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Certified Member (C.M.) Virtual Training

On Demand | Online


Prepare to successfully pass the multiple-choice exam and the final interview to earn your C.M. or A.A.E. designation by attending this dynamic virtual training on-demand. The training will cover the most difficult areas of the C.M. modules. Registrants will receive the recordings and presentations that can be watched as many times as they want. This training does not replace the Loretta Scott, A.A.E., Accreditation/Certification Academy but can be a great resource to help you prepare for the course.

Please noteTo earn your C.M. designation you must arrange to take the C.M. exam, separate from this training. For that you need to be a AAAE member and enrolled in the C.M. Program. Enrollment to any of the sessions or the full series does not include the C.M. program fee or membership.


This virtual training is $850 for the full series of 10 sessions or $95 for an individual session. Register now!

Questions? Contact Amy Calliari at 703.578.2506.


Session Date/Dates Between

C.M. Virtual Training Part 1

Module 1 - Airport Historical Context; Ownership & Organization, and Grant Assurances. The success of an airport is dependent upon its ownership (i.e., the Sponsor) and operating structure. This session discusses the Airport Sponsor's role. It notes the advantages and disadvantages of those airports operated by a municipality and those operated by an authority. This section also discusses privatization. Grant assurances are the unofficial "regulations," of any AIP funded airport and provide the basis for many Part 16 complaints. This session addresses the critical grant assurances used throughout the C.M. Modules.


C.M. Virtual Training Part 2

Module 1 - Airport Revenue, Finance & Budgets, and the AIP Process. The setting of fees, rates, and charges is an essential function at any airport. Still, there are selective FAA rules to be followed when setting rates for aeronautical vs. non-aeronautical use activities. The premise of watching money is the understanding that airport executives cannot provide a safe, secure, and efficient environment without having the funds to do so. Also discussed is the Airport Improvement Program, along with Passenger Facility Charges and other forms of airport capital funds.


C.M. Virtual Training Part 3

Module 2 - Airport Master Planning and Airfield Design. The airport Master Plan is the blueprint for the development of the airport into the future. It often forms the basis of marketing strategies and other business plans for the airport. The Master Plan is the community's opportunity to provide their input about the future of the airport. This session also addresses essential airfield design components such as runway, taxiway, and apron design, the Imaginary Surfaces, and protected areas around the runway.


C.M. Virtual Training Part 4

Module 2 - Terminal Planning. The passenger experience has become a center of focus for many airport executives as happy passengers tend to spend more money on concessions, and airports rank higher in customer surveys. A positive passenger experience begins by following solid terminal planning principles and understanding the needs of the passenger. Protection of airspace is also addressed.


C.M. Virtual Training Part 5

Module 2 - Air Traffic Control and Environmental Laws and Requirements. The environmental process touches every component of an airport's operation. This session addresses the FAA regulated environmental process for any AIP funded project, and the operational requirements of an airport to have spill plans, stormwater plans, and emergency response plans. This session discusses the fundamentals of air traffic control and the national airspace system.


C.M. Virtual Training Part 6

Module 3 - Airport Operations. This session focuses exclusively on Title 14 CFR part 139, the critical commercial airport safety regulation, the Airport Operating Certificate and Airport Certification Manual, and the associated airfield maintenance requirements. The self-inspection process is a primary focus of this session, including pavement inspection, airfield signs-markings-lighting and airfield navigational aids.


C.M. Virtual Training Part 7

Module 3 - Airport Operations. Specifically addressed are the safety programs required of commercial airport operators, including the Snow and Ice Control Plan, the Wildlife Hazard Management Plan, Ground Vehicle and Pedestrians on the airfield, operational considerations and practices and Construction Management Safety Plans.


C.M. Virtual Training Part 8

Module 3 - Airport Emergency Plans, UAV's and Aviation Security. This session discusses the requirements of the Airport Emergency Plan, the airport operations center concept, and UAV operators. Also addressed is Title 49 CFR Part 1542, the regulations for airport security.


C.M. Virtual Training Part 9

Module 4 - Airport Stakeholders, Community Relations and Noise abatement. The success of an airport executive often depends on the relationships they have with their stakeholders. Theoretically, anyone can be a stakeholder, but the key contacts are with the members of the airport board, the tenants, other government agencies, and the customer. This session also addresses other avenues of airport revenue, industry trends, the basics of airport marketing, and why it is unique. Noise is often one of the most sensitive issues at an airport. The session will also address the part 150 study and the challenges in noise abatement management and mitigation strategies.


C.M. Virtual Training Session 10

Module 4 - Air Service Development and Public Relations. At a commercial service airport, the air carrier is the "whale," the significant tenant that provides much of the revenue stream for the airport. This session addresses strategies to attract and retain air carrier service. Also discussed is the critical role of public information in a crisis.



Mr. Jeffrey C. Price, C.M.

Owner, Leading Edge Strategies / Professor, MSU Denver
Leading Edge Strategies
Arvada, CO

Jeff Price is a Professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science, and the owner of Leading Edge Strategies, an airport management training company. He is considered one of the leading experts in the world in aviation security and airport safety. He is the former assistant security director at Denver International Airport, and former Airport Director of Jefferson County Airport, in Colorado (now known as Rocky Mountain Metro Airport). Jeff began his professional career as a U.S. Coast Guard Officer. He entered airport management in the Operations Department at Stapleton International Airport in 1992, where he later developed the airfield manager training programs for DEN; he was part of opening the Denver International Airport. At Jeffco Airport he served as the Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Property Management prior to being appointed the airport manager. He also served on the Colorado Aeronautics Board. Highlights and Achievements • Has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Professional Pilot from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, and is a commercial/instrument rated pilot. • Jeff has authored two books: -Practical Aviation Security: Predicting and Preventing Future Threats, which is the leading textbook in the industry on the subject and now in its 3rd edition. -Practical Airport Operations, Safety and Emergency Management: Protocols for Today and the Future (published 2016). • The lead Airport Security Coordinator trainer for the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), he authored Airport Certified Employee (ACE)-Security program. • Jeff is the lead author of AAAE's Certified Member (C.M.) body of foundational knowledge for an individual to become an Accredited Airport Executive. • A certified trainer by both the Anthony Robbins Company and the FranklinCovey Corporation. -Under these companies, Jeff has trained over 2,000 Airport Security Coordinators, 800+ TSA Transportation Security Inspectors and thousands of others in airport management, emergency management and airport operations. • Jeff is a Certified Protection Professional (C.P.P.) through the American Society of Industrial Security. • Through the American Board of Certification in Homeland Security, Jeff is a Certified Aviation Security Professional (C.A.S.) and Certified Homeland Security - Level II member (CHS-II). Education: BS, Professional Pilot, Metropolitan State College of Denver, 1988 MA, Education, Colorado Christian University, 1996 Positions Held: Airport Manager, Jefferson County Airport, Colorado, 1999-2002, Assistant Security Director, Denver International Airport, 1995-1998, Intelligence Officer, USCG 1990-1992.