ICAO Management Certificate in Civil Aviation


ICAO has partnered with the John Molson Executive Centre to provide a management level training programme for aviation industry leaders and managers who want to upskill and/or refresh their management knowledge and skills on important concepts of the civil aviation industry.

Civil aviation is a rapidly growing industry, and with this growth there is a demand for management-level professionals to be trained and ready to take on the new challenges that will inevitably arise in the ever-growing industry. The Management Certificate in Civil Aviation (MCCA) is comprised of three certificates, each covering the main subject areas to help individuals prepare and enhance their leadership skills in civil aviation. These include: strategic management; human resources management; and business planning and decision-making. These areas of focus provide current and future leaders in civil aviation with the tools needed to bring their organizations up to speed on critical industry issues.

Hybrid learning for flexibility

The triad of certificates that make up the MCCA are all offered in a hybrid learning environment. Over five weeks of aviation-related hybrid learning, each certificate provides a well-rounded view of the subject area under the instruction of a variety of professionals who represent unique perspectives.

Each certificate begins with four weeks of online learning, which includes videos, their transcriptions, and the corresponding course slides, which, combined, accommodate the different ways in which participants absorb information. Although this portion of the certificate is offered online, resources are never far away. Participants are encouraged to communicate with their instructors in order to promote a good understanding of the material, even from thousands of miles away. The combination of materials and resources presents learners with a supportive and interactive learning environment. This allows them to begin their learning journey without interrupting their daily routine and work schedule.

The face-to-face portion of the certificate brings participants together in Montreal, a civil aviation hub and a prime location for aviation training. During this intensive, on-site week, participants will not only learn from their course instructors, but also from their fellow classmates. Through group work, discussions, and collaboration, participants from across the aviation industry are encouraged to connect and share their ideas, knowledge and experiences. This introduces the added level of peer learning. According to participant Cary Price, Manager of the Civil Aviation Training Centre at the Trinidad Civil Aviation Authority, the combination of both a diverse learning group and varied faculty was an important aspect of the certificate. “It was an enriching experience being in that environment with a lot of professionals and learning from other professionals, instructors and lecturers,” Price says.

Teaching the methods that work

The MCCA is designed to provide managers and leaders with practical knowledge that can be useful in their work environment. It can also assist them in preparing for future positions that they are striving for. “I’ve done a lot of programmes before,” Price says. “But this programme was the first one that actually gave me tools that I can actually implement and use in the workplace.” Working through case studies and situations which focus on real-life industry challenges, allows participants of the three certificates to gain valuable insights and considerations regarding important issues. They leave with a deeper understanding on how to handle such issues in the most effective manner (and what methods don’t work and why). Kurt Solomon, Air Traffic Control Instructor at the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority says the information provided in the programme is highly valuable for him and his team. “We need this information, we need to be better managers of our organization, and we need to be better employees as well, so we function in both capacities and the skillsets here are really transferable to what we do.”

Training managers and leaders from around the world

As of May 2019, the Management Certificate in Civil Aviation will have hosted participants from every continent around the world. They come from a variety of different positions and backgrounds that include air navigation services personnel; human resources managers; pilots; operations managers; and project managers, to name a few. Professionals from both private, government and UN organizations have participated in at least one of the three certificates, and many have returned to continue and complete the full Management Certificate in Civil Aviation.

“I will never regret having taken this programme, it is hands-on and it will drive the organization forward to achieve its intended goals and visions.”

In such a rapidly growing and changing global industry, it is crucial that managers and leaders have access to industry-specific training that will not only serve to accelerate their careers, but will also help move their organizations forward.

“I will never regret having taken this programme,” says participant Gabriel Sharp Etsey, Planning Analyst at the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority. “It is hands-on and it will drive the organization forward to achieve its intended goals and visions.”

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