Program Prerequisites

To establish a common starting point in local planning and zoning knowledge, all registrants must successfully complete all seven modules in the classroom- and/or online-based MSUE Michigan Citizen Planner Fundamentals of Planning & Zoning Program, before they are eligible to receive a certificate of completion for the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program.

Registrants are strongly urged to complete the Citizen Planner Program BEFORE the ZAC Program begins, but we will hold the completion certificates for six months after the training takes place if a zoning administrator has NOT YET completed the Citizen Planner Program—in order to give them time to complete the program.


The only exemptions from this prerequisite are:

  1. For professional planners who have received their American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification, AND have served as a zoning administrator for two or more years; OR
  2. Professional planners who have received their AICP certification, AND have acted as a zoning consultant (public or private sector) for four or more years.

Each case will be examined separately following review of materials submitted by the planner.

Questions about Prerequisites

Questions about ZAC Program Prerequisites can be directed to Jason Cox at or call the Planning & Zoning Center at (517) 432-2222.

List of Michigan Citizen Planner Training Opportunities

Here is a list of upcoming training opportunities to help you meet the ZAC Program Prerequisite.

Citizen Planner Webinar Training Series

Dates: Nov. 29–Dec. 13, 2017 (Weekdays: 11/29, 12/1, 12/4, 12/6, 12/8, 12/11, 12/13)
Time: 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Registration: Forthcoming.

This training is presented in a live presentation format viewed conveniently from your work or home computer!

Classroom-Based Trainings

Livingston County Program

Dates: Wednesdays: Oct. 11–Dec. 13, 2017 (non-consecutive).
Time: 6–9 p.m.
Location: Livingston County Public Safety Complex, Howell, MI.
Registration: Available Online.

Citizen Planner Online Program: New and Improved 

Dates: Available seven days a week
Times: 24 hours/day, whatever works best for you

More information, including registration details, is available online.

Michigan Citizen Planner Program Contact

Michigan Citizen Planner is administered separately from the ZAC Program. For further information, contact Janean Danca, MSUE Citizen Planner Coordinator, or call (269) 657-8213.

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