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ALEP Renewal: Dues and Accreditation

Starting in March 2017 a new system to track your continuing education hours will be in place. Due to this upgrade in services, 2017 dues and 2016 accreditation materials will be collected in March. Please be sure that your 2016 dues are paid.

The Association for Learning Environments is announcing the next evolution in professional excellence within the educational facilities industry. We are taking a step forward with our Certified Educational Facility Planner (CEFP) program. Synonymous with the name of our association, the program has been an organizational initiative that began in the 1980's with the association's Recognized Educational Facility Planner (REFP). Through continual development, research, and state-of-the-art content development, the REFP evolved into "CEFP".

Today, after years of assessment and refinement, The Commission, which governs the CEFP credential, and A4LE are announcing the most comprehensive professional program in the educational facility industry, the Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP).

The ALEP will replace the Association's current certification program and all of those who have earned that designation, will matriculate into the new ALEP program. New certificates are being created and will be ready for distribution in November. You may begin using the new letters immediately.

A4LE and the Commission will begin accepting candidates for the new, more inclusive ALEP program beginning in October 2015. The Commission has been working to revise the application process, align the standards to 21st century teaching and learning ideals, and incorporating the most current and relevant information regarding the school facility industry in the core areas of our membership. Like the associations credentials in earlier eras, the ALEP is the industry standard for all professionals engaged in planning, designing, operating, maintaining, and equipping learning environments at all levels of education.

The credential is changing to reflect the Association's inclusiveness of every facet in the educational facility industry. The association is now embracing more disciplines and professions than ever before, and our content catalog now allows the planners and professionals within the field to have one organization that they can turn to as a resource. There will be a new study program, source material, continuing education requirements, and a comprehensive examination in order to become an ALEP. It will be rigorous, but will also continue (like the current certification program) to be the standard bearer for excellence.

The ALEP credentialing program is one way, of many, that A4LE is evolving to be the "go to" organization in the educational facility community.

The Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP) designation is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and identify those in the educational environment industry who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of educational facility planning. The ALEP program stands as a mark of excellence and has been developed to reflect the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a competent educational facilities planner.

The ALEP program is geared towards educational facility planning practitioners, who have a vested interest in advancing their profession and the industry.

Earning the ALEP credential is the hallmark of a committed educational facility planner. It helps drive professional self-confidence, opens doors, creates connections, and offers widespread value and recognition for candidates.

Who should become a ALEP?

The ALEP program is geared towards educational facility planning practitioners, who have a vested interest in advancing their profession and the industry.

What are the benefits?

Earning the ALEP credential is the hallmark of a committed educational facility planner. It helps drive professional self-confidence, opens doors, creates connections, and offers widespread value and recognition for candidates.

How can I obtain the ALEP?

Earning and maintaining the ALEP is a three-part process. Candidates must first meet eligibility requirements and submit an application. The next step is to sit for, and pass the ALEP exam. Once a candidate has earned the credential they must maintain it by fulfilling certification renewal requirements every three years, as well as maintain minimum continuing education units each year. If you currently hold the designation of REFP (Recognized Educational Facility Planner), you are automatically eligible to sit for an abbreviated ALEP exam upon completing the application process.

How am I eligible for the ALEP?

A combination of formal education, professional experience, and portfolio of your work, will determine your eligibility. To find out the specific requirements, click here.

What are the fees?

There will be a schedule of fees to apply for the program as well as a recertification and maintenance fee payable each year. When the recertification is due, no additional fee will be required as long as the yearly fee is current. Click here to view the fee schedule.

How do I get started?

To apply for eligibility for the ALEP exam and designation, complete the ALEP application.  Please contact Janell Weihs for interest in the 2016 test schedule.

Who holds the ALEP designation?

195 industry professionals from around the world hold the certification as of June 2017. Regionally, the breakdown is as follows:

Australia and At Large
8
Midwest Great Lakes 38
Northeast 41
Pacific Northwest 19
Southeast 29
Southern 33
Southwest 27

For a complete listing of the current ALEP's, please click here.

For Certification Renewal Policy, please click here.