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Founded in 1994, the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP) credentials full-time, experienced educational consultants and school-based college counselors. The Certified Educational Planner (CEP)™ designation recognizes those professionals who have achieved the highest level of competence and knowledge in the educational counseling profession.

To be awarded the CEP™ credential, individuals must meet substantial educational and experiential requirements and then pass a rigorous board-certifying assessment. To retain the credential, CEPs must continue to conduct evaluative campus or site visits and participate in specified professional development activities to meet recertification requirements every five years.

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Chris Bell, MS, CEP

AICEP Commission Chair

Jake Weld

AICEP Commission Vice-Chair

Certified Educational Planners in the news:

CEP Laurie Kopp Weingarten strikes again! See her here in a video or here for an article on grade inflation.

--May 2024

Jessica Chermak published an opinion piece in USA Today on April 12, 2024, titled, "Why the college application process isn't adding up for students - and how to help them". You can read it here.

Laurie Kopp Weingarten and Joan Koven, both CEPs, were recently interviewed and quoted in the Washington Post for an article about the trend towards the return of standardized tests. See "The SAT's slow revival is stressing everyone out", by Hannah Natanson and Susan Svrluga, The Washington Post, March 19, 2024. 

Laurie was also interviewed on air by NewsNation on the same topic

--March 2024

Pamela Jobin, M. Ed., CEP, was honored with the 2021 Steven R. Antonoff Award, for her dedication to the profession, the highest annual award presented by the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

--Spring, 2021

Certified Educational Planner, Judi Robinovitz, was interviewed on WPTV Chanel 5 in Florida, answering questions about the evolving college admissions landscape. 

--March 3, 2021

Dr. Bari Norman, CEP, was interviewed by Al Roker on the Today Show, answering questions on how the coronavirus will impact college admissions in the next year.              

--April 14, 2020

AICEP Commissioner, Dr. Erin Avery, CEP, announced the publication of her new book, The College Labyrinth: A Mindful Admissions Approach. An important book for families and professionals alike at a critical time in American higher education, Dr. Avery’s approach is a welcome guiding companion.

--March 28, 2020

Stephanie Meade, CEP, was featured in the Inspiration Rising podcast series on How a Certified Educational Planner Can Give Your Student a Collegiate Edge.

--January, 2020


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