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A formal State Letter issued last week by the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to its contracting States acknowledges the Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) as “the first global programme of its kind” and “the world’s only course-based accreditation program for airport executives delivered both face-to-face and online.”
The Secretary General, Dr. Taieb Chérif encouraged the member states to enrol their airport professionals in AMPAP as well as disseminate the information to other interested parties. Addressing the 190 member states, the Secretary General expressed the ICAO endorsement of AMPAP as a joint initiative of ICAO and the Airports Council International (ACI).
The Programme was launched in March 2007 in response to the increasing challenge and complexity that constitutes airport management and the subsequent need to promote professionalism in the field. It seeks to develop a new generation of airport leaders in all functional areas of the airport business through adherence to the highest professional standards, effective sharing of best managerial practices in an interactive, cross cultural environment, and establishing a global network of contacts.
The first AMPAP mandatory gateway course, ‘’Air Transport System’’ (ATS), was delivered in Montreal, Canada at the ICAO Headquarters in June 2007 and has since been delivered in 12 other cities worldwide, namely Abuja, Atlanta, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Montreux, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Houston, Panama City, Sacramento, and Stockholm.
The completion of all AMPAP academic requirements leads to the ACI-ICAO International Airport Professional (IAP) designation. In the ICAO State Letter, Dr. Chérif writes that “for airport management professionals, the IAP designation is the global standard of excellence.”
To date airport executives from 46 countries from all continents have joined AMPAP and 33 of them have attained the IAP status in less than the allowed three-year period.
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