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Professional Development Programs

AAPA Professional Development Programs focus on professionals throughout all phases of their career to ensure there is a steady pipeline of talent to lead ports in the future.

Application Period is Open!

Are you interested in advancing your career and looking for an industry recognized certification or annual credential to pursue? Look no further than AAPA’s annual Port Professional Associate (PPA®) and Port Professional Executive (PPX®) Credential programs and the Port Professional Manager (PPM®) Certification program. The application portal is open through January 13, 2023. Submit your materials via the online application portals for the 2023 PPA Credential and Delta PPM Cohort. Read on for more information on how to apply to these programs. If you are interested in becoming a PPX, send an email to Shannon McLeod.

AAPA offers three professional development pathways through the annual Port Professional Associate (PPA) and Port Professional Executive (PPX) Credential programs and the Port Professional Manager (PPM) Certification program.

For more information about AAPA’s professional development programs, reach out to Julie Barelas at or (571) 839-6830.