Submit your nominations for the AAPA Lighthouse Awards through the links below. 


Requirements: A successful candidate will complete 6 core training programs and 3-4 electives, write a brief report on each of these programs, actively participate in an AAPA technical committee and complete a capstone (paper, project or 2-week residency).

Candidates are expected to attend AAPA seminars and events as a class to the extent possible within the first 2 years of the program. Candidates will have a total of 4 years to complete the course requirements and make up any courses not taken in the first 2 years, however, candidates are more than welcome to finish sooner. For your planning purposes if you are selected to join the Delta Cohort, it is strongly advised that you attend the Legislative Summit and Boot Camp Training, March 27-29 in Washington, D.C. and the Port Executive Management Conference, April 18-20 in Portland, Oregon.

Candidates may be credited for one AAPA required or elective course/event taken six months prior to acceptance in the program.

In order to complete the application and be eligible for the PPM® program, you must pay the $75.00 application fee.
Please click here to pay the application fee. The application fee is processed through our website using your IMIS ID. This is different than the logon you created for the application. If you do not have a logon, use the Find My Account form to search for your record. If your record is not found, you may Create an Account to continue with paying your PPM® application fee.

There is a $750 program registration fee that will be assessed in February 2023 if you are selected to join the Delta Cohort.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Jbarelas@aapa-ports.org.

Selected applicants will be notified in approximately two weeks after their application. 

Requirements: A successful candidate will complete 36 learning hours per year. Options to earn your credential hours include becoming a mentee, attending AAPA events and/or webinars, taking a course at a local college or online educational program, and/or participating in a residency at a host port.


In order to be eligible for the PPA® program, you must complete the application and pay the $75.00 application fee. The application fee will be waived for students. 


Please click here to pay the application fee. The application fee is processed through our website using your IMIS ID. This is different than the logon you created for the application. If you do not have a logon, use the Find My Account form to search for your record. If your record is not found, you may Create an Account to continue with paying your PPA® application fee.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Jbarelas@aapa-ports.org.

Selected applicants will be notified approximately two weeks after their application date. 

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