IAAPA Celebrates Outstanding Industry Leaders Earning ICAE and ICAP Certifications
IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, announced that 10 industry professionals have earned the prestigious IAAPA Certified Attractions Executive (ICAE) and IAAPA Certified Attractions Professional (ICAP) certifications. These distinguished individuals have successfully passed exams demonstrating exceptional knowledge and skills, on a variety of topics related to successful leadership roles within the industry.
The following professionals have been awarded the ICAE certification:
- Marc Grimault, Senior Manager, Attraction Safety, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, USA
- Matt Freed, Managing Director, Fantasy Island Amusement Park, New Jersey, USA
- Faisal Mirza, Project Manager – Operations for Illuminarium Experiences, Legends Hospitality/Legends Global Attractions, New York, USA
- Steven Tarca, Director, Guest Experience, Summit One Vanderbilt, New York, USA
- Marilyn Franco, Director of Guest Experience, Summit One Vanderbilt, New York, USA
- James Potter, Vice President of Guest Experience, Summit One Vanderbilt, New York, USA
- Lei Tang, Deputy General Manager, SUNAC Culture & Tourism Co., Ltd., Beijing, China
- Jan Taylor, Director of Food and Beverage, Six Flags Qiddaya, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
To be eligible for the ICAE certification, individuals have seven years of industry experience (with a bachelor’s degree) or 10 years without. Once approved into the program, candidates have two years to pass a 70-question, multiple-choice exam. Exam questions are based on a case study that reflects the real-world experiences the participants would encounter on the job.
The following professionals have received the ICAP certification
- Adam Hartzer, Operations and Tech Base Supervisor, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, USA
- Dannon Lucia, Show Producer, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, USA
ICAP applicants have between one and six years of industry experience and obtain certification after passing a 200-question exam assessing their general knowledge on Facility Operations, Entertainment and Guest Relations; Revenue and Financial Management; Safety and Security;
Marketing and Public Relations; and HR and Management.
By attaining these certifications, all recipients have demonstrated a deep understanding of the industry's best practices and have proven their commitment to providing memorable and enjoyable experiences for guests worldwide.
“IAAPA is committed to fostering excellence and professionalism within the amusement and entertainment industry,” said Jakob Wahl, president and chief executive officer of IAAPA. “The ICAE and ICAP certifications recognize individuals who have shown exemplary dedication and expertise in their respective fields. We are immensely proud of the recipients and applaud their achievements.”
The new IAAPA Certification programs are rigorous and comprehensive, evaluating professionals based on their knowledge, experience, and industry contributions. The certifications serve as a mark of distinction and provide recipients with a competitive edge in their careers.