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New IAAPA Certification Program Sets High Mark of Achievement for Attractions Industry Professionals

(May 1, 2015) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) introduces the IAAPA Certification program, establishing a new mark of achievement for global attractions industry professionals.     

Industry professionals can earn credit toward three levels of IAAPA Certification by participating in IAAPA-organized institutes, education sessions, and webinars, and completing learning opportunities offered by other organizations. In addition, an individual's years of work experience counts toward IAAPA Certification.

"The IAAPA Certification program provides the first available recognition for global attractions professionals from all sectors of the industry," said IAAPA Vice President of Education, Professional Development, and Training Services Rebecca Turner. "Attractions professionals from amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, museums, science centers, zoos, aquariums, manufacturers, and suppliers are eligible to earn this prestigious designation and demonstrate their commitment to professional and personal excellence."

The three professional designations within the certification program are IAAPA Certified Attractions Manager, IAAPA Certified Attractions Leader, and IAAPA Certified Attractions Executive.

An IAAPA Certified Attractions Manager (ICAM), must complete 60 hours of IAAPA-recognized training, including at least five hours in each of five separate education domains: marketing, revenue operations, finance, leadership/human resources, and safety/operations. Applicants must also have a minimum of three years of full-time work experience and one year of supervisory experience in the attractions industry.

The next level, IAAPA Certified Attractions Leader (ICAL), requires 140 IAAPA-recognized credit hours within seven years, including at least 80 hours earned within four years of application. Also, the applicant must have five years of full-time work experience, three of which are in the attractions industry and two of which are in a supervisory role.

IAAPA Certified Attractions Executives (ICAE) must have at least 10 years of experience, with seven at a leadership level, and must have served on an IAAPA committee. In addition, they must either complete 200 credit hours of IAAPA-recognized training within 10 years of applying or earn ICAL recognition and achieve 60 more hours of professional development training.

All IAAPA education programs will be assigned a credit hour value applicable toward IAAPA Certification, including the IAAPA Safety Institute, IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers, IAAPA Leadership Conference, IAAPA Institute for Executive Education, IAAPA's FEC Annual Conference, IAAPA webinars, and education conferences at Asian Attractions Expo, Euro Attractions Show, and IAAPA Attractions Expo.

Applicants can submit non-IAAPA education programs for consideration and each will be evaluated and assigned credit hours by IAAPA staff and the IAAPA Education Committee. Facility owners, operators, and other organizations can have their in-house training program pre-approved for credit hour recognition by IAAPA.

More than 200 attractions industry professionals have already gained IAAPA Certification.

Additional information on IAAPA Certification, including a step-by-step guide on how to achieve certification, the IAAPA Certification Application Form, the IAAPA Certification Application Guidebook, a credit hour estimator, and pre-approved course list is available at www.IAAPA.org/Certification.

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents more than 4,800 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. The association's global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, and it maintains regional offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Orlando. 


Editor's Note: A downloadable version of the IAAPA Certification logo is available at: www.IAAPA.org/news/iaapa-press-office/iaapa-certification-logo

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