TMC, NATMI joining forces to boost CDM/E, CSM/E programs

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) and the North American Transportation Management Institute will team up to strengthen and increase the visibility of the Certified Director of Maintenance certification (CDM/E) and Certified Supervisor of Maintenance certification (CSM/E), the agencies announced.

As part of its five-year strategic plan, TMC sought a certification program that would educate, test and recognize maintenance directors, managers and supervisors. TMC selected the CDM/E and CSM/E programs based on their strong reputation as the premiere certifications in fleet maintenance management, as well as their well-established, back-end operation and university accreditation.

“Having the trucking industry’s most knowledgeable and experienced maintenance and technology professionals engaged in the continuous review and expansion of this well-established program will help ensure the courses and requirements remain current and relevant, and the credentials remain the most respected measure of maintenance management expertise,” says Jeffrey Arnold, NATMI’s executive director.

Beginning this month, TMC’s Education Subcommittee and NATMI’s Oversight Committee will collaborate on examining, updating and enriching all aspects of the program, including certification requirements, scope,class schedules and locations, and educational content.

CDM/E and CSM/E candidates are full-time administrators who have ably demonstrated their expertise and leadership in establishing programs, policies, setting standards, and mastering new technologies and systems. There are education and experience certification requirements as well.

“Today’s fleet maintenance managers oversee more than vehicle maintenance, they are responsible for managing the lifecycle of multiple types of vehicles and parts, maximizing fuel efficiency and user productivity, supervising the training and usage of sophisticated instrumentation and data systems, staying up-to-date on regulations and compliance, budgeting, and so much more,” says Carl Kirk, ATA’s vice president of maintenance, information technology & logistics. “These programs will insure a consistent quality of training and recognition.”

The enhanced program is expected to roll out in February 2015.

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