What the Program Entails
NAFA’s CAFM®/CAFS® Boot Camp is being unbundled and going high-tech. This is the opportunity for CAFM®/CAFS® actual or future candidates to get facilitated instruction on some of the more difficult concepts in the course materials from the comfort of your home or office. We understand that shrinking travel budgets and increasing responsibilities make it difficult to travel. Still, many candidates want assistance with their individual preparation for the CAFM®/CAFS® exams.
The eight modules of the program have recently been revamped and the Boot Camp presentations will reflect these latest improvements. Each module will be presented over the course of the next 12 months according to the following schedule:
Audiences we Target
While the webinars are helpful to those thinking of enrolling in the certification program, or simply wanting advanced classes in fleet topics, they are tailored with our CAFM®/CAFS® candidates in mind. You will get the most out of the classes if you have completed an initial review of all materials and have answered all of the questions in the Study Guides. That will allow you to ask pertinent questions and have instructors hone in on materials that were difficult to understand.
- Ask questions of the people who actually put the program together – NAFA’s Certification Board.
- Engage in an interactive and informative online discussion with others pursuing the program.
- Spend more time on each subject than the I&E version of the Boot Camp.
- Use the webinars as an introduction to the CAFM/S and get yourself organized for success.
1. CAFM®/CAFS® Bootcamp Series Bundle - all 8 webinars
2. CAFM®/CAFS® Asset Management Sessions
Fleet Managers are asset managers. As such, they are tasked with Asset Management responsibilities that include vehicle selection, procurement, commissioning, disposal, remarketing and decommissioning. Because fleet assets and costs related to these assets often represent a significant portion of an organization’s net value and operating expenses, fleet managers that are skilled in Asset Management can significantly improve an organization’s profitability and/or cost effectiveness.
3. CAFM®/CAFS® Business Management Sessions
Fleet management is a subset of the wider discipline of business management. Fleet managers must therefore have a good understanding of common business practices including the regulatory and legal environment, writing skills, the Request for Proposal (RFP), and creating fleet policies. Even though many organizations have specialists to assist fleet managers in these specific domains, there is significant value to fleet managers understanding these issues.
4. CAFM®/CAFS® Financial Management Sessions
While many organizations have an accounting department for handling finances, fleet managers must have some knowledge of the financial issues that affect their fleets. Such financial issues may include financial analysis of various acquisition options, ability to conduct a lifecycle analysis, basic accounting principles, and preparing and implementing a fleet budget.
5. CAFM®/CAFS® Information Management Sessions
Even though many organizations have an information technology (IT) staff to assist fleet managers, there is significant value to fleet managers understanding the basic IT issues. With a general knowledge of IT, fleet managers can then intelligently interact with their support staff to solve problems and enhance IT functionality. We will look at the role telematics is playing within the fleet department and the many diagnostic and location based information/functions it can provide.
6. CAFM®/CAFS® Maintenance Management Sessions
Vehicle maintenance directly impacts productivity, driver satisfaction, corporate image, safety, environmental compliance, and the financial bottom line. This course will enhance the participant’s understanding as well as communicating essential maintenance principals to either in-house or outsourced maintenance personnel, drivers, and management.
7. CAFM®/CAFS® Professional Development Sessions
Professional development is an important area that deserves attention from all fleet professionals. In a competitive business environment, a commitment to personal and professional development is not only encouraged, but essential. A focus on life-long learning should include constant improvement in areas such as leadership, personnel development, staff training, and communications skills. In addition to all of these, professional ethics need to be studied and understood.
8. CAFM®/CAFS® Risk Management Sessions
Dealing with uncertain events and controlling risks before they become a problem can overwhelm even the most seasoned fleet manager. It is not practical to insure or prepare for every loss, however, a good plan and strategies will help to overcome many of the issues and expenses related to loss.
9. CAFM®/CAFS® Vehicle Fuel Management Sessions
Effective fuel management is an integral part of a fleet manager’s responsibilities. The Vehicle Fuel Management competencies deal with conventional and alternative fuel expertise. In-house programs, commercial fuel programs, and regulatory requirements will also be explored.