CNU Accreditation

In 2008, CNU launched a new accreditation program to recognize the talent within the New Urbanist movement for creating walkable, sustainable places. The purpose of this program is to elevate the practice of the principles of New Urbanism through professional accreditation and to develop the CNU Accreditation program as a premier standard of professional excellence in the design of the built environment.

Through a partnership with the University of Miami School of Architecture, CNU members and leading new urbanist, developed an online exam to test an individual’s knowledge of our core principles. The exam is offered three times a year, following a self-paced online course from the University of Miami titled, The Principles and Practice of New Urbanism, which provides preparation for the exam. A classroom-style course was also developed and is offered locally on-demand (contact for more information). The CNU-A exam may be taken separately from the course, and registration is independent.

Professionals who meet the requirements of accreditation will be recognized as CNU-Accredited. The accreditation credential can be used for business identification, reference criteria, and showing your commitment to the principles of New Urbanism.

Benefits of Accreditation

  • Provides a marketable credential to employers and clients
  • Listing on CNU Member Directory as CNU-Accredited
  • CNU-Accredited Professional Certificate

Requirements of Accreditation

  • Pass the CNU / University of Miami Exam
  • Maintain active CNU Membership status at an Urbanist level or higher
  • Attend CNU-approved educational event(s) annually (minimum 8 hours duration).

Accreditation Exam: Registration and Access

Session 15A: Exam registration is now closed.

Session 15A: Exam.
Exam Registration begins: February 17, 2015
Exam Registration concludes: March 10, 2015
Exam begins: May 21, 2015
Exam concludes: June 11, 2015

Session 15B: Exam.
Exam Registration begins: June 17, 2015
Exam Registration concludes: July 7, 2015
Exam begins: September 24, 2015
Exam concludes: October 8, 2015

University of Miami: Course Registration and Access

Session 15A: There will be no course for 15A. The next Principles and Practice of New Urbanism course will be offered in the summer of 2015.

Session 15B: Course.
Course Registration begins: June 17, 2015
Course Registration concludes: July 7, 2015
Course begins: July 9, 2015