Programme Purpose

The Global Aviation Professional Programme (GAPP) is a unique global initiative designed specifically for aviation professionals and civil aviation regulators. This programme has been developed in collaboration with prestigious institutions and organizations, such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Korea Aerospace University (KAU), and Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC).

The primary objective of this joint professional programme is to equip senior and mid-level aviation managers, along with civil aviation regulators, with a comprehensive professional training programme. Participants will gain a profound understanding of the relevant ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), while simultaneously acquiring the necessary competencies to proficiently address various aviation-related challenges. By instilling these skills, the programme aims to ensure effective management of aviation issues and the consistent implementation of industry best practices.

Learning Objectives

After completion of this programme, participants will be able to:

  • Develop and enhance the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to increase expertise in aviation, such as airport, airline, air cargo and specific areas of safety and security.

  • Develop and implement procedures of the safety and security program and applicable rules and regulations as per ICAO SARPs and international standards.

  • Analyze and interpret aviation safety concerns in various contexts and communicate them effectively to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Provide hands-on experiences and on-the-job practical training opportunities in terms of airport operation, management, safety, and security.

Target Audience

  • Senior and middle managers, aviation professionals from Civil Aviation Authorities(CAAs), Airlines, Aerodrome operators, and other relevant agencies working in the aviation industry.

Programme Parners

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world, and establishes Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) necessary for the safety, security, efficiency and regularity of international civil aviation, and serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its Member States.
The Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is a private university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA.  With its residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, along with over 100 education facilities around the world, Embry-Riddle has an annual enrollment of nearly 33,000 students and offers more than 100 degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. level, in the following areas: aviation; applied science; business; computers and technology; engineering; security, intelligence, and safety; and space
Korea Aerospace University (KAU), a private university established in 1952 in the Republic of Korea, aims to foster professionals with strong leadership and competence with the orientation to aviation and aerospace. KAU teaches and researches theories and applications in the domain of aerospace science and technologies, as well as in other academic fields that are essential to the development of Korea and human society as a whole. KAU provides high quality global education to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students.
The Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC), a state-owned public company, owns and operates Incheon Airport Aviation Academy (IAAA), a training center, which provides on-line and off-line aviation, related courses to overseas and domestic trainees. IAAA has successfully completed the TRAINAIR PLUS assessment conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and is certified as an ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Regional Training Centre of Excellence Member.

Programme Structure

This programme consists of seven (7) mandatory courses and seven (7) elective courses. The GAPP candidate selects two courses from seven elective courses. A total of nine courses must be completed per the completion timeframe.

Mandatory Courses (7)

  • Managing Compliance with ICAO SARPs
  • State Safety Programme
  • Airline Operations Management
  • Air Carrier, Passenger, and Cargo Management
  • Airport Management
  • Aviation Security Management
  • Aerodrome Safety Management

Elective Courses (7)

  • Aviation Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Annex 9 Facilitation
  • Unmanned Aviation Fundamentals
  • International Air Law
  • Airport Landside Security
  • Aerodrome Inspection
  • Airport Safety Field Visit

For more information on GAPP courses, please move to the "Courses" Section.

Programme Registration

Those who want to participate in the programme must fill out the application form. The application will be reviewed by a committee representing the four institutions. The administration staff from IAAA will contact the applicant to help with the registration of all courses through the training platform of ICAO, ERAU and KAU.

To register GAPP, please move to the "Registration" Section.

Programme Certificate

Upon successful completion of the Programme, participants will be awarded a certificate displaying the logos of ERAU, KAU, IIAC along with the ICAO logo.

Programme Administration

Completion Timeframe

All mandatory and elective courses must be completed within 24 months (2 years) from when the first course starts.

Condition for Graduate

  • Complete all seven (7) mandatory courses
  • Complete two (2) elective courses among seven (7) elective courses
  • Payment of all course fees and administration fees

If it is difficult to complete the Programme within two years due to unavoidable reasons, it can be extended up to three years, but the participants must submit a statement of reasons.

If a participant has already completed the required courses (especially ICAO-endorsed courses) and can provide the certificates, those courses will be credited from the programme.

Programme Fee

The total programme cost is subject to change due to the type and number of mandatory and elective courses selected by participants. Each selected course fee shall be paid individually to each institution (ICAO, ERAU, KAU and IIAC), and the payment of course fees follow the regulations of each institution.

Programme Benefits

Professional Development

Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge through a comprehensive curriculum developed by leading aviation experts from ICAO, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Korea Aerospace University and Incheon International Airport Corporation. This will enable them to excel in participant's current roles and pursue new career opportunities in the aviation industry.

Networking Opportunities

GAPP provides a platform for aviation professionals to connect and network with their peers from around the world. This allows for the exchange of ideas and best practices and the creation of new partnerships and collaborations.


Graduating from GAPP, a programme developed in partnership with ICAO, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Korea Aerospace University and Incheon International Airport Corporation, will enhance the individual's professional reputation and demonstrate their commitment to excellence in the aviation industry.

Career Advancement

GAPP can provide participants with the skills, knowledge, and credentials needed to advance in their current positions or seek new career opportunities in the aviation industry.

International Exposeure

GAPP provides a global perspective on aviation-related issues, which can be invaluable for aviation professionals seeking to work in an international context.