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3 important benefits to the CAFM program

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

By: Patty Cook, Manager, Fleet Services, Element Fleet Management

NAFA’s Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) certification is the industry standard and the largest, most acclaimed certification in fleet. In fact, the CAFM designation, a self-study program, is often required by employers. To become certified, a student or fleet professional must demonstrate expertise in the areas of asset management, business management, financial management, fleet information management, maintenance management, professional development, risk management and vehicle fuel management.

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Here are some of the benefits of the CAFM program:

Increase your value and gain a competitive advantage.

Adding a CAFM certification to your resume will make you stand out. Because the program is backed by universities, the education quality is equal to what you would find in a college classroom with 12 college credits. Although it is a self-study program, it is the best of the best when it comes to fleet certification, offering a vast perspective on the fleet industry, including the most up-to-date fleet management education.

Grow your career with the latest industry information.

Expand your career opportunities with the ever-evolving nature of the CAFM certification. The program continues to grow, stemming from the original CFM (Certified Fleet Manager) program, started in 1984. The original program was rooted in traditional corporate fleet management, but the current CAFM program is much more balanced. The curriculum includes best practices in public safety, public works, utility and other fleet segment perspectives with regularly updated and revised content.

Adjust the program to fit your needs.

If you’re looking for a certification with more narrow focus, the CAFS (Certified Automotive Fleet Specialist) program might be for you. This gives candidates the option to select four of the eight disciplines covered in the CAFM program, based on education and employment needs. The CAFS program is open to anyone with at least one year of experience in a fleet-related position, or those enrolled in a fleet-related college or university program. 

New in 2017, NAFA introduced the Sustainable Fleet Certificate Program. This program was developed in partnership with NAFA, Calstart and NC State University, and is designed to provide fleet professionals the methods and tools needed for a successful, sustainable fleet. This certification consists of six one hour presentations that include: Building a Sustainable Fleet Program, Sustainable Driver Training, Sustainable Fleet Metrics, Sustainable Leadership and Change Management, Using and Tracking Fuel to Support Sustainability, Acquiring a Sustainable Fleet: Strategic Mobility Concepts.

Take advantage of flexible resources and tools.

NAFA partners with Computer Assisted Testing Service, Inc (Comira) to offer computer-based testing, which is now its primary testing method. This allows students the flexibility to schedule testing at various locations across the United States and Canada and receive real-time results.

NAFA also offers paper testing at industry events, such as the annual I&E expo. Results for the paper test arrive several weeks after completing the testing.

To learn more about CAFS and CAFM, visit fleetcertification.org. What are your thoughts on CAFM/S certification? Send us a Tweet @ElementFleet.

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