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Koko testimonial air fleet

"UCM has its own airport, an impressive fleet of airplanes and is AABI accredited"
- Miyukiko, M.S. in Aviation Safety


"Flying can be dangerous, and UCM teaches me to be at the top of my game."
- Nick, Professional Pilot major

Canaan Testimonial

"To be successful, you need the student-teacher relationships that are here at UCM."
- Chase, Professional Pilot and Aviation Management major

Accreditation Information

All undergraduate aviation programs at UCM are accredited through Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).



What is the Aviation Accreditation Board International?

The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) is a nonprofit 501 © (3) organization that meets twice a year and sets standards for all aerospace programs taught in colleges and universities around the United States and around the world.

Designed by educators, industry and the FAA, it judges the quality of aviation education courses. Programs that meet AABI standards are accredited for a five-year period.

Members of AABI are educators, customers, employees, regulators, manufacturers, research firms, and advocates. Ultimately, they are the people who teach and hire aspiring aviation industry professionals.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation ensures that professional programs achieve and maintain a level of performance, integrity, and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and public they serve.

In the United States this recognition is extended primarily through non-governmental, voluntary, institutional, or professional associations. These groups establish criteria for accreditation, arrange site visits, evaluate those institutions and professional programs seeking accreditation, and publicly designate those programs that meet the criteria.

Accreditation, which applies to institutions or programs, is distinguished from certification and licensure, which apply to individuals. Although accreditation is basically a private, voluntary process, accrediting decisions are used as a consideration in many formal actions by governmental funding agencies, scholarship commissions, foundations, employers, counselors, and potential students.

Accrediting bodies have, therefore, come to be viewed as quasi-public entities with important responsibilities to the many groups who interact with the educational community.

There are two types of accreditation:

  1. Institutional accreditation is granted by regional and national accrediting commissions of schools and colleges, which collectively serve most of the institutions chartered or licensed in the United States. These commissions and associations accredit the institution as a whole.
  2. Specialized accreditation of professional and occupational schools and programs is granted by commissions on accreditation established by national professional organizations.

Each of these groups has its own distinct definition of eligibility, criteria for accreditation, and operating procedures. However, all have undertaken accreditation activities primarily to ensure that the members of the profession or occupation have received the highest level of educational preparation possible.

The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) is a specialized accrediting organization comprised of representatives from all segments of the aviation field.

What are the Benefits of Membership?

  • Participate in the improvement of America's aviation education infrastructure
  • Network with representatives from every aspect of the aviation industry and develop important new contacts
  • Provide and collect valuable feedback through AABI contacts
  • Build your resume and enhance your marketability
  • Gain greater industry insight and develop an expertise in aviation career planning
  • Offer your students a clear path to their career goals
  • Justify future resources for your career counseling programs
  • Improve opportunities for scholarships
  • Build parental confidence