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Professional Port Manager (PPM®) Certification Program

The AAPA Professional Port Manager Program is an unparalleled industry certification designed to shape the future of port leadership and enhance port management professionalism. We will begin recruiting for the class of 2023 in October, 2019.  If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Andrew Cameron at

PPM® class participants receive a 20% reduction in seminar and conference registration fees being taken to meet PPM® course requirements.  For more information on registration discounts, contact Teri Nagle at


The American Association of Port Authorities offers the designation of Professional Port Manager (AAPA/PPM®).  The designation AAPA/PPM® is intended to further the AAPA’s goals to enhance port management professionalism.  The program assists public port authorities, marine related organizations and agencies in hiring or promoting qualified seaport managers and professionals.  A secondary objective is to publish selective written materials and make them available as educational and informational sources to AAPA members.