United States. The Auto Care Association launched Auto Care Academy, which it claims is a convenient, self-paced online learning resource for professionals in the auto care industry.
The online academy is aimed at professionals at all stages of their careers, from new entrants to seasoned veterans.
Once logged in, students can select and purchase their preferred courses and gain immediate access to related training modules and exams. Buyers have lifetime access to course content and related documents, encouraging continuous learning and skill development.
In addition to the value these interactive online courses provide for employee professional development, completing Auto Care Academy "contributes to enhancing the human capital and long-term success of an aftermarket industry brand," states the Auto Care Association.
"Our goal for Auto Care Academy is to empower professionals and ensure their continued success in the ever-evolving automotive aftermarket," said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association.
"We are excited to offer a high-quality educational resource that aims to equip industry professionals with the skills needed to thrive in their roles."
Auto Care Academy is also collaborating with Northwood University to further expand the educational opportunities available to students.
Through this collaboration, participants can access Northwood University's online course catalog of Northwood University Aftermarket, unlocking a wide range of additional resources and knowledge.
The first two courses published in the data standards series are: Introduction to ACES and PIES and ACES and intermediate PIES. These courses are specifically designed to expand the knowledge and experience of industry catalog managers, content managers, category managers, and product data specialists, says the Auto Care Association.
In addition, the Academy's development team is actively working on the third course, Heavy-Duty PIES, to enable the heavy-duty aftermarket to increase efficiency for suppliers and distributors and ultimately create a better experience for customers.
Beyond that, Auto Care Academy plans to introduce Aftermarket Essentials, an upcoming comprehensive course developed to onboard and educate new hires about the entire car care ecosystem, including how it works and industry best practices. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for the Aftermarket 101 program of the Aftermarket University.
"Northwood University is honored and privileged to collaborate with the Auto Care Association on this key educational initiative," said Dr. Thomas Litzinger, executive director of the University of the Aftermarket.
"Auto Care Academy is an innovative platform that will provide educational experiences to industry professionals who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate. Northwood is committed to developing the future leaders of our global aftermarket and creating immersive learning opportunities for everyone, everywhere."