A Joint ACI-ICAO Professional Accreditation Program


ACI and ICAO’s long-standing partnership provides the industry with competency-based training on latest industry standards, ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), international regulations and ACI best practices.

The Airport Management Professional Accreditation Program (AMPAP) is an executive development program for airport managers worldwide that promotes the adherence to the highest professional standards, covering all functional areas of the airport business. Graduates earn the International Airport Professional (IAP) Designation.

Learning objectives

The program’s objective is to develop and recognize senior airport managers, airport regulators, and ACI World Business Partners who have demonstrated an understanding of professional excellence in airport management, relevant ICAO SARPS, and maintaining ACI industry best practices. The internationally recognized IAP designation recognizes an individual’s excellence in airport management and proficiency in applying ACI best practices and ICAO SARPs.

AMPAP Application Requirements and Process

Applicants to AMPAP must currently hold a management or executive level role in a civil or military airport, ACI World Business, or at ACI or ICAO.

The process begins by filling out the application form for review by the AMPAP Registrar and paying the application fee. Once your application is accepted, you will be registered for the Global Air Mobility Systems course before taking the three other mandatory courses. The AMPAP candidate selects two additional elective courses from a list of AMPAP Steering Committee-approved electives. All courses must be completed per the completion timeframe.

Program Structure

The program's four mandatory courses and two electives-focused specializations make for a highly customizable program that students can tailor to their career goals. At the same time, the asynchronous coursework allows them to set their schedule. AMPAP can take up to three years to complete, which means you can reap the benefits of this ACI and ICAO-accredited program while still working full-time.

AMPAP mandatory courses

Airport Economics and Commercial Management (AECM) – virtual/self-study

Airport Business Planning and Sustainability (ABPS) – virtual/self-study

Airport Operations, Safety and Security Management (AOSS) – virtual/self-study

AMPAP elective courses

Candidates are required to self-select up to two approved electives courses. Due to their duration and commitment, the ACI-JMSB Airport Executive Leadership Program (AELP) and ICAO-JMSB Aviation Security Management Program (AvsecPM) each count as two electives.*

*Elective requirement is waived if the participant has successfully completed the ACI NA, US Airport Professional Program (USAP) or holds the Airport Accredited Executive AAE designation.

Completion Timeframe

All mandatory and elective courses must be completed within 3 years (36 months) of starting the Global Air Mobility Systems course.

AMPAP Faculty and Course Content

The expertise of industry-leading ICAO and ACI instructors and ACI and ICAO subject matter experts guarantees the quality of training.

All course content is developed and updated by ACI and ICAO based on leading practices in aviation management along with ICAO’s international Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and approved by the AMPAP Steering Committee.

AMPAP Community of Practice

Students also benefit from joining the global professional Community of Practice (CoP) network through a web-based forum. The IAP CoP consists of an elite group of globally recognized airport professionals who will access these exclusive forums that contribute to the professionalization of airport management.

The ACI/ICAO IAP designation for airport professionals introduced a new way to stay current concerning initiatives throughout the industry. IAP+ indicates an ongoing commitment from graduates who are continually mastering areas within the airport community.

How does it work?


Graduates who have completed their designation before 2019 are eligible to apply for the IAP+ at any time by submitting their proof and approved activities. A total of 100 points must be completed in order to attain the reaccreditation. For those who graduated prior to 2019, a period of 5 years will be granted from 2019 to submit their 100 points.

New graduates

Upon graduation, graduates have 5 years to apply for the IAP+ accreditation.

**Graduates who do not complete their 100 points by the designated 5 years will have the opportunity to attend the ACI/ICAO reaccreditation course, providing up-to-date knowledge for professionals.

Get your IAP +

Whether you take a course, give a speech or teach a seminar, each activity carries points. The wide range of activities ensures that graduates do not have to incur any additional expense. An alternate option will be to take the IAP+ ACI/ICAO reaccreditation course which be offered starting in 2020 for the full 100 points.

List of activities

Board Membership
Executive Education
Conference & Webinar
Peer Review

Upcoming AMPAP Sessions

Dates Course Location Developing Nations Price Regular Price Register
12 - 16 June 2023 Global Air Mobility Systems Cincinnati, USA | UTC - 5 | 9:00am - 5:00pm US$1,800 US$2,000 Register
14 - 18 August 2023 Global Air Mobility Systems Istanbul, Turkey | UTC +3 IST | 9:00am - 5:00pm US$1,800 US$2,000 Register

Do you have any questions?

Contact us at ampap@aci.aero.

ACI AMPAP Fellowships

ACI has established the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Program (AMPAP) fellowship program to provide financial aid to qualified applicants from member airports of Least Developed Countries (UNCTAD list) and States to register for this program.

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