Becoming a Certified Member (C.M.) is a great way to show employers your dedication to your airport career. The program is open to Affiliate, Associate, Participating, Corporate, Military and Academic Graduate members of AAAE and Affiliate, Associate and Corporate members of IAAE. Certified Member is a useful credential when seeking employment within the airport management profession and for students and corporate members who interact with airport professionals. 


Candidates in the C.M. program obtain the designation by completing only one step - a 180-question, multiple-choice examination. The multiple-choice exam is comprised of information contained in the Body of Knowledge modules, and measures a candidate’s comprehensive knowledge of airport management, regardless of airport size.  There are no time limits for program completion - the C.M. program is self-study, and allows candidates to successfully complete the multiple-choice exam at their own pace.

Requirements to Enroll in the C.M. Program

  1. Membership in AAAE or IAAE (Note: student members must first upgrade their membership status to that of Academic Graduate.)
  2. Payment of membership dues and program enrollment fee

C.M. Process

The exam may not be easy, but the process is. To become a C.M.:
  1. Submit an application with your $225 program fee.
  2. Study the provided materials to help you prepare for the exam. You can also choose to attend the Loretta Scott, A.A.E., Accreditation/Certification Academy to assist with exam preparations.
  3. Take the exam. Exams are offered at the AAAE Annual Conference and Academies, at the AAAE headquarters, or can be administered locally with an eligible proctor.

Once you pass the exam, you’ll forever be a C.M., with all the rights and privileges. If you meet the additional criteria for an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.), your exam completion will transfer to your A.A.E. program, should you choose to advance your career further.

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1. Application and fees

First, if you haven't already, determine your level of membership in AAAE. If needed, use the Certified Member application to apply for membership and the C.M. program. Annual fees for membership are separate from the one-time program fee.

Next, please submit  your application on-line or by mail/fax along with the $225 program fee (and your first year's membership fee, if applicable). The one-time $225 C.M. program fee includes:

  • Access to electronic study materials (hard copies can be purchased here for an additional fee)

  • One-time access to the Internet based exam

2. Choose your method of study

After receiving electronic access to the Body of Knowledge modules, download and begin studying immediately and take the exam when you are ready, or attend the AAAE/SCAAAE Loretta Scott, A.A.E., Accreditation/Certification Academy or C.M. Virtual Training.  

3. Arrange to take the multiple-choice exam

A minimum of two weeks' notice is required for all exams. Candidates can schedule their exams here. A computer with a webcam, internal microphone and internet connection is required for all exams. Review the exam instructions and guidelines prior to scheduling an exam. Please refer to the FAQ’s for detailed information.

4. Successful completion of the multiple-choice exam

Candidates will receive a Pass/Fail result via email upon completion of the exam. Under usual circumstances, it can take up to ten business days for official results to be sent to the candidate from AAAE.

Successful completion of the multiple-choice exam includes scoring a 70% or above (answering 126 questions out of a possible 180). Additionally, new Certified Members receive the privilege of using the C.M. designation behind their name, a certificate of completion and a lapel pin. Academic Graduate members will receive their C.M. designation, certificate, and lapel pin upon providing proof of graduation from a four-year college.

Affiliate members who receive the C.M. designation, and wish to upgrade to the Accredited Airport Executive program may do so at any time.

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