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 14C: Exam registration now closed.

Session 14C: Exam.
Exam Registration begins: October 14, 2014
Exam Registration concludes: November 4, 2014
Exam begins: January 22, 2015
Exam concludes: February 12, 2015

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University of Miami: Course Registration and Access

Session 14C: Course Registration is now closed.

Session 14C: Course.
Course Registration begins: October 14, 2014
Course Registration concludes: November 4, 2014
Course begins: November 5, 2014