TO APPLY: Applicants are required to submit an application, resume, and two letters of recommendation by the November 23rd deadline. Those selected will begin in March 2023.  

The application period is now closed.

The new class will begin in March.



VMA's Maritime Leadership Certification Program (MLCP) provides professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the maritime industry, a network of key industry stakeholders, and critical leadership skills.

The program is designed to be completed in one year with classes of 25 participants and welcomes all VMA members to apply.

MLCP leaders will participate monthly in special programs, tours, and socials, providing them with exposure to all facets of the maritime industry and the opportunity to build a professional network.

They will acquire additional access to expert industry leaders and opportunities to gain critical leadership skills.



12 Monthly sessions diving into different industry segments and leadership skills

2 Out-of-region opportunities

4 Volunteer opportunities

1 Year program (includes facility tours when available)


Industry Segments

  • Beneficial Cargo Owner & Customs Compliance
  • Economic Development & Workforce
  • Environmental
  • Security
  • Shipbuilding & Repair
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Logistics
  • Maritime Law & Insurance
  • Navigation & Supporting Agencies
  • Terminal Operations & Labor Relations
  • Towing & Barge
  • Transportation

Leadership Skills

  • Self Awareness & Self Assessment
  • Leadership Styles & Philosophies
  • Executive Presence & Personal Brand
  • From Vision to Strategy to Execution
  • Civic Leadership
  • Communication Styles & Skills
  • Coaching, Mentoring, Sponsorship
  • Negotiation & Decision Making
  • Followership
  • Learning Agility
  • Collaboration & Team Dynamics
  • Persuasion, Influence & Managing Up

How does MLCP compare to the Future Leaders?

The Maritime Leadership Certificate Program was designed while keeping the Future Leaders program in mind, providing both groups with exposure to various segments of the maritime supply chain industries. However, the Future Leaders program focuses on providing a basic level of industry exposure to those under 40, whereas the MLCP is without any age restrictions, drawing in members seeking a more comprehensive understanding of the industry and skills required for leadership.

Application Process

New class to be announced in 2023 for a March start.

The following is required to apply to the MLCP program:

  • A completed application on google form
  • Your resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Deadline: November 23rd, 2022

 The application is closed. 

“To be able to gain “insider” knowledge about all the industries that make up the VMA through the industry segments was super valuable; this certainly made myself more valuable in my industry.”
- Andrew Aladj, Account Executive, TowneBank/Towne Insurance

The video above features interviews with members of the MLCP