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The “Next Generation of AMi” Launches Featuring New Professional Designations and Website

North Richland Hills, Texas, June 20, 2016 ­— The Automotive Management Institute (AMi), the industry’s leading provider of management education for automotive collision and mechanical service repair professionals, is proud to announce the launch of the “next generation of AMi.” This includes six new front office and management certificates and professional designations, access to more than 100 relevant online courses, career paths, a new website and a world-class online Learning Management System (LMS). The new online course offerings include content from highly-respected industry professionals, such as Mike Anderson, Mark Claypool, Michael Graham, Frank LaViola, Jeremy O’Neal, Frank Terlep and others.

“The new AMi represents more than a year of soliciting, organizing, and prioritizing industry feedback to ensure we offer the most relevant professional designations, career paths and overall business management educational support possible,” said Jeff Peevy, AMi president.” For example, we heard clearly from business owners and managers the need to offer career paths for their font office staff.”

The industry-serving nonprofit now offers Customer Service Certificates and Professional Designations for Office Manager, General Manager and Master General Manager, specifically for collision repair and mechanical service repair segments of the automotive industry. Each level of recognition is s step toward the next level, building a clear professional development pathway and will provide the necessary training to improve operational performance.  

In addition, the next generation of AMi now provides a suite of learning support tools. “Our new core belief is, Knowledge equals competiveness; learning then is the only source of a sustainable, competitive advantage.” Peevy said. Acting on this belief, AMi will provide a free program to help you identify your personal learning style and an industry Training Provider Directory. The Training Provider Directory provides a searchable database of management and technical training for both collision repair and mechanical service and repair segments. The directory currently has 98 training providers participating and AMi is encouraging others to join.

To help provide for this learning support, AMi has developed the AMi Learning Foundation Program to encourage tax-deductible donations from industry businesses and individuals. Through these contributions, AMi will continue to provide educational support at a minimal cost to repair professionals.

“The launch of the ‘next generation of AMi,’ represents a significate milestone for our industry’s professionals.  At their convenience, individuals can view suggested courses based on their career path, enroll in and complete online courses, as well as view and print their transcript,” said Sheri Hamilton, AMi board of Trustee Chair. This new online learning center partners with the industry-wide training already available at events around the country for individuals to easily achieve the AMi credits.”

AMi was established in 1989 to answer the demand for continuing education and industry-accepted recognition programs tailored specifically for the business needs of the automotive service and repair industry. To date, AMi programs have attracted more than 250,000 enrollments throughout North America. AMi is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational foundation, to which tax-deductible contributions can be made. For more information about the Institute, its curriculum or methods of donations, please contact AMi at (817) 514-2929, or visit the AMI website at www.AMionline.org.

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