Accredited Airport Executive Program


Becoming an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) is a great way to command respect in the airport industry. Since 1954, AAAE has been committed to the advancement of aviation professionals by granting the A.A.E. designation to those who have demonstrated their ability to handle the responsibilities of airport management.  The program is open to Affiliate members of AAAE and IAAE. The Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) is a useful credential when seeking employment within the airport management profession. 

Candidates in the A.A.E. program will obtain the designation by completing a three step process - (1) a 180-question, multiple-choice examination; (2) a management research paper, case study, proctored essay examination, or proof of an advanced degree; and (3) a final interview with a panel of A.A.E.s.  You can complete the program in any order, but the final interview must be the final step.  There are no time limits for program completion; however, after five full years in the program, you must pay an administrative fee of $100 annually until the program has been completed.   Should you cancel your enrollment or fail to pay the $100 administrative fee, and wish to resume your program studies at a later date, you will need to pay a $250 re-enrollment fee.  
AAE Program Application
(Adobe PDF File)

*You must be an Affiliate member of AAAE or IAAE to enroll in the Accreditation Program.
Click here to join, if you are not an active Affiliate member.

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AAAE Personalized Certificate Frames

Promote your achievement as an Accredited Airport Executive, Certified Member, Airport Certified Employee, Airport Security Coordinator or Airport Rescue Fire Fighter with this prestigious collection of personalized frames from Church Hill Classics. Choose from a number of different frames or design your own. Each frame features museum-quality materials to protect and professionally display your AAAE certification. *New A.A.E.s can request a certificate at accreditation@aaae.org.



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