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Training, Certification & Continuing Education Programs in Port Management and Port Operations in locations across North America

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The International Association of Maritime and Port Executives (IAMPE), is a non-profit membership association of maritime port and marine transportation managers and executives who work cooperatively to develop and maintain standards for professionals in the maritime industry. The Association offers a variety of programs tailored to a wide range of experience levels for both blue- and brown-water professionals.

The IAMPE achieves this goal in two primary ways – by cultivating a membership network of port professionals across North America, and by providing a standardized education program to certify port professionals and pave the way for long term professional development. The IAMPE’s educational programs are structured to provide standardized tiers of certification for port professionals. The IAMPE also offers continuing education programs that featuring a revolving list of guest speakers on a wide variety of topics in the industry.

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Professional Programs

Training & Certification Programs



  • Maritime Port Manager (MPM) Certification: The Maritime Port Manager program is designed as an intensive two-day foundational seminar that covers all aspects of the port industry. The seminar is focused on how port facilities operate as integral intermodal connections in the worldwide transportation industry. It provides employees new to the industry with a comprehensive look at the fundamentals of port management, and provides industry vets with a refresher of the global transportation system.
  • Maritime Port Executive (MPE) Certification: The Maritime Port Executive program is designed to build on the foundations established in the MPM program. The MPE session is a two and a half day seminar that covers the specifics of how ports and marine terminals fit into communities; waterway, road and rail access; property and risk management; logistics from the shippers perspective including care, control and custody of cargo and the pricing of transportation services; tariffs and operational documents; business development; public and media relations; and strategic/master/logistics and cargo planning.
  • Inland Marine Port Manager and Executive (IMPM-IMPE) Certification: The IMPM-IMPE program is the first of its kind program specifically designed around the needs and demands of river ports. The IMPE is based on the Maritime Port Management and Executive program which is tailored toward coastal ports. Topics covered in the program include an overview of the brown-water transportation industry, current industry trends, port governance, port finance, port operations, safety and security, and more – all how they specifically relate to the needs of brown-water ports.
  • Accredited Marine Port Executive (AMPE): The Accredited Marine Port Executive (AMPE) certification is the highest level of professional certification offered. This advanced certification is designed to be the gold standard for professional education and certification in the international maritime and port industry and mirrors professional certifications issued in various other industrial disciplines. Each person receiving this certification must have advanced education, certification as a Professional Port Manager (PPM) as offered by the American Association of Port Authorities or other equivalent industry certification.
  • Marine Terminal Operator Course (2 days): This program is targeted at port and terminal employees with less than two-three years of experience in the industry and whose work is related to port facilities. This program reinforces the basics of port and terminal operations and management, and explores each of the departments that comprise a terminal.
  • Continuing Education Programs: The two-day continuing education programs provide sixteen continuing education credits necessary to advance from an MPE to an AMPE designation as well as credit for maintaining a number of other professional certifications. Credits may also be earned through the graduate online program managed by the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics and Maine Maritime Academy.
  • IMDG and 49 CFR Training: This training is designed to comply with the training requirements as set forth in IMDG and 49 CFR for initial and recurrent training. Function Specific and Safety Training are included in the class. The class is designed to cover the IMDG elements in the one day class with references to the exceptions covered by 49 CFR in the one day class. Additional training in the packaging areas as well as 49 CFR usages are available in the 16 hour course. The 8 hour class may be deemed sufficient for the initial and recurrent requirements under IMDG and 49 CFR regulations. The second day covers other material related to the regulations.

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