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TOPREC is the acronym for the Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria, a statutory body established by Decree 3 of 1988 titled Town Planners (Registration, etc.), which has now become an Act of Parliament cited as CAP 431 LFN,1990 and CAP T7 LFN, 2004.

TOPREC was established by the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CAP T7, LFN 2004) to regulate and control the practice of the profession of physical planning in all its aspects and ramifications.

Mission


To ensure that only thorough-bred professionals are accredited, registered and eligible to practice, and provide the best services in the built environment commensurate with international set standards and human aspirations

Designation


A Registered Town Planner will be entitled to add after his/her name the designation 'Registered Town Planner' or RTP for short. Please obtain the following at TOPREC Secretariat:

  • Register of Town Planners (Those entitled to practice the profession in Nigeria).
  • Register of Approved Planning Firms in Nigeria.
  • Approved Syllabus for Training Institutions.

Certification


The registration of a Town Planner with the Registration Council shall be evidenced by the following:

  • Issuance of a Certificate of Registration jointly signed by the President and the Registrar and will bear the year of registration, serial number and registration number.
  • Publication of the names of Registered Town Planners in the gazette and at least two widely circulating National Dailies; or
  • Publication of register of Town Planners published annually by Council.

Principal Officers

The principal officers of Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria are as follows:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Committee Heads
  • Registrar 
  • Past President

Council Committee

The TOPREC constituted committees to enable it achieve its mandate. The Committees so constituted as follows:

  • 1. Disciplinary Committee
  • 2. Investigative Panel
  • 3. Visitation and Accreditation Committee
  • 4. Professional Practice Examinations Committee
  • 5. Membership Registration Committee
  • 6. Publication and Publicity Committee
  • 7. Professional Monitoring Committee
  • 8. Finance and General Purpose Committee

The Committees members, apart from carrying out functions relating to their sections also, initiate directional policies which are approved by Council, and then implementation by the Secretariat.

The TOPREC secretariat is headed by the President of Council while the Registrar serves as the Chief Operating and Accounting Officer, as well as the Secretary to Council. He oversees the day to day running of the secretariat and is charged by the Law to ensure its operation (Section 5 (1)


Statutory Responsibilities

The general duties of TOPREC among others include;

  • Determining who are town planners for the purposes of the Law
  • Determining what standards of knowledge and skills are to be attained by persons seeking to become members of the professional of town planning, and reviewing those standards from time to time as circumstances may require.
  • Securing, in attendance to the Law, the establishment and maintenance of a Register of persons entitled to practice the profession and its publication from time to time.
  • Regulating and controlling the practice of the profession in all its aspects and ramifications.
  • Maintaining, in accordance with the Law, appropriate conduct, discipline and order within the profession.
  • Performing such other functions which in its opinion are calculated to facilitate the carrying on of its activities under the enabling Law.

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Functions and General Duties.

The general duties of TOPREC among others include:

  • Determining who are town planners for the purposes of the Law
  • Determining what standards of knowledge and skills are to be attained by persons seeking to become members of the professional of town planning, and reviewing those standards from time to time as circumstances may require.
  • Securing, in attendance to the Law, the establishment and maintenance of a Register of persons entitled to practice the profession and its publication from time to time.
  • Regulating and controlling the practice of the profession in all its aspects and ramifications.
  • Maintaining, in accordance with the Law, appropriate conduct, discipline and order within the profession.
  • Performing such other functions which in its opinion are calculated to facilitate the carrying on of its activities under the enabling Law.

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.

The professional education is acquired through supervised exposure to the practice of Town Planning. A satisfactory completion of any of these two forms of training in Urban and Regional Planning guarantees corporate membership of the Nigeria Institute of Town Planners, and eligibility for registration by the Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria on application.

NOTE:

  • 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 ₦15,000.00 for Business Name, ₦30,000.00 for Limited Liability Company 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.

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