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About ACPN

The Automotive Content Professionals Network (ACPN), a community of the Auto Care Association, is a professional network with 500+ individual members employed in the aftermarket industry.

It is the only community devoted exclusively to the educational, professional development, and networking needs of the content professional.

About University of the Aftermarket

For nearly three decades, the University of the Aftermarket has been an integral part of the North American aftermarket, providing industry-specific professional development to those working in the industry.

Want to Learn More?

Through a partnership with Northwood University, the University of the Aftermarket offers online university-level classes on a variety of business topics.

It is a convenient way to improve your professional skills while earning CEUs toward your professional designations.

Who is Eligible?

Content/catalog professionals, as well as supplier members of ACPN or the Auto Care Association, are eligible to attain the ACP designation.

• At least three years of professional aftermarket experience – must submit a short work history write-up of your position(s) and responsibilities along with a completed ACP designation application to .

• ACP Coursework – ACP courses include seminars held at the ACPN conference and catalog/content specific courses held by the University of the Aftermarket.

• ACES & PIES Workshop – Check the course calendar for the next ACES & PIES workshop. Generally, these workshops are held twice per year. Note: This class can be waived for those who are already sufficiently proficient in ACES & PIES. Email the University of the Aftermarket at  to find out about waiver requirements.

• ACPN Program Participation – ACP candidates must attend at least two ACPN conferences.

• Applied Knowledge Paper – Successful candidates must write a five-paper applied knowledge paper on any content-management topic. Submit your paper topic to  and receive submission instructions.

• ACPN Service – ACPN Service is defined as any service provided to the ACPN organization. This could include (but is not limited to) holding an officer’s position, committee membership, speaking, catalog judging, etc.) Final approval of this requirement comes from the ACPN Chairperson.

• Electives – Successful ACP candidates must complete an additional 0.3 CEUs on any aftermarket subject. These CEUs may come from any University of the Aftermarket or University of the Aftermarket approved program. See the course calendar for examples.

Transcript Request

The University of the Aftermarket is in the process of developing a platform that will allow students to enter their ID # into our system to assist in calculating their number of earned CEUs. The new platform will allow students to review their CEUs, review available course work options, schedule and enroll in course work, and submit payment for their courses.

U of A professional development courses such as Aftermarket 101, Leadership 2.0, Leadership 3.0, Heavy Duty 2.0, and CPN also contribute to the student’s completion of requirements.

Transcript Error or Incomplete?

Unfortunately, a student’s transcripts may contain errors. A student may also recognize that credits may be missing from their transcript. In either situation, the student should contact the U of A immediately at

The U of A is dedicated to excellence in our record keeping and will review all claims of missing CEUs within 60 days. The student should be prepared to provide proof of completion of any course work that is connected to their missing CEUs. The student will be informed of the outcome in writing or by phone call.