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 15B: Exam registration is now open.

Exam 15B: Exam.
Exam Registration begins: June 17, 2015
Exam Registration concludes: August 31, 2015
Exam begins: September 24, 2015
Exam concludes: October 8, 2015

Session 15C: Exam.
Exam Registration begins: October 13, 2015
Exam Registration concludes: November 11, 2015
Exam begins: January 21, 2016
Exam concludes: February 11, 2016

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University of Miami: Course Registration and Access

The 15B session of the Principles an Practice of New Urbanism course offered through the University of Miami School of Architecture has been cancelled as we continue to refine and update both the course and exam. Registration will open for the 15C course on October 13, 2015.

Session 15C: Course.
Course Registration begins: October 13, 2015
Course Registration concludes: November 11, 2015
Course begins: November 12, 2015