Fleet Discipline Certificates
NEW! Fleet Discipline Certificates
- Gain Fleet Expertise One Discipline at a Time
- Perfect for Corporate Buyers, Service Provider Staff, and Busy Fleet Managers
- Pay for One Discipline at a Time
NAFA s new Fleet Discipline Certificates give fleet managers, corporate buyers, fleet management company or service provider employees an easy, effective method of learning “best practices” in a specific fleet management discipline.
NAFA’s eight fleet management disciplines address the breadth of knowledge necessary to become a well-rounded fleet management professional:
- Asset Management (view info
The essence of fleet management is asset management or the overall management of all of the diverse assets held by an organization. Fleet assets are actually a subset of the real properties owned or leased by an organization. Fleet managers are responsible for the selection, procurement, use and care and the remarketing of their employer’s fleet assets. Sometimes fleet managers are also responsible for non-fleet equipment or infrastructure. These assets are quite often a significant segment of an organization’s total net value and they represent a large portion of the total operating expenses. How well these assets are managed can have a profound impact on the profitability of a company or cost effectiveness of a public agency.
All fleet managers must be knowledgeable business managers. Dealing with leasing companies, automobile dealers, supply or service contractors, insurance companies, and others requires knowledge of an organization’s rights, boundaries, and responsibilities. Without such knowledge, severe consequences can result. As a cornerstone of overall fleet management, this discipline’s competencies cover an array of practical and commonly encountered topics.
While many organizations have an accounting department for handling their finances, fleet managers must have some knowledge of the financial issues that affect their fleets. Such financial issues may include a financial analysis of various acquisition options, ability to conduct a lifecycle analysis, basic accounting principles, benchmarking, outsourcing decisions, and preparing and implementing a fleet budget. This discipline’s competencies introduce each of these areas of fleet financial management.
Even though many organizations have an Information Technology (IT) staff to assist the fleet management, there is significant value for fleet specialists and fleet managers to understand the basic IT issues. With a general knowledge of IT, fleet managers can intelligently interact with their support staff to solve problems and enhance IT functionality. The purpose of this discipline is to provide fleet managers with the tools they need to function in a data-rich, information-poor work environment by better using the technology tools available.
Vehicle maintenance directly impacts productivity, driver satisfaction, corporate image, safety, environmental compliance, and the financial bottom line. This discipline’s competencies will enhance understanding of, and ability to communicate, essential maintenance principals to in-house or outsourced maintenance personnel, drivers, and management.
In light of emerging technology, changing legal issues, and increased responsibilities, fleet specialists and managers, like most professionals, need to continually educate themselves. A commitment to personal improvement in the areas of leadership, ethical behavior, and all aspects of organizational effectiveness, is a must.
Risk management is a form of planning and decision-making dealing with uncertain events as well as controlling risks before they can become a problem. While insurance is commonly associated with risk management, it is not possible or practical to insure against every situation; hence, risk management provides additional strategies for dealing with loss. This discipline’s competencies will demonstrate the varying strategies of dealing with risk by focusing on insurance, subrogation, training, and safety, in addition to how to effectively handle a loss.
Vehicle Fuel Management
Fuel is the second largest fleet vehicle expense so its management requires careful scrutiny to take every opportunity for minimizing costs and mitigating risk. Moreover, fleet specialists and managers must understand regional environmental issues and policies associated with fuel. The fleet specialist and manager should also know about alternative fuels, the emerging changes in technologies and local government acts or regulations associated with them. This discipline’s competencies deal with both conventional and alternative fuels in centralized and decentralized operations.
More and more career-oriented individuals in the fleet industry want training specifically related to their jobs, and NAFA’s Fleet Discipline Certificates can enhance your performance, improve support to your customers, and create a path towards becoming a fleet professional.
There are two simple steps to get started, and there is no prerequisite to enroll!
- Just complete the Discipline Certificate Registration Form and simply make your payment of $199 per module (members/affiliates) or $249 per module (non-member pricing). You will be emailed the link to the online Study Guide and reference materials for that module.
- Prepare for the exam by using the reference materials to answer the questions in the Study Guide. Then, when sufficiently prepared, sign up here to take a local exam. A minimum of 70% is necessary to earn a Certificate in that discipline.