Master Citizen Planner Credentialing Program


The Master Citizen Planner (MCP) Program provides advanced skill development and a benchmark for continuing education among Michigan elected and appointed officials and citizen volunteers. The MCP program involves completing the Citizen Planner course of seven core sessions (in classroom or online), passing an examination, developing a capstone project, and meeting continuing education requirements. The MCP designation is an achievement recognized as the standard of excellence among planning officials and community leaders in Michigan, and participants who complete the MCP program receive incentives such as course discounts, exclusive training opportunities, and scholarships for annual conferences and regional training offered by partnering organizations.


The initial seven Citizen Planner courses may be completed in a classroom format in locations across Michigan or online. Once Master Citizen Planner status is achieved, continuing education credits may be completed in face-to-face workshops, webinars, online classes, or other methods.


Michigan elected and appointed officials and citizen volunteers.


MSU Extension, in partnership with the Michigan Association of Counties, the Michigan Association of Planning, the Michigan Municipal League, and the Michigan Townships Association.

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