainer check the website periodically.

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Upcoming Courses

2017 Courses

All classes are 10 hours. For information regarding class registration contact Terri Dickow tdickow@boroughs.org (800) 232-7722 ext. 1042.


Course in Community Planning


Lehigh CountySeptember 12, 19 & 26, 2017Lehigh Valley Planning Commission 961 Marcon Blvd. Ste.310, Allentown, PA
Contact: Tracey Oscavich - toscavich@lvpc.org or call 1-610-264-4544 to register
Dauphin County September 13, 20 & 27, 2017
Middletown Fire Company #88
10 Adelia St., Middletown, PA
Contact: Terri Dickow - tdickow@boroughs.org or 1-800-232-7722 ext. 1042 to register
Bucks CountySeptember 13, 20 & 27, 2017Delaware Valley University, Rm. 207 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown PA
Contact: Terri DIckow - tdickow@boroughs.org to register or call 1-800-232-7722 ext. 1042
Berks CountySeptember 7, 14 & 21, 2017Albright College
100 Roessner Hall
1940 N. 13th St.
Reading PA
Contact: Andrea Weist to register - aweist@albright.edu or 610-929-6503


Course in Zoning


Montgomery CountySeptember 12, 19 & 26, 2017Towamencin Township Meeting Hall
1090 Troxel Road
Landsdale, PA 19446
Contact: Rita McKelvey rmckelve@montcopa.org or 610-278-3753
For more information visit:www.montcopa.org/1458/The-Course-in-Zoning
Lehigh County October 4, 11 & 18, 2017Lehigh Valley Planning Commission 961 Marcon Blvd. Ste. 310, Allentown, PA
Contact: Tracy Oscavich - toscavich@lvpc.org or call 1-610-264-4544 to register
Bucks CountyOctober 3, 10 & 17, 2017Delaware Valley University Rm 207 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA
Contact: Terri D @ tdickow@boroughs.org or call :1-800-232-7722 ext. 1042
Crawford CountyOctober 2, 9 & 23, 2017Vernon Township Municipal Bldg. 16678 McMath Ave. Meadville, PA
Contact: Terri D @ tdickow@boroughs.org or call 1-800-232-7722 ext. 1042


Course in Subdivision & Land Development Review


Dauphin CountyOctober 12, 19 & 26, 2017Swatara Twp. 599 Eisenhower Blvd., Harrisburg, PA
Contact: Andrew Bomberger – abomberger@tcrpc-pa.org 717-234-2639 register on-line at www.tcrpc-pa.org/edtraining/
Chester County October 17, 24 & 31, 2017 2017Graduate Center, 1160 McDermott Dr., West Chester
Contact: William Stevens - info@2020.org or 484-680-5570 register on-line at www.cc2020.org
Lehigh County November 1, 8 & 15, 2017Lehigh Valley Planning Commission 961 Marcon Blvd. Ste. 310, Allentown, PA
Contact: Tracy Oscavich - toscavich@lvpc.org or call 610-264-4544 to register.


Course in Zoning Administration


Lancaster CountySeptember 7 & 14, 2017Lancaster Co. Public Safety Training Center 101 Champ Blvd. Manheim, PA
Contact: Gwen Newell - newell@co.lancaster.pa.us or 717-299-8333 to register
SPECIAL TIME: 10:00am-3:30pm


2017 Webinars

Webinar sessions on Elected Officials Role in Subdivision & Land Development Review, Duties of a Zoning Hearing Board & the Zoning Officer and The Benefits of an Effective Planning Commission are offered periodically. Check PSAB’s current webinar schedule at www.training.boroughs.org for more information and to register, or contact Ms. Terri Dickow at (800) 232-7722 ext. 1042 or TDickow@boroughs.org


Webinars run from 12 noon to 1:00 PM. For further information and registration contact Ms. Terri Dickow at (800) 232-7722 ext. 1042 or TDickow@boroughs.org


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