Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Review Course

May 20-23, 2024 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST Daily | Fayetteville, AR









About the Course

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!

Why Attend?

  • 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.

Click below for full agenda. Subject to change. Please check back for updates.

LaPonda Fitchpatrick


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

Owner/Senior Consultant

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 necessary to add value to their workforce to increase their bottom line. LaPonda is a Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional and a DEIA and unconscious bias specialist.

Registration Fees & Deadlines

You acknowledge that in registering for and attending this AAAE event, you agree to adhere to the cancellation policy noted below, AAAE's Duty of Care, and AAAE's Code of Conduct and Terms and Conditions.


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

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.


or Download a .pdf registration form to fill out and return.

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If you have issues registering, please contact the Training Department at or call 703-797-9009.

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Cancellation Policy:

Training registration fees are non-refundable. For all inquiries regarding cancellations, please contact the AAAE Training Department by email at By submitting a completed online registration, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the cancellation policy and that the cancellation policy for this webinar supersedes the general cancellation policy noted in AAAE Event Participant Terms and Conditions. 

NOTE: AAAE reserves the right to postpone or cancel an event if the number of registrants is insufficient; due to acts of God; or any other reason beyond AAAE’s control. In this event, we will notify all registrants and credit the full registration fee towards another AAAE training, product or service. Confirmation letters will be emailed to attendees within one business day of registration. If you have not received an email confirmation of your registration within 1 day of registering, and you enrolled at least two hours prior to the online event, please contact the AAAE Training Department at Please note failure to receive a confirmation letter before an event will not be grounds for a refund.

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Hotel & Travel

Desoto Hotel

Hotel Accommodations

All events (except where noted in the agenda) are being held at the Desoto Savannah, 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA; phone 866.810.5325. We have secured two separate room blocks. The first room block is for all Non-Federal or Non-Military attendees. You will receive a special rate of $239 single/double, plus tax. The second room block is a per-diem rate for Federal and Military attendees. You will receive a special government per diem rate of $147 single/double, plus tax. Please note, you must provide appropriate documentation at check-in or you will be charged the higher rate.

The last day to receive either of these discounted rates Thursday, March 14, 2024. Rooms may sell out before this date, so make your reservations early. You can call the hotel directly at 866.810.5325 and tell them you are with the Industrial Aviation Workshop or book online directly using the following links:

Civilian/Military Airport Connection (CMAC)

What is CMAC?

The Civilian/Military Airport Connection (CMAC) program helps separating military personnel and new veterans acclimate from managing military airfields to the dynamic and complex commercial-use airport environment.

There are four components to the program:

  1. Professional transition workshop
  2. One airport certification course - choice of ACE Airfield Operations or Certified Member (C.M.)
  3. One year membership in AAAE
  4. Airport job shadowing


Program Benefits:

  • Ensure a smooth transition from military to civilian airport operations and management.
  • Earn the Airport Certified Employee (ACE) Airfield Operations certification or Certified Member (C.M.), that will put you ahead of other candidates for potential jobs.
  • Network with airport executives around the country through communities and events.
  • Explore various airport positions through the shadow program.
  • Receive discounts on other AAAE trainings and events.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Extend your reach and maximize exposure to a powerful audience by sponsoring the Industrial Aviation and Military Operations Workshop. From the opening networking reception, to breaks, lunches, and sessions, we have multiple tiers of sponsorships available. Your sponsorship will reinforce brand loyalty and show potential clients your company is a major player in the industry. Sponsorships are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so act now before these opportunities sell out!

Don’t let your competition get all the attention, become a sponsor today!

Available Opportunities



Wi-Fi Sponsorship
Exclusive Sponsorship: $1,500.00



Wednesday, March 27


Airbase Tour Transportation
Exclusive Sponsorship: $1,500.00
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Networking Reception
Exclusive Sponsorship: $2,500.00
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Thursday, March 28


Continental Breakfast
Exclusive Sponsorship: $1,000.00
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

AM Refreshment Break
Exclusive Sponsorship: $750.00
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Exclusive Sponsorship: $1,500.00
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

PM Refreshment Break
Exclusive Sponsorship: $750.00
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Friday, March 29


Continental Breakfast
Exclusive Sponsorship: $1,000.00
7:15 AM - 8:00 AM

Grab and Go Lunch
Exclusive Sponsorship: $1,000.00
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Contact Us

Questions? Contact Us!

Training Department

703.824.0500 Option 4