About PSB

The Professional Standards Board for the Planning Profession in Canada (PSB) operates the "Certification and Accreditation Administrative Services Program" (CAASP) for the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Provincial/Territorial Institutes and Associations (PTIAs). The services provided to our clients under the program include:


  • Assessment of applications for PSB's processes and eligibility for Candidate membership in CIP and the PTIAs
  • Verification of mentorship and sponsorship of work experience
  • Delivery of courses and examinations leading to credentialing as a professional planner

Accreditation of University Academic Planning Programs:

  • Administering accreditation reviews of university planning degree programs based on the accreditation program principles, policies and administrative arrangements

PSB is an independent organization, incorporated under the laws of Canada, and governed by its own Board of Directors.  We operate under shared services agreements with CIP and the six participating PTIAs, according to guidelines determined as part of the Planning for the Future (PFF) project.

Our founding members are:

  • Canadian Institute of Planners/Institut canadien des urbanistes
  • Atlantic Planners Institute/Institut des urbanistes de l’Atlantique
  • Ontario Professional Planners Institute/Institut des planificateurs professionnels de l’Ontario
  • Manitoba Professional Planners Institute
  • Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute
  • Alberta Professional Planners Institute
  • Planning Institute of British Columbia

In addition to its Board of Directors, PSB has two Committees that play a vital role in service delivery:

  • Professional Education and Examination Committee (dealing with matters of direct concern to Candidate members)
  • Accreditation Program Committee (managing the accreditation of Canadian university planning programs)

PSB works closely with its Members to deliver our services in a timely manner.  If you have any comments or suggestions on your experience with PSB, or questions about our operation, please contact our Executive Director.