ACE LEO Review Course

March 25-28, 2024 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET Daily | Alexandria, VA


ACE Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) is distinguished by focusing on response protocols and real-world applications, and not just regulatory authority. Response is the key driver for the curriculum. ACE LEO provides training in a uniformed and concise manner to law enforcement and security personnel to competently and confidently do their jobs as well as meet the requirements of 49 CFR 1542.217. 

Distinguish yourself in the airport community and earn the uniquely prestigious ACE LEO certification today!


  • Receive comprehensive instruction and meet the requirements of 49 CFR Part 1542.217
  • Network with airport and aviation law enforcement personnel from around the country
  • Obtain essential knowledge, skills, abilities, and requirements (KSAR) to professionally perform as the designated Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) to protect airports and the aviation system
  • Receive a comprehensive review of the ACE LEO modules from Captain (retired) LaPonda J. Fitchpatrick, SHRM-SCP, ACE, IDI® in preparation for the ACE LEO exam
  • Receive sample test questions and formulate study groups to prepare you for the ACE LEO final exam. Read more here about our new exam process.


This training is $1,300 for the full review course.

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Do not miss our special rate of $410 for the ACE LEO Program Fee. 
*You MUST submit the ACE LEO Program Fee to take the final certification exam.

Need to register offline? Download the registration form and send to [email protected] once complete.

Questions? Contact the Training Department at [email protected].


All business sessions will be held at the AAAE Conference Center in the Barclay Building, 601 Madison Street, Third Floor, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, phone 703.824.0500.  The building is directly across the street from the Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria. The review course starts with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 25, and concludes at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. Dress is casual.  

Visitor parking is located at the Sheraton underground garage (for a fee), next to the main entrance on St. Asaph Street. Each morning you will need to use the buzzer at the front door to enter the building.

Be sure to bring with you the most recent edition of the ACE LEO Modules, writing utensils, highlighters, and a laptop to take the exam on the final day. A course workbook will be provided to you at the start of class. 

Recommended Hotel: 
Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria (a Marriott brand), 801 N. Saint Asaph, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone 703.836.4700.

AAAE has a corporate rate with this hotel. Once you are on their website, enter in your arrival/departure dates.
To the right of the dates, there is a dropdown menu for “special rates”. Click on the arrow and scroll to Corporate/Promo Code and enter the code "S6037". Please note, there may be other special or prepaid rates available during your stay, so the group rate may not always be the lowest.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by and take place at AAAE. 


(Previous course agenda below for reference. Updated agenda coming soon.)



LaPonda J. Fitchpatrick (Ret.), ACE, SHRM-SCP

Owner/Senior Consultant
LaPonda J. Fitchpatrick, Training and Consulting for the Real World
Canon City, CO

Captain LaPonda J. Fitchpatrick (Retired), owner and senior consultant/instructor for LaPonda J. Fitchpatrick, Training and Consulting for the Real WorldTM, was responsible for ensuring the safety, security, and regulatory compliance of the global gateway known as LAX and its satellite airports for over 30 years, retiring as a commanding officer within the Los Angeles Airport Police Department (LAXPD). After 9-11, LaPonda conceived and implemented the Los Angeles Airport Police Homeland Security Section to ensure multi-agency law enforcement and public safety activities and response was properly coordinated to reduce LAX’s vulnerability to a terrorist event or catastrophic emergency. This included the development of the nation’s largest airport law enforcement bomb detection K-9 unit, expedited multi-agency intelligence sharing, and an on-site tactical response unit tailored to the aviation environment. LaPonda is a nationally recognized aviation security and law enforcement consultant that has developed security systems, methods and procedures, and professional standards that are utilized by a myriad of local, state, federal, and international aviation security and law enforcement agencies that secure the global aviation environment. Understanding the importance of information sharing and training, she modernized and wrote the State of California mandated Aviation Security for Law Enforcement Officers training course as a consultant to the California Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (POST) that certifies law enforcement officers. She created a training curriculum that addressed the multi-cultural and dynamic venue that a global system such as aviation presents with a concentration on terrorism and its global effect on aviation security. Post-9/11, taking this training curriculum nationwide, she has trained over 3500 police officers, TSA and other aviation security personnel, which included the entire law enforcement components for Atlanta-Hartsfield, Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Shreveport, and Jackson Evers Airport Police Departments. She created a variety of crisis emergency management and other aviation security-related courses. LaPonda also provides aviation security and public safety consulting services for Birdi & Associates, a systems engineering consulting and contracting firm based in Southern California. Intrigued by the jihadist phenomenon and its ability to influence ordinary people to participate in extraordinary and out-of-character violent acts, LaPonda returned to the classroom as a student to further her education in the field of Sociology as it relates to globalization and the effect on aviation and related workplace safety and security. She had a concentration in diversity, religion, and other issues that affect a global society. She received her B.A. from UCLA. She continues to be a life-long learner. LaPonda is a member of the AAAE Transportation Security, Training, Diversity, and Operations, Safety, Planning, and Emergency Management committees, and ASIS. She received the National Black Police Association Outstanding African American Woman in Law Enforcement “Taking Charge of Change” Award in 2011, and the California National Guard Commendation, Post 911 Operation Safe Passage Training and Military Deployment to Airports in 2002. Having a passion for Human Resources Management with a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility (DEIA), non-discrimination, gender equality, and unconscious bias, LaPonda also helps organizations improve their service to both their internal and external customers by understanding that an organization is only as good as its culture, its employees, and its decision making. She helps organizations provide their teams with the essential tools and insights neces
Duty of Care


Visitor parking is located at the Sheraton underground garage (for a fee), next to the main entrance on St. Asaph Street.

During the registration process, you acknowledged our Duty of Care, which is our commitment to providing you, and all our participants, a safe and healthy meeting environment. Specifically, as this event is being hosted in the AAAE Conference Center, you should not attend if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, unless you are fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC and have tested negative for COVID. If you believe that you may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 within five (5) days of an event and are fully vaccinated, you may attend the event but are asked to wear a facial covering at the event. Upon arriving in the first-floor lobby, you will be greeted by AAAE staff. Before accessing the elevator, please be prepared to register at the kiosk. Please note, at the kiosk you will be asked a series of symptom and exposure questions related to COVID-19. Your responses will determine your ability to enter the building. Once the registration is accepted, you will be escorted upstairs.