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ICFM introduces new online distance learning course for fleets

ICFM is launching a new Intermediate Certificate online distance learning course in car and LCV fleet management to join its existing Introductory Certificate course.

Peter Eldridge, sales & marketing director, ICFM

Peter Eldridge, ICFM director

Developed for a new generation of fleet decision-makers who want to be able to study when they have time during the day, the new online distance learning course is an enhancement of ICFM’s current paper-based Intermediate Certificate level distance learning arrangement, which has identical content to the ‘fast-track’ training room-based tutor-led programme.

The ‘fast-track’ programme consists of five core competences delivered via three modules that are completed in less than nine months with job-based assignments and knowledge reviews after each module. The content covers areas including managing people in the fleet arena and communication and relationships; fleet administration, finance, acquisition and law.

The new online distance learning programme, which launches in August, covers the same five core competencies, but they are available as individual modules, or as a combined five-module purchase. It is a fully interactive training programme that provides a brief overview of each section covered in the five modules, with multi-choice and ‘drag and drop’ answer options that drive a ‘student’s’ results. The successful completion of all five modules culminates in the awarding of the ICFM Intermediate Certificate in Car and LCV Fleet Management. Online tutor support is also available if required. Accompanying study notes are available as PDF downloads.

Peter Eldridge, ICFM director and a lead tutor, said: “We have historically had a steady stream of members purchase the previous ‘hard back’ Distance Learning modules, both as a learning tool to support a perceived area of weakness in their fleet expertise involving a specific subject, or as the complete five-module set, to obtain ICFM Certificate level qualification, in preference to attending the tutor-led course.”

He continued: “Naturally, we want to encourage more fleet decision-makers to complete the whole intermediate course through to the awarding of their Intermediate Certificate, but equally we recognise that having the individual modules available as an online learning facility is an important provision for our members and we will continue to accommodate both options.”

ICFM’s training portfolio is completed by its Advanced Diploma course, which comprises four two-day tutor-led modules scheduled over an approximate 18-month period. Successful completion also satisfies a key criterion to attaining ICFM Fellowship.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.