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Maritime Leadership Certification Program

HOW TO APPLY: Applications are accepted in April of each year for programs to start in June. Your submission packet needs to include 2 letters of recommendation, alongside the application.


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 1-2 years, in classes of 15-20, and welcomes all VMA members to apply, no age restrictions.

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

"I'm impressed and energized after every session. The combination of industry segments and leadership development means there's always something to learn!"

- Camille Crofton Cherry, Marketing Director at Crofton Industries



  • Leadership Sessions
  • Out-of-Region Session
  • Legislative Session
  • Volunteer once for the LogisXGames
  • Industry Sessions

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


Application Process

Applicants will be required to submit a form, two letters of recommendation, and a resume by the April deadline each year to


MLCP Chair


With room to strengthen and influence this network, the Virginia Maritime Association encourages you to join today.  For further information or questions regarding MLCP or Future Leaders:

William Russell, Future Leader and MLCP Chair


Thank you to our Anchor Members



Virginia Maritime Association
236 E. Plume Street Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-622-2639
Fax: 757-622-6302