Certificate Programs

Several consortiums of planning, educational, and civic groups have initiated “Certificate Programs” to enhance the education of local planning and zoning officials. Each group sponsors three PMPEI courses annually (Planning, Zoning, Subdivision/Land Development Review). An attendee who completes the three courses in a two-year period is eligible for a special Certificate for their achievement.

Currently there are three certificate programs:

Over the years these certificate programs have been available, they have certificated hundreds of “master planners” who have become the leaders of local planning in their communities. Usually there is some special event or award ceremony by the sponsoring group to acknowledge the achievement of these individuals.

Setting up a certificate program is not difficult. The first step is to enlist the partners who will sponsor the program. Usually they will have a common civic or educational mission. Potential partners might be local and county planning commissions, boards of elected officials, schools and colleges, PA-APA Sections, consultants, and businesses.

Second is the commitment to sponsor three courses a year and share the initial financial responsibility. Registration fees can be set at a level to make the program self-sustaining. Aside from the usual logistics of a sponsored PMPEI course, the consortium must have a record-keeping system to keep track of individuals who have completed courses to determine if they are eligible for a certificate. In planning a certificate program the sponsors should consider how they will recognize those who have made the educational commitment and earned a certificate.

PMPEI can provide assistance is setting up a Certificate Program.

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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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