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Certificates & Credits

CPTC workshops may offer credit for CPTC Certificates, MIIA municipal insurance and AICP certification maintenance. Credit available is noted on the individual workshop.

CPTC offers Level I and Level II certificates to participants who have completed the following workshops. Workshops are offered around the state in the fall and at the Spring Conference in Worcester.


  1. The Roles and Responsibilities of Planning and Boards of Appeals

And two of the following:

  1. Introduction to the Subdivision Control Law & ANR
  2. Introduction to the Zoning Act
  3. Writing Reasonable and Defensible Decisions

LEVEL II CERTIFICATE, Level I certificate and complete 3 of the following:

  1. Planning with Community Support (for planning boards only)
  2. Vested Rights and Non-conforming Structures, Lots and Uses
  3. Zoning Exemptions
  4. Special Permits & Variances

CPTC workshops designated “MIIA credit” entitle your city or town to credit under the MIIA Rewards Program towards public officials liability insurance. Attend non-MIIA Professional Liability training on training topics listed below. A member can receive non-MIIA training credit (.5%-1%) for each unique training topic.

CPTC Workshops qualifying for MIIA credit:

  • Roles and Responsibilities for Planning & Zoning Boards Part l & ll
  • Introduction to the Zoning Act
  • Introduction to the Subdivision Control Law and ANR
  • Non-Conforming Structures, Lots, Uses &Vested Rights
  • Planning & Zoning for Medical Marijuana
  • Special Permits and Variances
  • The Next Chapter 40B
  • Writing Reasonable & Defensible Decisions
  • Zoning Exceptions
  • Creating Master Plans
  • Economic Development in Small Towns
  • Planning With Community Support
  • Site Plan Review
  • How to Hold a Perfect Public Hearing
  • Traffic and Planning Boards – Addressing Resident Concerns
  • Planning with Community Support

AICP members can earn 1.5 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for each activity. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at Eligible CPTC workshops will be labeled AICP CM 1.5. Those labeled AICP pending CM 1.5 are workshops awaiting approval of AICP credit.