In the 1970s, it became apparent that an organization was needed to better the education and skills of the technician, meet the changing needs of the technician as well as employer, and provide a helping hand through encouragement to students in Atlantic Canada’s Planning Technician programs.

In September 1975, the Atlantic Association of Planning Technicians (AAPT) was formed. Its main objective was to promote and advance the interests, education, and experience of the Planning Technician.

In 1983, a new approach to skill upgrading was developed in conjunction with the Training Section of the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs. This involved the joint, three-day workshops that are today a strong part of the Association.  Originally affiliated with the Atlantic Planners Institute (API) the Association today continues to prove its strength by operating independently.

Since then the Planning industry has changed significantly and now has a strong emphasis on geomatics related technologies. In January of 2020, the Atlantic Association of Planning Technicians (AAPT) was officially renamed to the Atlantic Association of Geomatics and Planning (AAGP) in recognition of the ever-evolving industry.