Study Guide For Certification Exam

Introduction


The Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM/CAFS) program is a challenging self-study academic program for current and future fleet managers and fleet supervisors.  It has been created and is administered by NAFA staff and volunteers.  It is intended to be a challenging and rewarding program.  The achievement of the CAFM/CAFS is an important accomplishment for a professional Fleet Manager or Fleet Supervisor.
 
Success in the CAFM/CAFS program depends on thorough preparation for the multiple-choice exams.  Everyone learns differently, so each candidate must establish a study program that meets their own needs.  The guidelines which follow can be used by candidates to develop their individual study program.

NAFA has developed a number of tools to help in your process of preparing for an exam.  These tools include:


 Consider the following very different situations and study profiles:
 
Mr A has been a mechanic for eight years and wants to progress to a management position.  He graduated from High School 12 years ago and took a one-year technical course ten years ago.  He works shifts and spends his leisure time coaching Little League for his three sons.  He wants to do the CAFM/CAFS to improve his professional knowledge and make him competitive for management/supervisor positions.
 
Mr B is new to Fleet Management or Fleet Supervision.  He completed a University degree four years ago and immediately did a Master’s of Business Administration.  His first job for his current firm was in Accounting.  After two years he was moved to his present position in Fleet.  He works long hours but doesn’t have family commitments yet.  He wants to do the CAFM/CAFS right away for the basic knowledge he needs to do his job.
 
These individuals are ideal candidates for the CAFM/CAFS and their approach to preparing for the exams will be significantly different.  In determining what their individual approaches should be, the most important criteria are:

 
  1. Familiarity with studying
  2. Weekly time available for study
  3. Familiarity with the material
 

There is no template for figuring out the exact amount of preparation time you will need.  On average, candidates require 100 hours of preparation.  If you are above or below average in the categories above, you may need less time, or more time.
 
In the examples given, Mr A is not familiar with studying, has less time available weekly for study, but is likely quite familiar with the information in several of the CAFM/CAFS modules.  He would probably need a bit more time than the average time stated.  He might decide to take the 8 or 4 modules over three exam sittings over the course of a year to 18 months.
 
Mr B, on the other hand, is very comfortable with academic study and has more time available weekly to prepare, but is less familiar with the material.  Still, he would likely need slightly less preparation time than the average.  He might decide to write all 8 or 4 modules at one sitting after 3-5 months preparation time.
 
The hints and guidelines that follow are designed to assist you in determining the time you need and how to best spend this preparation time.