I took a class this week for work. 3.5 days in a zoom classroom with a 400-page workbook detailing the MANY intricacies of running the operations side of an airport. And then yesterday, I took the required exam, and passed on my first try. Seriously, it's almost crazy the level of detail the FAA requires for literally everything from the width of the black border surrounding painted stripes on the airfield based on the type of surface, to the types of light bulbs you can and cannot use for various lenses you might have, to the exact amount of time you have to clear runways of snow and ice (which was all new to me since it doesn't snow here).
The cert itself is called ACE, or Airport Certified Employee. I managed to take 60 pages of notes in the class, only to realize the exam would not allow me to use any of it. The exam itself was only 100 questions, but the weird part was how it was proctored. Before starting, I had to rotate my webcam around the room to show a full 360 degrees including all 4 walls, the floor and ceiling, and my desk. Then during the test, all video, audio, and my screen was recorded.
Now I get to put the fancy ACE credential on my business cards and email signature. Pair that with the CM cert I got a few years ago (and was probably more difficult) , and I'm developing quite the word salad after my name. Feels good to know I'm not too old to learn and retain new information. It doesn't give me any sort of bump in pay, but it will look great on the ol' resume when I apply for promotions or if I ever want to work at a different airport.
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