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.
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.
The responsibilities of TOPREC includes:
- Determine who is a town planner for the purpose of the law.
- Determine what standards of knowledge and skill to be attained by persons seeking to become member of the profession and reviewing those standards from time to time as circumstances may require
- Secure in accordance with the law, the establishment and maintenance of a register of persons entitled to practice the profession
- Regulate and control the practice of the profession in all its aspects and ramifications.
- Maintain discipline in accordance with the law
- Perform such other functions which in council’s opinion are calculated to facilitate the carrying on of its activities under the law.
Jobs directly related to Town Planning degree include:
- Facilities manager
- Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
- Housing manager/officer
- Local government officer
- Town planner
- Transport planner
Jobs where Town Planning degree would be useful include:
- Building surveyor
- Civil Service administrator
- Community development worker
- Environmental manager
- Estate agent
- Landscape architect
- Planning and development surveyor
- Sustainability consultant