Executive Education

Advanced Certificates and Open-enrolment Programs

Aerospace and Aviation

Develop the global vision needed to be a driving force in the world of aviation & aerospace

Since the 1990s, the aerospace industry has undergone significant changes. There are now fewer but much larger companies that dominate the market, with hundreds of suppliers competing for subcontracts. Key trends include increased emphasis on operational efficiency, outsourcing development & manufacturing, etc.

Quick facts

Level: Certified Program
Language: English 
Duration: 2 weeks 
Location: AirBusiness Academy Concordia University, Aviation Management Institute (AMI)


- Highly interactive approach 
- In-depth and global perspective of the industry 
- Renowned academic partners

Locations: Montreal, Canada (May) and Paris/ Toulouse, France (October)

Academic partners: Concordia University with visiting professors from MIT, McGill Air & Space Law Institute and international North American industry specialists, and AirBusiness Academy

Credits gained upon successful completion of this 2-module Advanced Certificate may be used towards the HEC Paris Executive MBA. The EMBA  Major in Aerospace and Aviation can be taken as a specialization within the HEC Executive MBA. The EMBA requires only 7 or 8 weeks out of the office during a 17-month period. More information in the Admission section.

Tuition fees:
14,585 € (2016)

Costs include all teaching fees, academic material, accommodation in both locations.
On free evenings, dinners will be at the expense of the participants.
Travel expenses to and from all modules are not included.
Academic fees are not subject to VAT.

Location: AirBusiness Academy Concordia University, Aviation Management Institute (AMI)
Dates of next session: Sunday 21 May 2017
Duration: 2 weeks

Session 1:  

Montréal, Canada

21 - 26 May 2017 (TBC)

The Advanced Certificate in Aerospace and Aviation is open to all Executive MBA participants at HEC Paris and to external applicants with significant business experience in the industry. Participants must also have an international mindset and be actively involved in their companies strategic decision-making. 

What specific long-term benefits can you gain from the program?

  • Develop the global vision needed to be a driving force in the world of aviation & aerospace.
  • Understand the dynamics and complexity of these highly deregulated markets.
  • Acquire valuable insights into the evolution of the industry’s business models.
  • Share your experience with other experienced managers and build up a network of peers.
  • Increase your self-confidence in strategic decision-making and sharpen your business skills and acumen.
  • Challenge your assumptions with leading professionals from the industry’s major companies.

This Advanced Certificate also focuses on relevant concepts and tools in finance, marketing and information technology from the perspective of the Aviation and Aerospace industry. These include, airline & aircraft financing, airline revenue management, competitive advantages derived from supply chain management, IT expertise, and e-business development. Our teaching methods encourage a high level of participant interaction through case studies, guest speakers, workshops and presentations as well as a Team Research Project.

The Advanced Certificate in Aviation & Aerospace is structured around two week-long intensive modules, which consider the Aerospace and Aviation industry from different perspectives. This approach affords original insights into the future of the industry and how to best prepare for it. 

The first module will take place in Montreal, Canada, the world capital of the Aviation industry. It focuses on the economics of the aviation industry, the role of International Institutions, their impact on strategy and risk management. This seminar is hosted by the Aviation Management Institute of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, with visiting professors from MIT, McGill Air & Space Law Institute and international industry lecturers.

The second module takes place at the HEC campus in Paris and in Toulouse. It focuses on how to convert internal competitive advantages and in-depth understanding of the industry into successful corporate strategies in the Aviation and Aerospace sectors.

Academic Director(s)

Georges Rochas, HEC Paris Affiliate Professor

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“The program has clearly allowed me gain a broader perspective of the different areas of the industry.”

Cécile Milward

In-House Legal Counsel in Thales Group

“I realized that there is so much to learn, and that it is very important to go beyond one’s comfort zone for professional and personal development.”

Djamal Boussaa

Head of Project Management at Aerolite AG

“The high level profiles of my classmates has been an exceptional asset.”

Luca Boccaletto

Project Manager at European Space Agency

“I’ve learnt that the aerospace industry is special – if you want to evolve or create a business in that field, you need to learn about the industry rules.”

Matthieu Repellin

Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy, Airbus Group

“The second session was for me a real “eye-opener”: I explored different areas that I had rarely considered before, ranging from aircraft sales to risk management and opportunities in the insurance...”

Silvère Le Blond

Airline Pilot at Air Canada

General Information

  • Open enrolment subject to our selection process.
  • The language of instruction is English. A professional level in English is required: TOEIC, TOEFL or IELTS (for applicants whose mother tongue is not English or candidates who do not hold a university degree from an English speaking institution).
  • 18 credits gained upon successful completion of this two module Advanced Certificate may be used towards the HEC Paris Executive MBA.
  • Holders of an Advanced Certificate will be able to deduct the full price of the Advanced Certificate if they are admitted to the HEC Paris EMBA.
  • Each Advanced Certificate has two 1-week modules fixed for May and October respectively, to be delivered in two different locations, one of which is outside of France.
  • Each module has a 5-day schedule, for a total of 10 days or 90 hours per Advanced Certificate.

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Contact us

Jean-Bernard Tison
+33 (0)1 39 67 75 44


2 weeks
Dates of next session:
Sunday 21 May 2017

Dates of next session

Place: AirBusiness Academy
Dates of next session: May 21, 2017

Session 1:  

Montréal, Canada

21 - 26 May 2017 (TBC)

Tuition fees:
14,585 € (2016)


Suzanne Reed
Vice President Corporate Communication Services, Airbus SAS

"I started out by choosing the Advanced Certificate in Aerospace and Aviation.

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