Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Finance Virtual Training

December 6-9, 2021 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST Daily | Live ONLINE Training


The Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Finance virtual series is an overview of the study materials designed to educate and challenge airport personnel with responsibilities for the financial operations at commercial service and general aviation airports or anyone interested in a related career.

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Please noteEnrollment to the course does not include the ACE Finance Program Fee. In order to take the final examination, you must register for the ACE Finance Program Fee separately. 

We are pleased to offer a $100 discounted rate on the ACE Finance Program Fee as part of the Virtual Training purchase. You will see the discount information as you complete the registration process.

The delivery method of this course is group internet based and the program level is basic. No prerequisites and/or advance preparation is required. The full course provides 24 CPEs. 

The American Association of Airport Executives is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

For more information, questions or complaints, contact Holly Ackerman with AAAE.


This virtual training is $1,300 for the training course which does not include the Program Fee.

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Need to register offline? Download the registration form and send to once complete.

Do not miss our special rate of $410 for the ACE Finance Program Fee. 
*You MUST  submit the ACE Finance Program Fee to take the final certification exam.

Questions? Contact Cathy Haggerty at 703.797.9009.


Session Date/Dates Between
December 6
10:00 am—5:00 pm

Day 1

Module 1: The Airport Fiscal Environment: 1) Course Introduction; 2) The Birth of Commercial Aviation and Funding; 3) The National Air Transportation System; 4) Airport Facilities (The Airfield); 5) Airport Facilities (Aircraft Parking and the Terminal); 6) The Airline Industry Deregulation; 7) Airport Sponsor Governance; 7) Federal Policies, Grant Assurances, and Programs ////// Module 2: Operating, Budgeting, Accounting, and Reporting: 1) Methods of Accounting and FAA programs Rules for Financial Reporting; 2) Enterprise Resource Planning; 3) Budgeting, Financial Reporting, and Audit Report; 4) Auditing Process; 5) Annual Financial Reports, FAA AIP Grant Reports, and PFC Reports; 6) FAA Forms 126 and 127

12/6/2021 10:00:00 AM12/6/2021 5:00:00 PM
December 7
10:00 am—5:00 pm

Day 2

Module 3: Airport Capital Development Physical Planning Process; Internal Airport Capital Improvement Program FAA Airport Capital Improvement Program and PFC’s; Airport Equity, Customer Facility Charges, and Other Funding Sources; The Debt Funding Process and Key Documents; Non-Airline Revenues and Economic Impact Studies; Terminal Concession Agreements; Types of Concession Agreements and ACDBE Requirements

12/7/2021 10:00:00 AM12/7/2021 5:00:00 PM
December 8
10:00 am—5:00 pm

Day 3

Module 4: Non-Airline Agreements and Commercial Development Parking Revenues and Types of Management Parking Management RFP’s and Ground Transportation Rental Car Concessions and Advertising Agreements FBOs and SASOs and Minimum Standards Land Development, Land Releases, and Development Standards

12/8/2021 10:00:00 AM12/8/2021 5:00:00 PM
December 9
10:00 am—5:00 pm

Day 4

Module 5: Airline Use and Lease Agreements Historical Context and Grant Assurances FAA Revenue Policies, Competition, and Case Law Cost Accounting and Airline Rates, Rate Methodologies Rate Methodologies (cont.), Other Provisions, and Negotiation Process Final Review and Q&A

12/9/2021 10:00:00 AM12/9/2021 5:00:00 PM


Mr. Douglas P. Joest

Aviation Consultant
Aviation Management Consulting Group
Orlando, FL

Doug has approximately 35 years of aviation management experience, which includes management positions of FBO Treasurer and Chief Administrative Officer, Airport Authority Board Member, Airport CFO, and Airport Executive Director. In addition, he has substantial financial and accounting experience outside of the aviation industry. Doug is past president and board member of Aviation Indiana and a member of AAAE. He previously served on the Indiana Governor’s Blue Ribbon Transportation Infrastructure Panel and was the 2015 Executive in Residence at the Romain College of Business at the University of Southern Indiana. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Indiana and is an instrument rated private pilot. Doug’s most recent experience was serving as the Executive Director of the Evansville Vanderburgh Airport Authority (“EVAAD”). Prior to being promoted to the Executive Director position, he served as the Authority’s Treasurer and CFO. At EVAAD his experience included the development of aeronautical and non-aeronautical properties, management of large construction projects, air service development, and active involvement in regional economic development efforts. Previous to joining the Authority’s staff, he served as a member of the EVAAD board of directors for five years. Doug’s experience includes 13 years as the Treasurer and Chief Administrative Officer of Tri-State Aero, Inc., a full service FBO. His other finance and accounting experience includes large publicly held companies, as well as a small closely held business. Doug learned to fly while attending high school and put himself through college working in the line service department of an FBO.