The current Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM®) program has its roots in the Certified Fleet Manager (CFM) program developed as a partnership between NAFA, working through the NAFA Foundation, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. There were 41 graduates of the Wharton CFM program, out of the 260 that had originally enrolled.
The CFM program was brought in-house by NAFA as the CAFM® program in 1989 primarily due to its prohibitive cost when offered by Wharton. Over 500 additional fleet managers have completed the CAFM® program since 1989. There are typically more than 500 currently enrolled as candidates in the CAFM® program at any given time. There are still over 300 active CFM or CAFM® of these graduates.