The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) recently was awarded a Training Excellence Award for its Overview of Biodiesel course. The award, which is given annually by the Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) at their fall meeting, recognizes providers of quality automotive/truck technical training. The NAFTC’s Overview of Biodiesel was critiqued in seven sections: overview of the training program, needs analysis, training program learning objectives, quality of training program materials, measurement of the training program’s effectiveness, training job aids for the student to take back to the workplace, and recognition of the training program.
ATMC’s Training Excellence Awards Program is an established, well-respected indicator of training program quality and success and provides recognition for industry programs deemed “best of the best.” Honorees may use the official ATMC award logo on the winning program and are featured as speakers at ATMC conferences. Previous ATMC Training Excellence Award winners include Federal Express, Federal Mogul, Fluke, Ford Technical Support Operations, Jiffy Lube, Harley Davidson University, NAPA, Navistar International, and Snap-On.
The NAFTC’s two-day Overview of Biodiesel is taught by certified instructors and covers topics such as biodiesel blends, production, standards, and benefits/drawbacks in order to encourage the adoption of biodiesel in diesel engines. Since its inception in 2005, thousands have been trained from a variety of audiences including public interest groups, automotive technicians, employers, fleet operators, training institutions, and private entrepreneurs. The course was revised in early 2007 and is endorsed by the National Biodiesel Board.
ATMC was founded in 1984 and is an organization of training professionals representing a wide range of automotive, heavy truck, and other related industry interests. Sharing a common focus of training excellence, the group encourages its members to exchange ideas to improve training effectiveness as well as keep informed with vehicle innovations and the latest training design, development, and delivery methods.