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NATMI CSME and CDME Certification

August 25, 2021 @ 8:00 am - August 27, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Tennessee Trucking AssociationPresents: NATMI & the ATA Technology and Maintenance Council CSME and CDME Certification

Essentials of Fleet Maintenance Management – August 25-26, 2021

Certification Exam – August 27, 2021

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Want to become certified?

The course below is applicable toward NATMI’s nationally recognized, university accredited certification programs.  Taking the course is the first step toward earning a credential that will help you become a more competent professional, earn industry recognition and credibility in court testimony.   If you have the job experience, you can pay one lump sum that covers all fees for certification, and complete the process within a 60-day time frame – or less.

How to Become Certified

– Certified Director of Maintenance/Equipment (CDM/E): 5 Years in fleet maintenance management

– Certified Supervisor of Maintenance/Equipment (CSM/E): 2 Years in fleet maintenance profession

NATMI Accelerated Certification School Format
Certification Category: CDM/E and CSM/E
On your own prior to courses:
Course requirement #1: CSME & CDM/E Essentials of Fleet Maintenance Management
Exam and Exhibit workshop: Certification examination morning following the training course
On your own following courses: Submit certification application and exhibit binder within 60 days of classroom training and exam

Fees for Professional Certification Applicants:

All-inclusive tuition for Accelerated Certification School Program (includes both course fees, NATMI membership fee, certification kit and certification application fee):

$1,295 – CDM/E or CSM/E certification

Essentials of Fleet Maintenance Management course only:  $880 members /$1,080 non-members

Job Experience Required (job experience only required for certification applicants – no prerequisite for attending the training):

Essentials of Fleet Maintenance Management Day-1 course benefits:

1.        Learn why computers save money but don’t always reduce labor costs;

2.        Learn to schedule work effectively;

3.        Discover the common pitfalls of computer software;

4.        Develop supervision skills to motivate mechanics;

5.        Find out what “ground work” needs to be done before a shop goes “on-line”;

6.        Learn essential preventive maintenance skills;

7.        Learn how to deal with upper management effectively;

8.        Find out how to train mechanics on nearly anything without spending a fortune;

9.        Learn how to present effective meetings and programs; and

10.     Understand the maze of state and federal rules that cover maintenance operations.

Course Description

The program covers topics essential to effective management and administration of motor fleet maintenance operations.  Students learn how to cut costs through efficient use of personnel, equipment, and technology, while complying with the maze of State and Federal regulations governing maintenance operations.

  • Shop Equipment: equipping for shop safety and compliance and the environment; special tools and equipment.
  • Maintenance Shopwork Planning and Scheduling: shop administration; improving maintenance cost control.
  • Preventive Maintenance: administering a preventive maintenance (PM) program; how program is monitored, enforced, revised; related factors in setting up a PM program.
  • The Functions of Management: the maintenance/equipment manager; the framework of management; running successful shop meetings; quality management systems.
  • Maintenance Budgeting: tracking costs; calculating Cost Per Mile and Revenue Per Mile; developing a budget.
  • Computers in Maintenance: why, how and what to computerize; steps in choosing the ideal system; organizing your information management system.
  • Federal Regulations Applicable to Maintenance Shops: OSHA, EPA, HazMat, Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program, compliance and training programs.
  • Labor and Industrial Relations: overview; collective bargaining sessions; management procedures that can reduce grievance rates; strategic involvement.
  • Training: The supervisor’s role in training; principles of adult learning; effective on-the-job training.
Essentials of Fleet Maintenance Management Day-2 course benefits:

1.  Discover the tools available to spec’ equipment in the computer age;

2.  Develop a systematic method to evaluate new products;

3.  Find out how to maximize warranty recovery;

4.  Learn how to cost out new equipment, and develop ROI numbers;

5. Learn to speak the CFO’s language;

6. Learn the technical characteristics of alternative fuels;

7.  Discover the common pitfalls in laying out a new shop;

8.  Learn how to replace components just before they break;

9.  Ascertain what it takes to move from one generation of computerization to the next; and

10. Learn how to audit to find out where you are in relation to your department’s goals.

Course Description

You’ll learn how to effectively spec’ vehicles, purchase wisely, negotiate warranty and best select suppliers and manufacturers.  You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of today’s computerized management systems.  You’ll learn how to reduce costs through predictive maintenance, and how to properly analyze failures when they occur – and more.

  • Vehicle Specifications: Developing vehicle specifications; evaluating component choices; using mission simulations to predict performance.
  • Purchasing: selecting vendors, negotiating terms; evaluating parts quality and warranty.
  • Warranty: vehicle warranties, extended coverages; federally required coverage; policy adjustments; negotiation.
  • Computerized Management Systems: Identifying needs and wants; evaluating software and hardware choices.
  • Advanced Budgeting and Financial Statements: Writing budgets;  cost justification;  communicating with the finance department.
  • Failure Analysis and Predictive Maintenance: Develop your own predictive maintenance program and prevent recurrent repairs through failure analysis.
  • Shop Layout and Design: Planning new facilities and expansions; designing your shop for safety and the environment.
  • Diesel and Alternative Fuels: A look at the pros and cons of currently developing alternatives to diesel power.
  • Shop Audits: Evaluating all aspects of the maintenance program.


Best Western-Brentwood
5581 Franklin Pike Circle
Brentwood, TN      37027
(615) 373-8585


August 25, 2021 @ 8:00 am
August 27, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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