This PDP Provider Guidelines document is intended to help educational providers prepare to submit courses for NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) approval.

NBAA’s PDP prepares business aviation professionals for management roles within business aviation flight departments. Established training organizations and educational institutions, known as “approved PDP providers,” offer courses year-round through a variety of convenient and flexible delivery methods, including on-site seminars, internet courses and video instruction.

NBAA recognizes educational providers for offering courses that meet defined PDP objectives, and individuals receive Association recognition for successfully completing PDP-approved courses. Since the program’s launch in January 1998, there have been over 11,000 PDP course completions.

PDP courses are designed to teach the skills needed to be an effective manager, which are the same regardless of a person’s specialty background. All members of the flight department are good candidates for management training, whether supervisory pilots, maintenance personnel, line service personnel, schedulers, dispatchers or flight attendants.

NBAA encourages current and prospective educational providers to use these PDP Provider Guidelines when preparing course curricula for approval by the PDP Review Committee, in order to make the course approval process as efficient as possible. The committee, composed of business aviation management practitioners and experienced collegiate aviation educators, has authority over the program and final approval over all courses.

Download the PDP Objectives

The PDP curriculum objectives guide educational providers in the development of courses relating to the management of part or all of a flight department.

Download the PDP Objectives (186 KB, PDF)

PDP Course Proposal Application

Educational providers must complete this form to submit courses for review by the NBAA PDP Education Committee.

Download the PDP Course Proposal Application (101 KB, PDF)

Download the PDP Course Proposal Application (56 KB, Word)

PDP Provider Guidelines

This PDP Provider Guidelines document is intended to help educational providers prepare when submitting courses for NBAA Professional Development Program (PDP) approval.

Download the PDP Provider Guidelines (1.4 MB, PDF)

Submit the PDP Course Proposal Application, course outline or syllabus, and any supplementary materials to NBAA’s Molly Hitch at For questions, call Hitch at 202-783-9353.