Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Planning & Environmental Review Course

April 22-25, 2024 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET daily |LIVE ONLINE TRAINING


The Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Airport Planning and Environmental Review Course is designed especially for aviation professionals responsible for planning and environmental compliance at commercial service and general aviation airports and aviation-based companies. The certification is based on fundamental federal regulations and policies, research from aviation organizations and generally accepted planning and environmental practices. It explores the diverse components that make-up the airport, including airside and landside facilities, stakeholder participation, master planning, airport layout plan development, and environmental considerations. This course will be an extensive review of the ACE Planning body of knowledge modules to help attendees learn and retain the information and pass the exam.

Why attend?

Learn from professionals with extensive experience in the areas of airport planning and environmental
a thorough education and use your knowledge to become more effective in your job
your promotional and career opportunities in the aviation planning field
a prestigious ACE designation and become a part of an elite group of "qualified" aviation planners and environmental specialists


Course fee:
$1300 - regular registration
$1100 - active duty military or federal government (documentation required)

Please noteEnrollment to the course does not include the ACE Planning Program Fee. In order to take the final examination, you must register for the ACE Planning Program Fee separately. 
Do not miss our special rate of $410 for the ACE Planning Program Fee as part of the Training purchase. You will see the discount information as you complete the registration process.
*You MUST submit the ACE Planning Program Fee to take the final certification exam.

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

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


(subject to change)

Review Course Introduction
Introduction to Planning/environmental 
Elements influencing planning projects
Landside & Airside considerations 
Planning for other types of facilities 
Preparing for a planning and environmental projec
Pre-planning activities 
Stakeholder Engagement 
Design Elements & Fundamentals 
Master Planning Process 
Airport Layout Plans 
Exhibit ‘A’ Property Maps 
Specialty Plan Analysis 
Environmental Compliance and Regulations/NEPA
Specialty Plans Related to Environmental Topics 
Sustainability & Resilience
Final Review and Q&A
Exam (2 hours)



Stephanie A. Ward, AICP

Department Manager, Aviation Planning
Mead & Hunt, Inc.
Lansing, MI

As an aviation planning manager for Mead & Hunt, Stephanie Ward oversees the development of planning projects for airports, as well as state and federal agencies. Stephanie has over 32 years of experience in the aviation industry and has been heavily involved in all aspects of aviation during that time. As a private pilot since the late 1980’s, Stephanie is passionate about working with communities and airport sponsors to keep airports viable. She was the principal investigator for ACRP Report 259 regarding tree mitigation around airports – a topic she is heavily involved in with a number of her client airports. Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and a master’s degree in Parks and Recreation Resources from Michigan State University, and she is a certified member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.