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CAM Governing Board Focused on Training the Next Generation

Scott Rose has a simple message for anyone considering applying for NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credential: Don’t fear the exam. Elected chairman of the CAM Governing Board last year, Rose says one of his top goals is encouraging the nearly 700 people who have requested the official CAM Study Guide to apply and take the exam.

“Sometimes facing your greatest fear can lead to your greatest success,” said Rose. “For me personally, having the CAM has been a huge benefit.”

Manager of flight operations at PepsiCo’s Addison Airport (ADS) base and a pilot by training, Rose studied for the CAM exam with the guidance of PepsiCo’s New York-based maintenance manager, Pat Cunningham, who went on to become director of aviation and chairman of the NBAA Board of Directors. That cross-discipline mentoring gave Rose the confidence not just to take the exam, but also to assume a leadership role that required a broader knowledge base than his own discipline.

Rose acknowledges that the CAM exam tests knowledge in areas that some business aviation professionals might not familiar with to (such as human resources and business management), but he emphasizes that those areas are essential to operating a successful flight department.

“Facing the unknown is what makes an aviation career,” said Rose, “and this exam is really not that much different. It prepares you to lead and gives you an opportunity to study material that will benefit your career whatever your next move is.”

Because the CAM exam tests knowledge across different disciplines, studying is essential, even for experienced professionals, and the CAM Governing Board encourages aspiring candidates to take advantage of industry support as they prepare.

“Peer mentoring is a clear focus for us,” said Rose. “One of our goals this year is for ‘every CAM to get a CAM’ – that is, to mentor someone pursing the credential. The CAM Governing Board is also solidly behind CAM study groups, including a recently launched online discussion forum, BeaCAM.com, that started as an offshoot of an interest expressed on NBAA Air Mail.”

When the CAM Program first started, there was a perception in the industry that the credential was mainly for pilots and directors of aviation.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” said Rose, pointing to Cunningham as an example of a maintenance manager who earned his CAM and now leads a flight department. Noting that 15 years ago, it may not have been popular to imagine a director of aviation who was not a pilot, Rose predicted the industry will soon see professionals from other disciplines, including scheduler/dispatchers, stepping up to the director role.

“There’s opportunity in all aspects in the flight department,” said Rose. “With proper education, proper training and the desire to lead, the CAM will help you move forward. Beyond the traditional flight department roles, we’re seeing interest from people in repair centers, airport managers, FBO businesspeople and others. If you’re involved in business aviation, you’re a good candidate for the CAM.”

For More Information

Learn more about the CAM Program at www.nbaa.org/cam.

Listen to Scott Rose discuss the CAM Program's evolving mission in the May 16, 2011, NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

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