ISELIN, N.J. -- The National Association of Fleet Administrators, Inc. (NAFA) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) have partnered to promote their mutual interests in developing and advancing the automotive service and fleet management professions. The ASE/NAFA alliance calls for both organizations to mutually recognize, encourage and promote the certification of automotive service professionals by ASE and fleet administrators by NAFA. "ASE and NAFA recognize that each organization offers resources and services that complement the goals and mission of the other organization, " said Patricia Serratore, ASE's Group Vice President, Industry Relations. "Service professionals and fleet administrators will benefit from the synergies of our strategic alliance." NAFA President Charles Gibbens noted, "NAFA is proud to support ASE certification as the industry credential that technicians can and should obtain. Likewise, NAFA is proud to gain ASE support for our CAFM program as the industry credential for the professional fleet manager." ASE measures the skills and knowledge of automotive service professionals through its national voluntary testing and certification program. By passing difficult, national tests, ASE-certified technicians prove their technical competence to themselves, to their employers, and to their customers. The NAFA Certified Automotive Fleet Manager program is the fleet industry's highest level of excellence and achievement and is a highly recognized and respected designation among fleet managers and their employers. The NAFA CAFM program attests to a fleet manager's expertise in such areas as asset management, business strategies, finance, maintenance, safety and risk management, and information systems. The independent, non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was established in 1972. ASE's mission is to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals. At present, over 400,000 professionals hold current certifications. They work in every segment of the automotive service industry: car and truck dealerships, independent garages, fleets, service stations, franchises, and more. The National Association of Fleet Administrators, Inc. (NAFA) is a not-for-profit, individual membership professional society serving the needs of Members who manage fleets of automobiles, SUVs, trucks, vans, and a wide range of specialized mobile equipment for organizations in the United States and Canada. NAFA provides its Members a full range of products and services, including statistical research, monthly and annual publications, regional chapter meetings, government representation, annual conferences and trade shows, educational seminars and more.