Study Guide For Certification Exam

Study Methodology

Once you have answered the key questions of when you will undertake the program and how you will allocate your study time, you still need to work out your individual study methodology.  In other words – “What works for you?”  Here are some common methodologies that you should consider.

Study Space

 The first thing you need to get started is a good place to study.  It may seem like a trivial concern but finding the right study place is an important contributing factor to your success.  According to a good study area should have the following characteristics:
  1. Available when required.  Your Study Place does you little good if you cannot use it when you need it. If you are using a Study Place that you must share with others for any reason, work out a schedule so that you know when you can use it.
  2. Free from interruptions.  It is important to have uninterrupted study time. You may have to hang a DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door or take the phone off the hook.
  3. Free from distractions.  Research shows that most students study best in a quiet environment. If you find that playing a stereo or TV improves your mood, keep the volume low.
  4. Study materials available.  Be sure your Study Place includes reference sources and supplies such as pens and pencils, paper, ruler, calculator, and whatever else you might need. If you use a computer for your schoolwork, it should be in your Study Place.
  5. Adequate desk space.  While working on an assignment or studying for a test, use a desk or table that is large enough to hold everything you need. Allow enough room for writing and try to avoid clutter. 
  6. Adequate storage space.  You need enough room to store your study materials. Be sure you have enough storage space to allow you to keep your desktop or other work surface clear of unnecessary materials that can get in the way.
  7. Comfortable chair.  A chair that is not comfortable can cause discomfort or pain that will interfere with your studying. A chair that is too comfortable might make you sleepy. Select a chair in which you can sit for long periods while maintaining your attention.
  8. Enough light.  The amount of light you need depends on what you are doing. The important thing is that you can clearly see what you need to see without any strain or discomfort.
  9. Comfortable temperature.  If your Study Place is too warm, you might become sleepy. If it is too cold, your thinking may slow down and become unclear. Select a temperature at which your mind and body function best. 

Study Materials

With the ideal study space secure, you can turn your attention to getting your study materials organized.  NAFA provides the following materials to use in preparation for the CAFM/CAFS exams:
  1. Study Guide and all References
  2. Web site with individual LOGIN to access:
    1. Learning Objectives
    2. Study Guide
    3. References
    4. Practice Test Questions
  3. How to Prepare for CAFM/CAFS Study Guide
You need to decide how comfortable you are with using technology or how much you will do on the computer.  Most people prefer to have hard copies of the Study Guide as a minimum, and many people like to have hard copies of the entire study package.  Judge your requirement for paper copies and have them available and organized in a binder as needed.

You will also need appropriate paper, pens, laptop, etc, according to your chosen method.

Study Method

 You cannot guarantee your success in the CAFM/CAFS exams without taking a systematic approach to covering the areas highlighted in the Study Guide.  Thorough preparation, then, necessitates answering all Study Guide questions and studying the areas they cover.  While all information contained in the references is deemed relevant for Fleet Managers, only the areas covered by the Study Guide will appear as exam questions.  Therefore, the following steps should provide candidates with a good preparation for each module:
  1. Answer all of the questions in the Study Guide.  First read the questions covering a particular reference.  Next read the reference.  Record the answer to the question either in the electronic version or paper version of the Study Guide.  Finally, review the reference to ensure your answer is complete and understood.
  2.  Prepare review notes.  From the answers to Study Guide questions, summarize areas you think are most important.
  3. Study review notes.  Read and study your notes until you are comfortable with all of the material.
  4. Ask for clarification.  If there are any areas of confusion, refer the questions to your Chapter Study Group, CAFM e-community, or NAFA staff as appropriate.
  5. Do the Practice Test Questions.  Try the PTQs to verify your level of knowledge.