CNU Accreditation

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CNU has established a professional accreditation program to recognize the talent within the New Urbanist movement for creating walkable, sustainable places. The purpose 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.

CNU has partnered with the University of Miami School of Architecture to launch the first phase of this program using an online exam developed by leading new urbanist experts. Professionals can take the exam online during three access windows that will be scheduled each year. The CNU Accreditation program will be frequently updated to reflect the depth of New Urbanist knowledge and practice.

Professionals who meet the requirements of accreditation will be recognized as CNU-Accredited or CNU-A. The accreditation credential can be used for business identification, reference criteria.

The University of Miami administers the CNU-Accreditation exam, but registration is required through the CNU.

For more information about CNU-Accreditation, visit the CNU website.

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).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to take the NUO course to be eligible for CNU-Accreditation?
    • No, the NUO course is not required.
  • Can I take the exam any time?
    • No, the CNU Exam follows the same schedule as the NUO course. There are three sessions per year.

Follow the link for more information about CNU-A Continuing Education Partners.

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Contact us at or 305.284.4420.

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