U.S. Airport Professional (USAP) Program is an e-Learning training curriculum for airport industry professionals accredited by Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA). After completing the Program individuals will be awarded the U.S. Airport Professional (USAP) designation.
The U.S. Airport Professional (USAP) Program covers a full range of current airport management topics such as leadership development, business strategy, commercial management, finance, operations, safety, security, and air service.
✓ Custom designed curriculum that enables individuals to acquire the necessary skills to increase their value and success in the U.S. airport industry.
✓ Focus on developing leadership and strategic management skills for airport industry professionals.
✓ Designed for seasoned airport industry professionals as well as new entrants to the industry.
✓ Provide individuals with a broad and detailed understanding of the U.S. airport industry to build the next generation of industry leaders.
✓ Any employee of an ACI-NA Airport Member or World Business Partner/Associate Member is eligible to enroll in the USAP Program.
Invest in your professional development and advance your career. The USAP Program delivers best-in-class training in an e-Learning environment for U.S. airport industry professionals with insightful materials and structured content.
The USAP Program will help you advance your career by better understanding key elements of the airport business, strategy, and how airports play a vital role in the U.S. and broader global air transportation system.
Accredited by Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA). The Program provides an accreditation recognized in the airport industry.
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Once completed the Program, you will be awarded the U.S. Airport Professional (USAP) designation after your name.
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You have 18 months to complete 7 online courses and an individual assignment from the date of enrollment. The USAP Program will take you approximately 75 hours to complete. The courses are on-demand and self-paced. This means that the courses are available 24/7 and can be completed at your desired learning pace.
The US. Airport Professional (USAP) Program covers a full range of current airport management topics such as leadership development, business strategy, commercial management, finance, operations, safety, security, and air service. The USAP Program is comprised of 7 e-Learning courses and an individual assignment:
Course 1: Introduction to the U.S. Airport Industry
Course 2: Airport Planning, Environment, Operations, and Safety
Course 3: Airport Security and Facilitation
Course 4: Airport Business Management – Part I
Course 5: Airport Business Management – Part II
Course 6: Leadership Development and Strategy
Course 7: Global Trends
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Note: Courses 1 – 4 (43 hours) will be available to you immediately upon your enrollment in the program. Courses 5, 6, and 7 will be published in early 2021 and will become available to you upon their release.
USAP Program Objectives
On completion of the USAP Program, individuals will be able to understand and apply, as appropriate:
- Regulatory framework in which U.S. airports operate
- Strategy and leadership development supporting the airport business
- Fundamentals of airport governance
- Financial and commercial management practices of an airport
- Key areas of airport operations
- Importance of safety and security as airport operational imperatives
- Trends affecting the U.S. and global airport industry
The USAP Program is developed in partnership with ACI World Global Training Department.
USAP students must complete 7 online courses and an individual assignment within 18 months from the date of enrollment. The 7 online courses cover a full range of current airport management topics such as leadership development, business strategy, commercial management, finance, operations, safety, security, and air service. At the completion of each module, you must complete an online assessment (multiple-choice questions) that will test your knowledge of the material.
The USAP Program will take you approximately 75 hours to complete. The courses are on-demand and self-paced. This means that the courses are available 24/7 and can be completed at your desired learning pace.
To achieve the U.S. Airport Professional (USAP) Designation, you must complete an individual assignment (between 3,000 – 4,000 words) after completing all the online courses. The purpose of the individual assignment is to demonstrate and apply the knowledge from the USAP Program to highlight opportunities where improvements could be made at your respective organization. Learn more >>
Any employee of an ACI-NA Airport Member or World Business Partner/Associate Member is eligible to enroll in the USAP Program. The USAP Program is designed for seasoned airport industry professionals as well as new entrants to the industry. It is recommended that individuals have a minimum of 6 months in the aviation industry before taking the program. Individuals who complete the program will be awarded the U.S. Airport Professional (USAP) designation after their name.
Any employee of an ACI-NA Airport Member or World Business Partner/Associate Member is eligible to enroll in the USAP Program at any time.
Your enrollment fee includes all e-Learning courses, individual assignment details, and a graduation package. There are no additional fees required to enroll in the USAP Program.
Enroll online – Please log into your ACI-NA account with your existing login details. If you don’t know your login details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once logged into your ACI-NA account, add the USAP Training Program to your Shopping Cart (you are only permitted to purchase the USAP Program for yourself). You will be prompted with two options:
- Pay by Credit Card; or
- Request an Invoice
Credit Card Payment: If you pay by credit card, you will receive a confirmation email that the payment has been successfully received. Within 48 hours of enrolling in the USAP Program, you will receive another email containing your e-Learning username and password to access the online USAP Program.
Request an Invoice: If you request an invoice when enrolling, you will receive an email invoice. Please follow the instructions and remit payment within 30 days. Within 48 hours of receiving the invoice, you will receive another email containing your e-Learning username and password to access the online USAP Program. Once payment is received you will receive an email receipt. If payment is not received within 30 days of enrollment your e-Learning username and password will become inactive.
The USAP Program online courses are published using HTML5. All you need to run the courses is a computer, laptop, or tablet with an internet connection and the latest version of a browser. Additional details can be found in the USAP FAQ section.
The USAP Program enrollment fee is non-transferable. You may cancel your enrollment within 48 hours of registering at no charge and your e-Learning login details will be void. Notice of cancellation must be submitted in writing to email@example.com.
USAP enhances your airport professional credibility and demonstrates professional commitment.
Benefits for USAP Designation
- USAP designation after your name
- Graduation Package (USAP award, USAP lapel pin, paper certificate, and e-certificate)
- Recognition on ACI-NA’s website and at ACI-NA Conferences
- Recognition in ACI-NA publications (Centerlines Today and Centerlines), press releases, and social media
- USAP Designation counts for 2 Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) / (IAP) elective courses (worth $3,500)
- Exclusive Networking Events at ACI-NA Conferences
- Exclusive Airport CEO Roundtable Discussions at ACI-NA Conferences
- Network with the USAP Community online
- Individual Assignment papers published on the ACI-NA website (optional)
- Continued access to the USAP Global Trends Course – updated every 12 months
Benefits of e-Learning
- e-Learning is transforming the way airport industry professionals around the world are advancing their careers
- Course delivery is online, on-demand and fully self-paced – no external course material or exams
- Study anywhere, anytime
- Unlimited course access for 18 months from date of enrollment
The USAP Program will have a reaccreditation process following a three-year term from the date of your graduation. You will be asked to complete a short online form providing a verification of 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) that you have earned during the three years. Earning CEUs can be as easy as participating in ACI-NA Steering Groups, Committees, attending ACI-NA and industry conferences or meetings, or speaking at industry events. The reaccreditation criteria will be made available in 2022. All USAP graduates will continue to receive the USAP designation program benefits after graduating, including access to the USAP Global Trends Course that will be updated every 12 months.