Association's F&I Certification Goes Towards College Credit

Certification by the Assn. of Finance & Insurance Professionals is now transferable as course credit to Northwood University through the association's partnership with the Automotive Dealership Institute.

Certification by the Assn. of Finance & Insurance Professionals is now transferable as course credit to Northwood University through the association's partnership with the Automotive Dealership Institute.

ADI will create and permanently bank educational transcripts for all persons who earn basic, senior or master AFIP certifications nationwide. AFIP will convert test scores into letter grades and forward them to ADI. These credits, in turn transfer to any degree program at Northwood University.

“AFIP will certify in excess of 8,000 automobile industry professionals in 2007, many of whom are pursuing or intend to pursue bachelor's degrees,” says David Robertson, AFIP's executive director.

“For those pursuing careers in the automobile business, Northwood is the logical choice for an industry-oriented education.”

Robert Serum, vice president of academics and international programs at Northwood, adds, “Both Northwood University and the Automotive Dealership Institute ask their students to undertake the AFIP certification process.

“We do so because we sincerely believe the certifications prepare them to add value and integrity to the organizations they serve.”

AFIP's basic certification earns four credits. Senior certification earns an additional two credits. Master certification earns an additional two credits.

That means a student can transfer a maximum of eight credits to Northwood from certifications by AFIP.

“As AFIP certification is part of the Northwood dealer education experience, it is reasonable that our university gives a credit award to students of the Automotive Dealership Institute who earn these valuable certifications,“ says Serum.

“ADI recognizes the value of AFIP certification and we want to help all students reach their academic and professional goals, which is why this agreement with Northwood is so valuable“ says Alan Algan, CEO and executive director of ADI.

Founded in 1989, the F&I association is a non-profit educational foundation that serves the needs of in-dealership F&I personnel.

ADI is a Scottsdale, AZ-based licensed automotive management school that specializes in educating F&I managers and service advisors.

Northwood is a private university with facilities in Michigan, Florida and Texas. It is renowned for its automotive degree programs, particularly those in dealership management.

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