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CPFP: Navigating Recertification

After successful completion of the exam, candidates become certified for a period of five years. Prior to the end of the five-year period, Certified Public Fleet Professionals must complete a minimum of 100 credits earned through a combination of continuing education and contributions to the profession, and send in their completed Recertification Application and fee.  The recertification guidelines for retirees differ slightly, see below.

Recertification Application Form

Recertification Application Fee

APWA Members $195; Nonmembers $245

Activities Which Qualify Towards the 100 Credits of Professional Development

Participation in any of the following areas within a fleet or public works-related association:
  • Chapter Meeting Attendance = 1 credit per each chapter meeting attended
  • Serve as an Officer, Chair, Co-Chair or Committee Member = 10 credits per each year of service
  • Speaker, Instructor or Moderator = 5 credits per each session delivered
  • Published Article and Other Literary Contributions to Fleet Management
    • Less than 500 words = 5 credits per each printed piece
    • 500 words or greater = 10 credits per each printed piece

Continuing education.  These credits can be earned by completing training using a combination of the delivery methods and content areas listed below.  

     Each clock hour = 1 credit
     Annual Conference Attendance = 6 credits per each full day of attendance

  • Approved Delivery Methods
    • Continuing education programs offered by APWA, APWA Chapters, or other associations related to fleet or public works (includes face-to-face and online delivery).
    • Courses taken for credit at an accredited college or university.
    • In-house training programs conducted by your agency or city.
    • Correspondence programs.
    • Recognized technical upgrading conducted by manufacturers, vendors or a certified school.
  • Approved Content Areas
Use the Recertification Tracking Sheet to provide details about the credits you submit and indicate the total.

Recertification and Retirement

APWA's CPFP Recertification Retirement Policy states the following eligibility requirements for retired status:
  • Must be fully retired from active service for which compensation is received.
  • Must be retired from the public or private fleet entity where certification was held.
  • Must be an active Certified Public Fleet Professional that has successfully completed recertification at least one time prior to applying for retiree status
  • Must agree in writing to adhere to the APWA Standards of Professional Conduct and affirm no history of felony convictions related to the practice of public fleet management.
Certified Public Fleet Professionals recertification guidelines for retirees only differ in two ways:
  • only 20 professional development credits are required
  • mentoring fleet professionals is also counted as credit (1 unit of credit per clock hour of mentoring)