CAFM / CAFS Boot Camp Description

CAFM® / CAFS® Boot Camp Description


Program Description
You can expect four very full days of revision of the program topics including Asset Management, Business Management, Financial Management, Information Management, Maintenance Management, Professional Development, Risk Management and Vehicle Fuel Management. You can also take the exams twice, once the day prior to the classes and then retake them after attending all of the classes (separate registration for the exams is needed).

Target Audience
While the seminar is helpful to those thinking of enrolling in the certification program, or simply wanting advanced classes in fleet topics, it is tailored with our CAFS®/CAFM® candidates in mind. You will get the most out of the classes if you arrive after an initial review of all materials and with your Study Guides complete. That will allow you to ask pertinent questions and have instructors hone in on materials that were difficult to understand.

Why Attend?

  • Ask questions of the people who actually put the program together – NAFA’s Certification Development Committee.
  • Engage in an interactive and informative discussion with others pursuing the program.
  • Have two testing opportunities for the price of one.
  • Immerse yourself in certification study for four full days.
  • Use the seminar as an introduction to the CAFM/S and get yourself organized for success.
  • Sign up for a single Certificate and take that class during the I and E and write the exam on Saturday.

CAFM/S Boot Camp: Asset Management
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.

You will learn:

  1. Strategic sourcing process
  2. How to develop effective vehicle selector lists.
  3. The key elements in developing vehicle specifications.
  4. The factors that affect resale value.
  5. The remarketing method that is right for your fleet.

CAFM/S Boot Camp: Business Management
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.

You will learn:

  1. The fleet regulatory environment.
  2. A “crash-course” in business law including legal terminology and concepts such as bailment, contracting, and employment law.
  3. How to prepare different types of RFPs.
  4. How to write a company fleet policy.

CAFM/S Boot Camp: Financial Management
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.

You will learn:

  1. Personal use definitions, calculations and regulations in Canada and the US.
  2. Lifecycle Cost Analysis (LCA), a mathematical model that is used when making a financially based decision between two or more competing options.
  3. Financial institutions and accounting basics.
  4. Lease, buy, reimburse or rent considerations.

CAFM/S Boot Camp: Information Management
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.

You will learn:

  1. The various components and protocols of data networks and participating in their planning and response tuning.
  2. The benefits and uses of telematics
  3. The various types of general business software useful in manipulating data and communicating with staff, fleet customers and decision makers.
  4. Best practices for safeguarding data.

CAFM/S Boot Camp: Maintenance Management
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.

You will learn:

  1. Vehicle maintenance- principles, terminology, and how preventive maintenance impacts the safe and efficient operation of a fleet.
  2. Shop operations- modern shop practices for an in-house or outsourced/contracted environment.
  3. Environmental issues- environmental regulations and environmentally responsible fleet/shop operations.
  4. Inventory management- the importance of effective materials management.
  5. Preventative Maintenance programs
  6. Outsourcing
  7. Staffing

CAFM/S Boot Camp: Professional Development
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.

You will learn:

  1. How to motivate and lead individuals and groups in a fleet environment.
  2. Improve skills in organizational processes such as decision-making, negotiating and change management
  3. Develop communication skills and use the case study format.
  4. Practical applications of ethics in a fleet environment.

CAFM/S Boot Camp: Risk Management
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.

You will learn:

  1. How to define risk and use the risk management process.
  2. The role of insurance in risk management and the process of subrogation.
  3. The elements necessary to develop and implement a fleet safety program.
  4. The components of driver training, crash investigations and the benefits of crash prevention.

CAFM/S Boot Camp: Vehicle Fuel Management
Effective fuel management is an integral part of NAFA’s Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) and Certified Automotive Fleet Specialist (CAFS) programs. 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.

You will learn:

  1. Federal regulations regarding underground storage tanks and above-ground storage tanks.
  2. How to select the best commercial program for your fleet.
  3. The basics of conventional and alternative fuels.