National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM)


Credential: Certified Aviation Manager (CAM)  GI Bill resource  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)

Renewal Period: 36 months

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) is for professionals who lead flight departments and companies that use business aircraft. CAMs work such jobs as Maintenance Manager, Aviation Director, Operations Director, and others. Through CAM certification, candidates demonstrate an expert level of commitment to the aviation industry. Candidates must meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education: Approved Program
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 36 months

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)

1200 G Street NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC  20005

Phone: (202) 783-9000

Fax: (202) 331-8364
Email: info@nbaa.org

Candidate must have two years of work experience in business aviation.

Candidate must earn a minimum of 100 eligibility points, based on a system that combines formal education, professional development, licensing and professional experience related to aviation management.

Candidate awarded points in the following areas:

  • Employment History
  • Formal Education
  • Licensing and Certification
  • Continuing Education

For eligibility details, see the CAM Candidate Information Handbook.

The Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate required to submit two letters of recommendation.

Written Exam

  • Leadership (23%)
    • Components of vision, mission and values statements
    • Strategies for writing vision, mission & values statements
    • Corporate mission and goals
    • Strategies for aligning the department with corporate goals
    • Strategies for writing goals
    • Components of goal statements
    • Industry standards and trends
    • Corporate business plan, goals and objectives
    • Time management
    • Qualities of good leaders
    • Leadership styles and strategies
    • Motivation theory
    • Team-building strategies
    • Communication strategies, techniques and tools
    • Industry resources
    • Safety management system (SMS) principles
    • Human factors principles
  • Human Resources (18%)
    • Corporate personnel policies and industry practices
    • Training programs
    • Strategies for measuring the effectiveness of training
    • Strategies for forecasting needs
    • Training gaps and skill gaps
    • Performance evaluations
    • Strategies for summarizing performance
    • Strategies for setting appropriate goals
    • Compensation norms in the industry
    • Employee rewards programs
    • Human resource issues and regulatory requirements
    • Documentation systems
    • Interviewing practices
    • Background checks
    • Environmental influences on human factors
  • Operations (21%)
    • Flight department standard operating procedures
    • Flight department regulatory requirements
    • Basic principles required for an effective flight operations manual
    • Original equipment manufacturer operating requirements
    • Crew resource management
    • Domestic/international operations requirements
    • Safety programs
    • Risk assessment
    • Cost-effectiveness analysis
    • Human factors in operations
    • Disaster-recovery plans and emergency planning
    • Crew and aircraft certifications
    • Dispatch concepts for scheduling
    • Customer (passenger) service and satisfaction
    • Recordkeeping techniques and systems
    • Data analysis techniques
    • Audit requirements
    • OSHA requirements
    • Hazardous materials procedures
  • Aircraft Maintenance and Facilities Operations (19%)
    • General aircraft systems knowledge
    • Manufacturer specifications and practices
    • Manufacturer product-information systems and methods
    • Applicable airworthiness programs
    • Facility emergency plans
    • Emergency equipment and systems
    • Passenger service components
    • Aircraft maintenance requirements
    • Inventory-control packages, systems and tools
    • Procurement practices
    • Security requirements and systems for passengers, aircraft and airport 
    • Vendor selection and contract negotiation
    • Maintenance resource management
    • Assessing and managing risk
    • Cost recovery plan
  • Business Management (19%)
    • Methods of corporate travel analysis
    • Aircraft ownership and utilization options
    • Public relations
    • Marketing
    • Proposal presentation
    • Communication techniques
    • Corporate culture
    • Components of an aviation budget
    • Budget analysis and forecasting
    • Financial management information systems
    • Taxation and its impact on flight department budgeting
    • Aircraft evaluation and acquisition
    • Generally accepted accounting principles
    • Strategies for monitoring and controlling revenues and expenses
    • Aviation insurance strategy and requirements
    • Tax ramifications for aircraft ownership, leasing, operating and sales
    • Project management
    • Confidentiality requirements
    • Ethics requirements and guidelines
    • Environmental impact of aviation
    • Community planning and ordinance strategies
    • Airport planning
    • Airport user groups
    • Mediation strategies

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM)

Renewal Period: 36 months

The Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certification holders are required to earn four points of recertification credit every 36 calendar months on the anniversary of the initial examination month. For details, see the CAM recertification page.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

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