Advance Your Career with a PPM Certification

The AAPA Port Professional Manager Program is built on a foundation of interactive class-room-based, instructor-led sessions held over a four-year term where participants have access to the best and brightest thought leaders in the maritime industry. Covering all aspects of port management profession, these interactions enable you to become a seasoned professional and a valuable asset to your port

Candidates are required to complete all of the following core training seminars

· Marine Terminal Management Training

· Executive Management Training

· Finance Seminar

· Environment Seminar

· Public Relations Seminar

· Facilities Engineering Seminar

· Port Administration and Legal Issues Seminar

· Information Technology Seminar

In addition, they must attend any two of the following core training seminars

· Cruise Seminar

· Shifting International Trade Routes

· Security Seminar

Improve the Effectiveness of Your Organization

Ports increasingly expect executive team members to work across departments, collaborating with colleagues from different work backgrounds and areas of knowledge. While a healthy strategic plan and team building exercises can make sure everyone Is working toward the sam outcomes, they don’t always provide training that ensures senior managers understand each other’s roles and responsibilities.

By attending a wide variety of seminars focused on key line departments, as well as Executive Management conference and the Marine Terminal Management Training program, PPM candidates achieve an unparalleled understanding of roles of coworkers and counterparts. PPM classes attract port staff from a wide variety of disciplines, enhancing the learning experience for all participants. PPM graduates are uniquely positioned within their own organizations to reduce staff conflicts, lead multidisciplinary programs and streamline staff efforts on critical projects. 

Experience hands-on project-based learning.

The final requirement of the PPM certification is the successful completion of a project of the candidates choosing. This real-world learning experience ensures a functional knowledge and understanding of port management principles, roles and responsibilities, and techniques.

There are three options for meeting the project requirement:

· Author and present an industry white paper on a topic that advances port management theory or practice

· Assist on a port-specific project, such as a strategic plan, public relations campaign or economic analysis, then provide an executive summary on the experience and contribution to the project

· A “residency” of no less than two weeks at port other than their own to gain experience and expertise in another port environment and bolster professional relationships. 

Who Should Apply to the PPM Certification Program?

If you’re an experienced port manager looking to grow your understanding of the maritime industry, then the PPM is the right choice for you. The eligibility requirements: 

· Seeking validation or accreditation for future career growth

· Are a full-time employee of an AAPA member port or organization

· 5+ years of management experience 

· Have a referral to the program by their Port Director/CEO

AAPA Environmental Improvement Awards may be awarded annually to worthy projects in any of four project categories: Environmental Enhancement; mitigation; Stakeholder Education, Awareness & Involvement; and Comprehensive Environmental Management. 


LEVELS OF RECOGNITION
AAPA may give an Award of Excellence, an Award of Distinction, an Award of Merit and an Honorable Mention in each of the four categories. This change will allow greater recognition of outstanding projects and programs within the Hemisphere's ports.
In addition, the Calvin Hurst Outstanding Achievement Award may be presented for exceptional projects and programs. Because of the exemplary nature of this award’s intended recipients, it will not necessarily be presented every year. It is named for the late environmental manager at the Port of Los Angeles, the public port industry’s first environmental professional.


AWARD CATEGORIES
There are four project award categories. A project will normally fall within one of the four, and will be judged against other projects solely within its category. Judges have the discretion to move an application from one category to another if they feel it is a better fit in another category.
1) Environmental Enhancement includes improvements to the physical or natural environment that were not required as part of any project development. Examples include debris control and cleanup programs, voluntary air quality improvement measures, port beautification projects, public access projects, or uncompelled restoration of natural resources.
2) Mitigation of impacts associated with project development. Examples include wetlands restoration or creation, habitat creation such as artificial reefs, creative solutions for handling ship-generated wastes or any other mitigation measures undertaken in the course of project development and implementation.
3) Stakeholder Awareness, Education & Involvement involves outreach to stakeholders that seeks to inform, educate or facilitate involvement. Examples include programs to educate local school children about the port community or foster public involvement in port projects.
4) Comprehensive Environmental Management involves the development and execution of a comprehensive plan that seeks to minimize the environmental impact of, and, where possible, to enhance the environment through, port operations. Plans include components such as establishment of port environmental policies, training and empowering port personnel in the use of pollution prevention practices, and working with tenants, environmental agencies, and the public in promoting the goals of the plan.


ELIGIBILITY
The eligibility for submitting an application for an AAPA Environmental Improvement Award are:
1) All AAPA Corporate members are eligible to submit an application, including members from the U.S., Canadian, Caribbean and Latin American delegations. All applications should be submitted in English. Only projects related to maritime operations  will be considered.
2) Ports may nominate governmental entities (federal, state or local agencies) as co-applicants if they wish to highlight a partnership with another public entity.
3)  Applications will be accepted only for those projects (or beneficial increments) or programs which have been designed, planned, and approved by all applicable regulatory agencies, and constructed or implemented. The application should indicate the current status of the project. 


APPLICATION GUIDELINES
The application should be double-spaced and should not exceed 12 pages. Detailed reports, analyses, charts, and/or photographs are not required, although may be included as separate electronic files. The application should include the following elements:
1) A summary of the project or program
2) Goals and objectives
3) Discussion 

  • Background
  • Objectives and methodology
  • How the project fulfills the Award Criteria (described below)

 AWARD CRITERIA  
There are six general award criteria used to evaluate the entries in the competition. The project application should attempt to address these criteria explicitly: 

  1. The level and nature of benefits to environmental quality, beautification or community involvement;
  2. The level of independent involvement and effort by the port;
  3. The creativity of the solution or programs;
  4. Whether the project or program results are apparent (the project must be complete through some beneficial increment);
  5. The cost effectiveness of the activity or the program; and
  6. The transferability of the technology or idea to the port industry.

 FEE & DEADLINES
1. The fee for each entry is $125. After submitting all entries electronically, CLICK HERE to either pay via credit card online or to generate an invoice for check payment.
2. Applications must be received by June 30, 2020. For applications submitted by the application deadline, check payments will be accepted after June 30, 2020, in a timely manner.
3. Applications may be submitted in in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc)
4. Award winners will be highlighted at the Annual Convention.
5. In the event that a port is submitting more than one project, a separate application should accompany each project. However, ports can process payment for all applications in a single transaction.


USE OF AWARD APPLICATIONS
AAPA will post application summaries and/or complete application submissions on our website to highlight port environmental projects.

AAPA Information Technology Awards may be awarded annually to worthy projects in either of two project categories: Port Operations and Management Systems and Improvements in Intermodal Freight Transportation.

AWARD CATEGORIES
There are two project award categories. A project will normally fall within one of the two, and will be judged against other projects solely within its category.

1) Port Operations and Management Systems
Including, but not limited to: new innovations in technology to enhance data flow for port operations; technologies to improve the safety and productivity of cargo and container handling; technological innovations for the tracking and maintenance of chassis, containers, cranes, and other yard handling equipment; methods to improve traffic flow and improve truck turnaround time entering and leaving a terminal.
2) Improvements in Intermodal Freight Transportation
Including, but not limited to: technologies to improve vessel transportation safety within a harbor or port, including approaches to the port; the application of intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies to enhance intermodal freight movement; technologies to enable the effective tracking and tracing of cargo from the port to the consignee.

ELIGIBILITY
The eligibility for submitting an application for an AAPA Information Technology Award are:
1) All AAPA Corporate members are eligible to submit an application, including members from the U.S., Canadian, Caribbean and Latin American delegations. All applications should be submitted in English. Only projects related to maritime operations  will be considered.

2)  Applications will be accepted only for those projects or programs which have been designed, planned and implemented. The application should indicate the current status of the project.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES
The application should be double-spaced and should not exceed 12 pages. Detailed reports, analyses, charts, and/or photographs are not required, although may be included as separate electronic files. The application should include the following elements:
1) A summary of the project or program
2) A description of the port
3) Goals and objectives/Business problem
4) Discussion  

  • Background
  • Objectives and methodology
  • Hardware/software used
  • Project cost
  • Performance measures
  • How the project fulfills the Award Criteria (described below)

 AWARD CRITERIA  
There are five general award criteria used to evaluate the entries in the competition. The project application should attempt to address these criteria explicitly:  

  1. The level and nature of benefits;
  2. The creativity of the solutions or programs;
  3. Whether the project or program results are apparent;
  4. The cost effectiveness of the activity or the program; and,
  5. The transferability of the technology or idea to the port industry.

 FEE & DEADLINES
1. The fee for each entry is $125. After submitting all entries electronically, CLICK HERE to either pay via credit card online or to generate an invoice for check payment.
2. Applications must be received by June 30, 2020. For applications submitted by the application deadline, check payments will be accepted after June 30, 2020 in a timely manner.
3. Applications may be submitted in in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc)
4. Award winners will be highlighted at the AAPA Annual Convention.
5. In the event that a port is submitting more than one project, a separate application should accompany each project. However, ports can process payment for all applications in a single transaction.

USE OF AWARD APPLICATIONS
AAPA will post application summaries and/or complete application submissions on our website to highlight port technology projects. If you do not wish for AAPA to share your complete submission, please indicate so in your application and please indicate if the summary alone may be shared. 

The American Association of Port Authorities' (AAPA) 2020 Communications Awards Program offers the opportunity to showcase your port’s skills and talents in the areas of public/community relations, public affairs and marketing communications. Winning entries will be announced at, and Excellence, Distinction and Merit awards will be mailed out prior to, AAPA's 109th Annual Convention and Exhibition in Québec City, Canada, September 13-16, 2020. The highest scoring entry in each of the competition's three port resources categories will receive an Award of Overall Communications Excellence trophy.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
 Sponsored by AAPA’s Public Relations Committee, the annual Communications Awards Program has recog­nized excellence in port communications since 1966. The purpose of the competition is to showcase the most effective products, programs and services that public port authorities design and produce to meet their shared mission and their public relations, advocacy, advertising, branding and marketing goals.

Eligibility
 AAPA’s 54th annual Communications Awards Program is open to all AAPA Corporate (i.e., port authority) members, as well as governmental and nonprofit Sustaining members representing seaports (such as inland port authorities, port associations and maritime exchanges).

PowerPoint Slide Requirement
 All entrants MUST download the 2020 PowerPoint slide template, insert the specified entry information and graphics into the slide, including the organization’s logo (on the bottom left side of the slide), and add as an attachment to each electronic entry submission to be eligible. One PowerPoint slide per entry is required.

Entry Timeframe
 The 2020 AAPA Communications Awards Program will allow submissions that were produced, implemented and evaluated up to 24 months prior to the June 15, 2020, entry deadline. Previously entered submissions and any communica­tions older than 24 months are not eligible for judging in the 2020 competition.

Language Requirements
 Supporting materials, such as advertisements, videos, websites and periodicals, may be submitted in any language, but your electronic entry submission and answers to the required entry questions must be submitted in English only for the judges to read. The purpose of allowing supporting materials in languages other than English is to encourage submissions from all AAPA-member ports in the Western Hemisphere.

Returns
 Entries and (optional) supplemental materials that may accompany entries will not be returned. Please do not mail originals or the only copy of any print submission materials to AAPA.

Eligibility
 AAPA member ports and other eligible organizations may submit entries in one of three resource categories: Category 1 ports have a total annual marketing/PR/advertising budget less than US$300,000 (including related salaries); Category 2 ports have a total annual marketing/PR/advertising budget between US$300,000 and US$800,000 (including related salaries); and Category 3 ports have a total annual marketing/PR/advertising budget greater than US$800,000 (including related salaries).

Entry Classification Descriptions and Rules
 Resource categories should not be confused with entry classifications. There are 14 different entry classifi­cations, ranging from advertisements and periodicals, to videos, social media programs and websites. Click here to view the descriptions of, and rules for, each of the 14 entry classifications.

Supplementary Materials
 Because of the COVID-19 pandemic this year, communications competition judges will not be reviewing entries in person at AAPA's offices.  Consequently, please do not send in supplementary materials, like books, calendars, magazines, hats  and t-shirts, to complement your online entry. Thank you.

The deadline for electronic entries and entry fees or invoice requests to reach AAPA headquarters is 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday, June 15, 2020.

Judging Criteria
 Entries are judged by an independent panel of senior communications professionals in the Washington, D.C . area on the basis of: (1) how well the entry correlates to a defined communications challenge or opportunity (10%); (2) the extent to which the entry complements the port’s mission and overall communications program objectives (10%); (3) how well the entry summarizes the planning and programming components (10%); (4) how well the entry explains the communications actions and outputs that were undertaken (10%); (5) how well the entry defines the methods used to evaluate outcomes (10%); and (6) the overall quality and appeal of the entry (50%).

Entry Scoring and Awards
 Each entry will be judged on a 100-point scale. Awards of Excellence will go to entries with scores above 90. Awards of Distinction will be given to entries scoring between 80 and 90, while Awards of Merit will go to entries scoring between 70 and 80.  In addition, the highest scoring entry in each of the three resource categories (Categories 1, 2 and 3) will receive an Award of Overall Communications Excellence trophy for that category.  

 Online Entry Fee and Payment
 The fee for each entry submission is US$125, which can be conveniently paid or an invoice generated by using AAPA's online electronic payment system. After submitting all entries electronically, CLICK HERE to either pay via credit card online, or by cash, check or invoice. Entries will not be processed without payment. Please contact AAPA's Aaron Ellis at (703) 684-5700 or aellis@aapa-ports.org if you have questions.
 

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