Training and Re-training

Training and Registration

Town Planning (Urban and Regional Planning) training is in two parts – Educational and Professional. For people interested in town planning as a career, they must first acquire a post-primary education and qualification with credits in such subjects as Mathematics, English Language, Pure and Social Sciences. Then, such people will proceed to obtain either a Degree or Professional Diploma in Town Planning from a University or Polytechnic.

In addition, some Polytechnics offer Professional Diploma programmes in Town Planning for those with Higher National Diploma, who are eligible to be registered as Technologists. On the other hand, where there is no opportunity to attend these institutions, planning education can be acquired through training on the job.
To facilitate this, the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) in conjunction with the Town Planners Registration Council (TOPREC) conduct annually professional examination for this class of people.


  • Only students that undergone recommended amelioration programme in these institutions were granted recognition to register with the NITP and TOPREC. Details are available at the TOPREC Secretariat.
  • Inquiries of foreign institutions recognized / accredited could be obtained at the TOPREC Secretariat
  • List of accredited institutions are published from time to time but as a matter of policy TOPREC do not grant reciprocal accreditations therefore applicant whose institutions were not accredited during periods of study must write appropriate examination on inquiry from TOPREC before such persons could legally be employed or practice the profession in Nigeria. 2014

Full Registration

An applicant desirous of registration with  TOPREC shall be required to fulfill the following conditions:

Complete the prescribed application form after paying an application fee of ₦40,000.00 for professionals, ₦5,000.00 for technologists, and ₦3,000.00 for technicians or as may be specified by Council. For professional planning firms, application fee is ₦20,000.00 for Business Name, ₦30,000.00 for planning consultants and $1,000.00 for Foreign Firm.

Submit the completed application form and other requirements as may be prescribed in the respective forms or by the Council from time to time.

Sit for a prescribed one diet written Urban and Regional Planning examinations and oral interview that both test practice currency and proficiency for full professional membership registration.