National Credential
Credential: Certified Aviation Manager (CAM)  GI Bill resource  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)

The NBAA Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Program is for mid- to entry-level professionals interested in pursuing a career leading flight departments and companies that use business aircraft. Individuals who are CAM certified have job titles such as Maintenance Manager, Aviation Director, Operations Director, and others. Through CAM certification, the candidate demonstrates an expert-level of commitment to the aviation industry.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 36 months

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Warrant Officer 152B OH-58A/C Scout Pilot (RC) WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 152C OH-6 Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 152D OH-58D Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 152E AH-64E Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 152F AH-64A Attack Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 152H AH-64D Attack Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153A Rotary Wing Aviator (Aircraft Nonspecific) WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153B UH-1 Pilot (RC) WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153D UH-60 Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153E MH-60 Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153L UH-72A Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 153M UH-60M Pilot WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 154C CH-47D Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 154E MH-47 Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 154F CH-47F Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 155A Fixed Wing Aviator (Aircraft Nonspecific) WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 155E C-12 Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 155F Jet Aircraft Pilot WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 155G 0-5A/EO-5B/RC-7 Pilot WOMOS some        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education: Approved Program
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 36 months

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
1200 G Street NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC  20005
Phone: (202) 783-9000
Fax: (202) 331-8364
Email: info@nbaa.org

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM)

NBAA requires that CAM Program candidates possess two years of work experience in business aviation.

NBAA assesses candidates on a point system. Candidates are awarded points in the following areas:
Employment History
Formal Education
Licensing and Certification
Continuing Education

Category 1: Employment History
Two years of business aviation experience are required. Points are awarded based on experience in various supervisory and nonsupervisory positions.
The four employment categories are as follows:
People Management With Direct Reports – Supervisory (e.g., chief pilot, chief of maintenance, dispatch supervisor, director, CFO)
Program Management in Business Aviation – Nonsupervisory (e.g., standards, safety, lead technician, lead scheduler, lead flight attendant, training)
Pilot/Maintenance/Dispatch in Business Aviation – Nonsupervisory (e.g., captain, pilot, co-pilot, flight attendant, scheduler, technician, admin)
Aviation Other – Nonsupervisory (e.g., occupations from other aviation segments such as airline, military, CFI, line service, admin)

Application Point Qualification System
Individuals may use the Application Point Qualification System to calculate CAM application points for employment history, formal education, licensing and certification, and continuing education.
Employment History – 90 points maximum
Formal Education – 45 points maximum; choose points for highest level of education attained
Licensing and Certification – 30 points maximum; copies of licenses and certificates are required to be submitted with the application
Continuing Education – 45 points maximum
A minimum total of 100 points is required in the CAM application to qualify for the CAM exam.

Category 2: Formal Education
Aviation Trade School – 15 points
Associate's Degree – 25 points
Baccalaureate Degree – 35 points
Master's Degree or Higher – 45 points
Maximum points allowed from formal education are 45 points, no matter how many degrees awarded.

The Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credential has the following other requirements:

  • CAM Program candidates are required to submit two letters of recommendation.

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM)

  • Leadership (23%)
  • Human Resources (18%)
  • Operations (21%)
  • Aircraft Maintenance and Facilities Operations (19%)
  • Business Management (19%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by ISO-Quality Testing, Inc. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the ISO-Quality Testing, Inc website:

For more information on the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Aviation Manager (CAM)

Renewal Period: 36 months

The Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • In order to maintain their certification, the CAM Program requires all certificants to participate in and document activities supporting the continuation of their CAM certification every three years. Recertification supports the CAM requirement that the professional commit to ongoing maintenance of professional competence over time. To meet this requirement, certificants must accrue a combination of continuing education and professional leadership experience during the relevant timeframe. Certificants must apply for recertification or lose their certification upon expiration of the then-current certificate. Download the CAM Recertification form used for assessing compliance with the program on the CAM page of the NBAA site.