Throughout 2015, the Member Spotlight column featured outstanding achievements of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) members. In 2016, this will again be the focus of this column. However, to kick off the New Year, we thought our readers might benefit from an explanation of what it really means to be an NAFTC member.

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NAFTC members participating in a curriculum review at a professional development meeting in Dearborn, Michigan. Credit: NAFTC.

At present the NAFTC has nearly 50 members located across the U.S. The following types of NAFTC memberships are available:

  • National Training Centers – post-secondary education and workforce training organizations that provide vehicle courses and a demonstrated commitment to move toward providing instruction in alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, advanced technology vehicles, and related technologies.
  • Associate Training Centers – high schools, technical centers, and other organizations that provide secondary education.
  • Nonprofit Organizations and Government Agencies – nonprofit organizations, other than educational institutions and government agencies.
  • Corporate Members – corporations with 100 or more employees.
  • Small Business Members – businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

The NAFTC has trained thousands of technicians from hundreds of industry, academic, and governmental organizations. The U.S. Postal Service, the U.S Air Force, Clean Cities Programs, and private fleets all use training materials from the consortium.

Kent Johnson, associate professor and chair of the Automotive Trades Department at Alfred State College said, “The NAFTC offers member meetings that provide networking opportunities and unique alternative fuels training that are not available anywhere else.”

“The connections made and training received through the NAFTC have had a profound impact on our ability to advance our alternative fuels training program,” he continued.

All members of the consortium receive national recognition; exclusive professional development sessions; discounts on curricula and training; materials and training at reduced member rates, access to a large collection of supplemental training materials, tools and resources; industry updates, and outstanding marketing and networking opportunities.

For more information about the NAFTC’s membership opportunities, visit or contact Laura Tinney at 304-293-7882 or

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