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News   April 14, 2011   by Auto Service World

Strong Interest In Automotive Catalogue Professional Designation Program

First Graduating Class Expected to Receive ACP Designations During Next Year's NCMA Knowledge Exchange Conference

Launched less than one year ago, the National Catalogue Managers Association’s Automotive Catalogue Professional (ACP) designation program is off to a strong start, with the first class of participants expected to graduate in 2012. The ACP program is administered through the University of the Aftermarket.
University of the Aftermarket Director Brian Cruickshank, MAAP, highlighted the program’s early success in a general session presentation during this week’s NCMA Knowledge Exchange Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. Cruickshank and the NCMA board collaborated in the development of the program to recognize NCMA members who are committed to professional development and who exemplify cataloguing best practices.
“We’ve had strong participation in this program from the very start,” Cruickshank said. “NCMA members clearly understand that the ACP designation helps enhance the prestige of one of the most important functional areas within any aftermarket manufacturing or distribution enterprise.”
ACP program requirements include a minimum of three years of aftermarket experience, participation in NCMA programs, a research paper covering a catalogue-related topic of particular interest to the participant, and completion of University and NCMA coursework.
Among the required program courses are the online ACES and PIES standards clinics available through the University of the Aftermarket’s popular “On-Demand” feature at
“The ACP program is hitting its stride at a time when excellence in cataloguing and data management has become a key competitive differentiator for aftermarket suppliers and distributors,” said NCMA President Mark Richardson, MAAP. “It is incumbent on our members to help move the industry forward in the information age, and this will require a commitment to continuous learning.”
For more information regarding the ACP designation program, please visit or call 1-800-551-2882.

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