Starting in 2009, NAFA began offering fleet certification in two tiers: the higher CAFM® tier, covering all eight disciplines, and a lower Certified Automotive Fleet Specialist (CAFS) tier. The CAFS is a subset of the CAFM® program rather than separate from it. One, pre-approved set of four disciplines must be completed to attain the CAFS.
NAFA implemented this two-tier approach to improve the professionalism of fleet specialists not yet at the senior management level targeted by the CAFM® program. Offering and recognizing mastery of the lower-tier of either fleet operational functions or financial management functions appeals to a broader base of fleet professionals and serves as a stepping stone to eventual attainment of full CAFM® status.