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. 


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.


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.


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. 


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)


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.


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 14, 2019. For applications submitted by the application deadline, check payments will be accepted after June 14, 2019, 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.


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

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