Planning Courses

PLEASE NOTE: The Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI), from which we typically sponsor our annual courses, has postponed all 2020 core planning courses due to the pandemic. We hope things will be more stabilized in 2021, so we can once again sponsor these informative courses, which help to enable local leaders and citizens to better plan for the future of their community.
We offer municipal training to our 62 municipalities by sponsoring planning courses. These in-depth courses are designed to primarily help municipal planners, planning commission members, and other local officials understand and accomplish the responsibilities involved with their role in the community. All courses are taught in three sessions.

The courses were developed by the Pennsylvania Planning Association (PPA) and Penn State Extension Service through their training agency, the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI), and are taught by certified PMPEI instructors. Each course is limited to 25 persons, and preregistration is required. The registration fee is $110 per person. Municipal officials and staff from municipalities with a current planning assistance contract with MCPC are eligible for a discounted rate of $90 (click here to view eligible municipalities).

The PMPEI is an approved provider of continuing education credits for the following: registered landscape architects, attorneys (PA Continuing Legal Education Board), engineers, land surveyors, professional geologists, and uniform construction code officials. Additional fees apply to those seeking continuing education credit. Contact Rita McKelvey at 610-278-3753 for additional information.


Additional Education Opportunities

If you are unable to attend one of our courses, there are opportunities to attend in other areas throughout our region.
The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association provides excellent information on educational opportunities for municipal officials.