Fleet management is an ever-changing field that requires professionals to stay on top of federal legislation changes, new technologies, alternative fuels, and safety concerns. For over twenty years, NAFA Fleet Management Association has been setting the standard for fleet management credentialing through its the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) program. Recognized as the premier certification program within fleet management, the CAFM program makes the professional demonstrate expertise in every aspect of the job. In the past year, 31 fleet professionals successfully completed the CAFM program. The members of the 2011-12 class will be featured in the July/August issue of NAFA's FLEETSolutions magazine.
"NAFA's CAFM program is the industry standard for professional fleet certification. It is the only certification program that proves an individual's expertise in fleet," said NAFA's Executive Director Phillip E. Russo, CAE. "Other certification programs may attest that a person has minimum basic knowledge of fleet in certain specific areas, but the CAFM program makes you earn the designation by showing you understand every aspect of fleet management."
To become certified, an applicant must pass a series of comprehensive examinations in the eight disciplines of automotive fleet management: Fleet Information Management, Maintenance Management, Professional Development, Vehicle Fuel Management, Asset Management, Business Management, Financial Management, and Risk Management. More than 500 fleet professionals currently are signed up to earn certification, and close to 300 have completed the program to date.
"Together we're helping to make this designation the gold standard throughout the industry," said NAFA Vice President Bryan Flansburg, CAFM, the Reporting Officer for NAFA's Certification Board.
The 2011-2012 CAFM Graduation Class Includes:
Brett Barganz, CAFM - Village of Glenview Dept. of Public Works
Timothy Calhoun, CAFM - Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Dept.
James Coates, CAFM - LeasePlan USA
Krista Davis, CAFM - NuStar Energy
Sandeepinder Dhaliwal, CAFM - Province of British Columbia Ambulance Service
Michael Donahue, CAFM - Omaha Public Power District
John Ferguson, CAFM - City of Durham, NC
Iseña Garcia, CAFM - City of Virginia Beach Fleet Management Division, VA
Yvette Gentry, CAFM - TETRA Technologies, Inc.
Mark Gnatowoski, CAFM - State of Ohio Department of Transportation
Paul Hash, CAFM - Columbia Association
Frank Holland, CAFM - Independent Consultant
Gary Kelly, CAFM - Tucson Electric Power Company / Unisource Energy Services
Melanie Kiker, CAFM - Warren Equipment
Nanci Lien, CAFM - City of Seattle Fleet & Facilities Department
Delma Loomis, CAFM - Spectra Energy Fleet Services Department
Thomas Meyer, CAFM - Progress Energy Service Company
Nancy Palmer, CAFM - Consol Energy, Inc.
Robin Rehborg, CAFM - State of North Dakota Dept. of Transportation
Steve Rindshoj, CAFM - Cox Enterprises
Walt Rundell, CAFM - Ranken Technical College
Anthony Saxon, CAFM - Georgia Power Company
Paul Schmidt, CAFM - City of Fort Worth, TX
Dennis Simcoe, CAFM - City of Edmonton (AB) Fleet Services
Bill Sterner, CAFM - City of Fort Worth (TX) Equipment Services
Peter Varney, CAFM - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Georgiane Walls, CAFM - Wheels, Inc.
Jennifer Walls, CAFM - City of Austin, TX
Michael Wegas, CAFM - Cleveland Metroparks
Chris Wiley, CAFM - City of Seattle Fleet & Facilities Department
Michael Zeak, CAFM - Independent Consultant
NAFA's CAFM program is endorsed by the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA), Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA), and Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA). In addition, the CAFM program is offered for college credit at Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Michigan), Georgian College (Barrie, Ontario, Canada), and Ranken Technical College (St. Louis, Missouri).
For more information on the CAFM program and the Certified Automotive Fleet Specialist (CAFS) program (for those starting out in the fleet profession), please visit www.fleetcertification.org.