The Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) has announced registration deadlines for its new, 2013 global Certified Equipment Manager (CEM) exams. Equipment managers will be able to take the CEM exam four times in 2013 at testing sites in more than 165 countries around the world and all 50 U.S. states.
Equipment managers can register for the exam at AEMP.org. AEMP will evaluate registrations, determine eligibility and inform applicants within seven business days following application deadlines. Exam dates and application deadlines in 2013 are:
- March 25- April 5; Application Deadline – February 25
- June 24- July 5; Application Deadline – May 26
- September 16-30; Application Deadline – August 16
- November 1-15; Application Deadline – September 30
AEMP offered the exam at secure testing sites globally and around the United States for the first time in November 2012. In addition, the organization is now offering the exam four times a year for two full weeks each test quarter. AEMP continues to offer CEM exams in conjunction with the Professional Development Institute (PDI) at its two annual events, the Management Conference and Annual Meeting each spring and the Asset Management Symposium each fall. Equipment managers who choose to test at one of the two meetings can prepare for the exam by taking advantage of peer-to-peer learning at the PDI, while global exam participants may choose to prepare online with the PDI Level 2 courses at AEMP University, AEMPU.org.
“Response to our new global CEM exam offering has been exceptional,” AEMP Vice President of Education Jim Phillips said. “It’s fulfilling a need for equipment managers who are working for U.S.-based companies abroad and those who work for companies based in other countries.”
Kevin L. Schlangen, CEM, fleet manager at Dakota County Fleet Management in Rosemount, Minn., was one of the first to take advantage of the additional testing sites. In fact, the site where he took his exam was only 20 miles from his home. “They already had an excellent program, with the Web-based training sessions to prepare for the exam and improve yourself as a professional,” he said. “But then, you always had to travel to one of conferences to take the exam, and that was only twice a year. If it hadn’t been for this new offering, it would have been difficult to achieve this certification.”
AEMP offers the exam in cooperation with Measurement Research Associates and Pearson VUE, leading providers of proctored, computer-based testing solutions. Test sites are listed at pearsonvue.com/vtclocator/. Numerous sites are available and Pearson guarantees a site within 50 miles of a potential test taker in the United States.
The CEM is the industry’s only recognized standard for showing the qualifications of a manager of heavy off-road equipment fleets or municipal/government fleets. It’s based on the 17 core competencies identified by AEMP as necessary to being an effective fleet manager: benchmarking; customer service; employee training; environmental requirements as they apply to fleet management; financial management; human resources; life cycle analysis; outsourcing; parts management; preventive maintenance; procurement and acquisition; risk management; safety; shop/facilities management; specifications; technology; and warranty and performance guarantees.
In addition to the CEM program, AEMP offers two other industry-recognized, professional certifications. The Equipment Manager Specialist (EMS) credential is an entry-level certification for those seeking to expand their skills and plan for a career in fleet asset management. The Certified Equipment Support Professional (CESP) is intended to educate equipment suppliers on the challenges equipment managers face when dealing with end-user business associates.