The annual PPA® provides graduates and young professionals with less than 5 years of experience with an annual credential to help them learn the fundamentals of the industry, enhance maritime knowledge and skills, receive mentorship from experienced port leaders all while building the potential for advancement/promotion. Participants can earn up to 112 credit hours towards a PPM certificate. PPAs will gain their credential by earning 36 learning hours per year.
Receive mentorship from a PPX and participate on monthly mentor calls
Attend AAPA events and/or webinars, and other approved industry events
Take a session or course at a local college or online educational program
Participate in a Port/Supply Chain Host residency experience
Exposure to Port Industry Leaders
Enhance Maritime Knowledge and Skills
Potential for Advancement/Promotion
Build Relationships with Mentor(s)
Career and Professional Development
Meaningful Experiences during Residency
The application period will open in fall 2023.
How To Apply
Applicants must follow these four critical steps to apply for the PPA Credential Program:
Step One: Applicants must be recommended by two colleagues in order to qualify for program participation. Candidates must provide two reference letters from either academic, professional, extracurricular or community representatives who can endorse their application.
Step Two: Provide an up-to-date resume with your most recent accomplishments. Take a moment to look it over before submitting your application.
Step Three: Candidates must submit a brief essay describing why they would like to receive the annual credential, what benefits you are expecting, and what you will contribute to the program.
Step Four: Check your budget for attendance in the program. Accepted participants must pay an annual $75.00 application fee. The application fee will be waived for students.