FM Certificate

Fleet Management

Fleet Management is a systematic and coordinated range of activities undertaken to support an organisation’s objectives through the optimal and sustainable life-cycle management of its plant and vehicle assets.

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What is Fleet Management Certificate?

The IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate is an industry recognised qualification designed specifically for those working or wanting to work in Fleet Management.

This course provides the opportunity to learn, practice and apply the critical principles, knowledge and skills required to effectively and efficiently manage a plant and vehicle fleet.

Based on IPWEA’s best practice manual the Plant and Vehicle Management Manual Edition 4, the Fleet Management Certificate features six inter-related units – each dealing with an important aspect of fleet management.


Study Mode

6 Online Units


12 - 14 weeks


35 hours


IPWEA member / Non-Member: $1,750 + GST

Premium Subscriber: $1,400 + GST
Standard Subscriber: $1,575 + GST


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Course Commences
23 July 2024

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Course Commences
25 February 2025

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Course Details

Course Overview

Relevant, Practical, Achievable.

Be qualified in just 3 months with informative and practical content delivered through our state-of-the-art online learning management system.

Learn, practice and apply the critical principles, knowledge and skills required to effectively and efficiently manage a plant and vehicle fleet. Based on IPWEA’s best practice manual the Plant and Vehicle Management Manual Edition 4.

  • Delivered via our online learning management system over 12-14 weeks.
  • Each unit includes on-demand study elements that are supported by online tutorials.
  • 90min tutorials on a fortnightly basis providing an opportunity to build on key elements.
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Module Overview

Unit 1 - Utilisation

Utilisation is a fundamental metric in fleet management and critical to fleet management planning, acquisition, maintenance and operational decision making. Learn what data to collect and how to analyse utilisation data to inform decision making.

Unit 2 - Financial Management

Fleet practitioners need to understand important financial principles. This unit addresses, in non-accounting language, essential information related to; budgets, estimating and applying whole-of-life costs, and fleet financing options.

Unit 3 - Procurement

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to undertake the procurement of fleet assets, including; identifying requirements, planning the procurement process, preparation of tender documentation and conducting a tender assessment using a multi-criteria assessment model.

Unit 4 - Maintenance Management

Fleet maintenance is critical to fleet; safety, operational effectiveness and cost management. Whether maintenance is delivered inhouse or is outsourced, the fleet practitioner needs to understand the principles and systems that support sound maintenance practice.

Unit 5 - Service Level Agreements

Fleet practitioners need to work with their customers and other stakeholders to establish standards and deliver services. Learn about Service Level Agreements as a framework upon which works and services are defined and delivered.

Unit 6 - Regulatory Requirements

Fleets operate within an increasingly rigorous regulatory environment and fleet practitioners need to meet their obligations. This unit focuses of Workplace Health and Safety and Heavy Vehicle National Law / Chain of Responsibility from a fleet practitioner’s perspective and presents a risk-based model for compliance management.



The course features 6 online modules, over approx 6 weeks. Assessments due throughout the course period.

Course 2024 - Semester 2


Online Tutorial

Every Wednesday 10AM

Welcome and Introduction Session

23 Jul

Unit 1 Tutorial - Utilisation

24 Jul

Unit 2 Tutorial - Financial Management

7 Aug

Unit 3 Tutorial - Procurement

21 Aug

Unit 4 Tutorial - Maintenance Management

4 Sep

Unit 5 Tutorial - Service Level Agreements

18 Sep

Unit 6 Tutorial - Regulatory Requirements

2 Oct

Course 2025 - Semester 1


Online Tutorial

Every Wednesday 10AM

Welcome and Introduction Session

25 Feb

Unit 1 Tutorial - Utilisation

26 Feb

Unit 2 Tutorial - Financial Management

12 Mar

Unit 3 Tutorial - Procurement

26 Mar

Unit 4 Tutorial - Maintenance Management

9 Apr

Unit 5 Tutorial - Service Level Agreements

30 Apr

Unit 6 Tutorial - Regulatory Requirements

14 May

Live Q&A Sessions

Optional Live Q&A webinar sessions scheduled 10am Sydney time throughout the course. These provide an opportunity to ask questions and discuss aspects of Fleet Management with the course mentors and your peers. These sessions are recorded and are available where scheduled times not suitable.


IPWEA member / Non-Member: $1,750 + GST

Save when you register for this course as a Fleet Subscribing Organisation.

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Premium: $1,400 + GST
Standard: $1,575 + GST

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Cancellation Policy: Substitution advice must be received 3 days prior to commencement. Cancellations received less than one week prior to the start of the course will require payment of the full cost. The right is reserved to defer, amend or cancel training.


Course Format

The course is completed over 3 months and is delivered online with live tutorial support and syndicate sessions.

Participants in the Fleet Management Certificate can also attend optional Online Fleet Management training sessions at no additional cost to support their knowledge acquisition and to assist them to complete the course.

Fleet Management Certificate participants can access recorded sessions of the online training series throughout the duration of the course.

Online Program

This is a 100% online program, which gives you the flexibility to adapt your training to your professional and personal needs. You will be guided throughout the program by a personal learning mentor who will help you with activities.

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FMC testimony

Mihnea Stanciuc, Fleet Coordinator at Hume City Council, completed the IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate in 2022. Mihnea is an experienced fleet practitioner from Europe and found the course to be a great refresher that connected his on-the-job experience with a formal framework for managing a fleet. Watch this short video to hear from Mihnea about his experience completing the course.

"Receiving this scholarship for the Fleet Management Certificate holds significant potential for positively impacting both my organisation (Te Kohao Health) and the communities it serves. As an integral part of an organisation catering to a vulnerable community with complex health needs, the provision of a reliable vehicle fleet is paramount to our mission. This scholarship will equip me with the specialised knowledge and skills needed to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our organisation's vehicle fleet management. By gaining insights into strategic planning, maintenance, and optimal resource utilisation, I will be better equipped to ensure that our fleet operates reliably and consistently, getting our workers out safely and on time."

Jarom Koko, Te Kohao Health

"The course has been fantastic, and both the Utilisation and Financial Management have been very helpful. The content is clear, and the format is great the way it builds on itself. We have an expensive piece of equipment that I had thought would be best to hire or contract the service rather than replacing it and the last two sessions validate this. It's great to be able to put the data together to justify the best financial decision for our city."

Kirk Scopac, Fleet Acquisition Administrator, City of Temple (Texas, US)


"I found the course really good and got a lot of it as well as it supporting processes that I’d been taught by the Works Manager I first worked under when starting – now I have the extra knowledge and can refer to things from the course for backup with a few things here that need to be changed."

Kym Prattley, Administration Coordinator Works, Corangamite Shire Council



Your mentors fast-track student’s learning, through the sharing of their experiences and insights. Your mentors track your progress, provide feedback and carefully assess your final assignment. The Fleet Management Certificate delivers immediate results to you and your organisation.

Marc Sibbald

Marc Sibbald

Marc has been the Director IPWEA Fleet since 2022 and is accountable for the strategic development of the fleet program which means working with the members and Fleet Council to develop education programs, resources, and networking opportunities to increase the capability and capacity of the fleet community.

Marc started in fleet as a motor mechanic and used his technical training to explore many different parts of the automotive industry. Roles have included sales and marketing at Ampol, operations at SG Fleet, and leadership positions with global tyre brands. He is also a regular contributor to Fleet Auto News, Fleet EV News and Fleet HV News.

Peter Armour

Peter Armour
Consultant IPWEA FLEET

With a strong foundation in mechanical engineering and extensive fleet management experience, Peter Armour joins IPWEA Fleet with a proactive approach to enhancing workplace learning and development. Excelling in communication, skill development, and mentoring, Peter's leadership in local government and not-for-profit sectors has provided valuable insights he eagerly shares. His innovative solutions and commitment to continuous improvement make Peter an exceptional guide.

Edwin Higginson

Edwin Higginson
Consultant IPWEA FLEET

Edwin has over 20 years of experience working as Fleet Manager for companies such as Woolworths, Qube and McColl’s transport, he now works as a consultant to assist companies improve their fleet management practices with a focus on workshop management, policies and procedures, and Chain of Responsibility (CoR). Edwin is also a Director of Australian Electric Vehicle Specialists helping businesses convert fleets to low and zero emission vehicles with practical EV transition plans and EV charging infrastructure solutions.

Who Should Enrol

The course is essential for anyone involved in the management, maintenance, procurement and operation of plant and vehicle fleets including:

  • Plant & Fleet Managers
  • Fleet Officers / Fleet Coordinators
  • Works & Parks Supervisors
  • Workshop Supervisors
  • Works Engineers
  • Asset Managers
  • Procurement Officers
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Benefits of enrolling and completing the IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate Course include:

  • Industry recognised qualification and post nominals (FMCert)
  • Learn the skills necessary to manage a fleet
  • Benefit from the experience of industry leaders in fleet management
  • Meet and build your network with other members of the fleet management industry
  • Keep up to date with the latest industry trends and innovations in fleet management


References Materials

Participants are provided with electronic access to the IPWEA Plant and Vehicle Management Manual for the duration of the course. All other materials are provided online.

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Plant & Vehicle Mgt Manual
NEW Edition 4

Australia’s most comprehensive guide for fleet managers. First developed by IPWEA in 2004, the manual has been substantially revised to address current issues regarding the fleet industry.


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Be Recognised

On successful completion of the FMC, you be awarded an industry recognised qualification and digital badge.

You will be entitled to use the Post Nominals FMCert. The best performing student for each year is awarded the prestigious IPWEA Fleet Award.

Total estimated 35 hours.
Eligible for CPD by Engineers Australia (EA) in accordance with EA Guidelines.

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Credly Badge

Showcase your IPWEA Education Pathway achievements with a Digital Badge.

IPWEA has partnered with Credly to provide a convenient way for you to showcase your professional accomplishments. Upon course completion, you will now receive a ‘digital badge’ to recognise your achievements. A digital badge is easily shared online, data rich and verified. It is the ideal way to showcase your achievement.

IPWEA Digital Badges recognise the knowledge and skill gained via our courses in a way that is shareable with your network. We’ll be introducing the following badges for our four current pathway courses.

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