Frequently Asked Questions About CNU Accreditation
1. When can I register for the CNU / UM Accreditation Exam?
2. How do I register for the CNU / UM Accreditation Exam?
3. Is there a paper application available?
4. Are the registration deadlines firm?
5. How much does the current exam cost?
6. How do I transfer or cancel my exam appointment?
Examination7. When is the CNU / UM Accreditation Exam offered?
8. What is the current format for the Exam?
9. Is there a tutorial available for the Exam?
10. How do I prepare for the Exam?
11. How do I register for the University of Miami School of Architecture Course?
12. What happens if I miss my exam appointment?
13. What happens after I complete the Exam?
Maintenance14. What are the requirements of CNU Accreditation?
15. How do I maintain my CNU Accreditation status?
16. How will CNU track attendance?
17. How should I designate my credential?
18. How will my accreditation status be listed in the CNU Directory?
LEED-ND Connection19. How can CNU-A contribute to project certification under LEED-ND?
20. Where can I learn more about the optional innovation credit within LEED-ND?
21. As LEED-ND evolves, will CNU Accreditation continue to be option for achieving this credit?
Registration for the CNU / UM Accreditation exam is currently offered three times a year. For the upcoming registration dates, visit cnu.org/accreditation. The CNU Accreditation Candidate Guide contains the annual registration dates.
Registration is conducted online at cnu.org/accreditation. Sign in as a CNU member to start the process. See the CNU Accreditation Candidate Guide for step-by-step instructions.
No. CNU has developed a web-based application process that is user-friendly and reduces administrative costs.
Yes. The deadlines are very firm with no exceptions.
The exam costs $225. The fee covers the administrative costs of hosting, grading and running the CNU Accreditation program. It also funds future exam and program development.
Transfer or cancellation requests need to be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to CNU, re: Accreditation, 140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 404, Chicago, IL 60603. Candidates who submit a transfer or cancellation request may be charged an administrative fee, see the CNU Accreditation Candidate Guide for more details.
The CNU / UM Accreditation exam is currently offered online three times a year. For the upcoming exam access dates, check cnu.org/accreditation. The CNU Accreditation Candidate Guide contains the annual registration dates.
The CNU / University of Miami Accreditation exam is an online, computer-based test, but candidates do not need extensive computer experience to take the test. The exam is hosted by the University of Miami using the Moodle Course Management System.
The exam is comprised of 101 randomly delivered multiple choice and true and false questions, as well as two short answer questions. For more information and technical requirements, see the CNU Accreditation Candidate Guide.
Exam takers will receive an email from the University of Miami with login information and testing instructions. Please watch your spam filter for this email and contact the University immediately, if you don't receive it after the first day of the exam window.
Yes. A tutorial is available online at http://nuonline.arc.miami.edu
A recommended reading list has been developed for the exam, see below. In addition, the University of Miami School of Architecture offers a The Principles and Practice of New Urbanism course online three times a year.
- Charter of the New Urbanism, cnu.org/charter
- New Urbanism: Best Practices Guide, 4th edition, by Robert Steuteville, Philip Langdon, et. al. (Ithaca, NY: New Urban Publications, 2009).
- Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck (New York: North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000).
- Sustainable Street Network Principles by CNU Project for Transportation Reform (2012).
The The Principles and Practice of New Urbanism course is currently offered online three times a year. Course registration is separate from the CNU / University of Miami Accreditation exam registration, visit nuonline.arc.miami.edu for more information.
The course fee is $300 for CNU members and $335 for non-memebers. The course fee includes 90-days of access to the course, one-month access to the final exam and a Certificate of Completion from the University of Miami.
Candidates who fail to take the exam during their scheduled testing window will forfeit all registration fees.
You will receive an email notification regarding your accreditation status from the University of Miami four to six weeks after the exam access window closes. If you have passed the exam and met the other requirements for accreditation, you will receive your certificate and informational packet in the mail.
A CNU accredited professional is a CNU member who has passed the accreditation exam and continues to advance their understanding of the practice and principles of New Urbanism by regularly attending educational events. The requirements of CNU Accreditation are:
- Pass the CNU / University of Miami Accreditation Exam
- Maintain active CNU Membership status
- Attend CNU-approved educational event(s) annually (minimum 8 hours duration). A CNU-approved educational event includes events hosted by CNU, a CNU chapter, or a CNU-A Continuing Education Provider
CNU reserves the right in the future to require recertification and continuing education. As the CNU Accreditation program advances, the requirements will be strengthened.
To claim CNU Accreditation as a professional designation, members must be in good standing. To maintain good standing, a CNU member must:
- Pay annual CNU member dues for the Urbanist level or higher; and
- Satisfy the continuing education requirements by attending 8-hours of CNU approved educational events per year.
A CNU accredited professional who fails to satisfy the above requirements becomes a lapsed accredited professional. For more information, see the CNU Accreditation Candidate Guide.
CNU accredited professionals are required to attend at least one CNU approved educational event (minimum one day duration) every year. CNU will conduct a yearly audit of a random sample of members to check for compliance. Members are asked to track their attendance at required events and make this documentation available if audited. For more information, see the CNU Accreditation Candidate Guide.
The appropriate way to designate the credential is CNU-Accredited or CNU-A.
CNU Accredited professionals will be listed as CNU-Accredited in the CNU Member Directory at www.cnu.org .
Within LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development, there is an optional credit, Innovation and Design Process Credit 2: LEED Accredited Professional, where a project can receive an additional point if one of the principal project team members is credentialed by one of the three partner organizations (CNU, USGBC, or Smart Growth.) If pursuing the CNU option, achieving CNU Accreditation is one of a number of ways for fulfilling the credit. Download an excerpt from the LEED Reference Guide for Green Neighborhood Development on this credit here. **This credit will be available until LEED-ND 2012 is published.
See page 108 of the LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development rating system. Also download an excerpt on this credit (p455-458) from the Reference Guide or consider purchasing the full LEED Reference Guide for Green Neighborhood Development to learn about all of the prerequisites and credits.
USGBC has recently developed and launched a new professional accreditation program, LEED AP Neighborhood Development, specifically designed to credential professionals participating in the design and development of neighborhoods that meet accepted high levels of environmentally responsible, sustainable development. When LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development was created, this LEED AP ND credential did not yet exist and the Innovation and Design Process Credit 2: LEED Accredited Professional was drafted to reflect the professional abilities within all three partner organizations (USGBC, Smart Growth, and CNU).
Like other LEED rating systems, LEED-ND will be updated on a regular basis to better reflect the leading practices in the field and to address implementation concerns. In 2012, when the next version of LEED-ND is anticipated, the Innovation and Design Process Credit 2: LEED Accredited Professional will likely be rewritten to reflect the new LEED AP ND credential and achieving the credential will likely be the only way to achieving this optional credit.