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Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Security Virtual Training

On Demand - 6 sessions, 2 hours each


Get the most critically important updates on the ACE Security body of knowledge during this dynamic virtual training. Updates include information on public area security, insider threats, TSA screening checkpoint changes, airport identification badge credentialing process updates, changes in TSA policy and procedures, and incorporating active shooter plans into your Airport Security Program. The aircraft operator security requirements are further clarified, with a focus on charter operations, and non-screened flight operations.
Registration fee includes training content and presentations. Recordings of sessions will be available for review for 90 days once purchased.

Please noteThis is a review of the ACE Security body of knowledge. To earn your ACE designation you must take the final ACE exam. For that you need to be enrolled in the ACE Security program.

Enrollment to any of the sessions or the full series does not include the ACE Security Program Fee. We are pleased to offer a discounted rate of the ACE Security Program Fee as part of the Virtual Training purchase. You can find more information in the registration process.


This virtual training is $650 for the full series. Register now!

Questions? Contact the AAAE Training Department


Session Date/Dates Between

Session 1 - Persistent and Emerging Threats

Attacks on aviation continue to occur throughout the world and the United States. This section provides an overview of the attacks on aviation in recent years, the lessons learned, and the new challenges our industry faces, such as public area security and the insider threat.


Session 2 - Screening, the Front Door to Aviation Security

Many changes have occurred in TSA policies and procedures, technologies, and practices. This session provides information on the new types of screening technologies, including automated carry-on bag systems, open-chamber millimeter-wave imaging machines, and the implementation of CT machines into the checkpoint. Although we do not yet know the full effects of the coronavirus pandemic on airport screening, however, this topic will be discussed as it relates to airport security.


Session 3 - The Airport Security Program and the ASC

The role of the Airport Security Coordinator continues to grow in responsibility and the knowledge required to perform the job at a level that provides a secure airport operating environment. Also addressed in this session are additional clarifications to the security areas and requirements of the airport access control system, with a focus on specific technologies and equipment necessary to provide security to the airfield and terminal building.


Session 4 - The Credentialing Process

No other area of airport security has experienced more changes since 9/11 than the airport identification badge credentialing process. This session focuses exclusively on the entire badging process, including the role and responsibility of the Authorized Signatory, the Designated Aviation Channelers, and new methods in the badge issuance process.


Session 5 - Aircraft Operator Security

The airport and aircraft operators are supposed to be partners in the protection of the aviation system from criminal acts and acts of terrorism. This session clarifies and expands the aircraft operator section of the ACE-Security modules. It addresses the priorities of the aircraft operator, their internal organizational security structure, and the boundaries of authority aircraft operators have, in security-related issues. Also provided is an update to aircraft charter security, air cargo security, and foreign aircraft operator security.


Session 6 - The New Nightmares

What keeps airport security managers up at night? A massive cyberattack at the airport? The bypass of the security alarm process, or a hacker infiltrating the badging database? What about the threat of drones to airport and flight operations? Do “swarm” drones present a viable risk? What are the current best practices at reducing the radicalized insider threat? This session addresses these and other potential threats to our aviation system.



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.