CPFC seeks to establish universal fleet certification
The Center for Professional Fleet Certification (CPFC) has been formed by fleet managers active in the NAFA CAFM programme with the stated intention of establishing standards of excellence, certifying attainment of those standards, and gaining universal acceptance of them.
NAFA president Christopher Amos, CAFM, made the official announcement about the CPFC on 24 April in Detroit during the association’s Annual Institute & Expo. According to Mr Amos, the CPFC will utilise the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) programme, which was established and is administered by NAFA Fleet Management Association, as the standard for all individual certifications. In addition, CPFC is developing organisational “best practice” standards, which are expected to be released in 2012.
CPFC is currently pursuing agreements with fleet industry associations, universities, and other entities to build a global fleet certification alliance. To date, four associations have agreed to exclusively endorse and promote the CAFM programme: NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA); the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA); the Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA); and the Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA).
Mr Amos noted that: ‘The organisational structure of CPFC will be such that supporting organisations have a seat on its board. This will enable those groups to guide the evolution of the certification programmes so they stay relevant and continue to cover the full range of fleet sector perspectives.’
CPFC also plans to work with universities across the United States and Canada to establish fleet management degree programmes, as well as to offer college credit for CAFM graduates.
CPFC’s website is currently under construction, but will be located at: www.fleetcertification.org. The organisation will have its first board meeting later this year.