TACOMA, WA – Jonathan Edick, administrative services manager for Tacoma Public Utilities in Tacoma, Wash., recently earned the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) designation, the fleet management industry's highest level of certification, from NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA).

With 29 years of fleet experience under his belt, Edick supervises staff and provides a wide variety of administrative direction and support to the Fleet Services Group, including conducting various management studies and analysis. In addition to earning a CAFM designation, he also holds an ASE Certified Master Medium in Heavy-Duty Truck Technology. Edick has been a Member of NAFA Fleet Management Association since 1994 and served as NAFA Chapter LEG Chair in 2002.

To become a Certified Automotive Fleet Manager, an applicant must pass a series of comprehensive examinations to demonstrate expertise in the eight disciplines of automotive fleet management: 

  • Fleet Information Management.
  • Maintenance Management.
  • Professional Development.
  • Vehicle Fuel Management.
  • Asset Management.
  • Business Management.
  • Financial Management.
  • Risk Management. 

Designed to identify and recognize exceptional fleet management professionals, many employers now require fleet managers to obtain the CAFM designation prior to, or shortly after, employment.

"The NAFA CAFM program is the only certification program that proves an individual's expertise in fleet," said Phillip Russo, CAE, and NAFA executive director. "Other certification programs may attest that a person has minimum basic knowledge of fleet, but the NAFA CAFM program proves the person is an expert."

During the past 16 months, the CAFM program has continuously made news through a series of announcements including an agreement with Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Mich.) to provide college credit for successful completion of the CAFM program; the creation of a Certified Automotive Fleet Supervisor (CAFS) certification program; endorsements by the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) and the Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA); and approval by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Most recently, the CAFM program was incorporated in to earning a minor in Fleet Management at Ferris State University.

Currently, less than 400 fleet managers have joined the exclusive ranks of CAFM certification holders.  Edick is part of NAFA's largest-ever CAFM graduating class. In April, Edick was honored for his achievement at NAFA's 2009 Institute and Expo in New Orleans, the Association's annual conference.

For more information on the CAFM program and the CAFS program, visit www.nafa.org/certification.