The AAP and MAAP designations were developed in the 1980s in partnership with the Auto Care Association (APAA/ASIA), Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA). The AAP and MAAP certifications were created to recognize the educational achievements of working professionals in the motor vehicle aftermarket.
Recognition at AAPEX
AAP and MAAP designations are recognized and awarded each year at a ceremony during the AAPEX Show in Las Vegas. Our SPAAP is new for 2023 and will be awarded to individuals who achieve our highest and most prestigious designation. Recognition for this significant accomplishment will take place at our Industry’s opening AWDA, AAPEX opening ceremony event.
All professionals employed full or part in the motor vehicle aftermarket by an Auto Care Association, MEMA, AASA member organization, regardless of job function, educational background, or channel, is eligible to earn their AAP, MAAP, SPAAP designations.
Graduates will be recognized for their accomplishment at AAPEX in Las Vegas.
Content/catalog professionals, as well as supplier members of ACPN or the Auto Care Association, are eligible to attain the ACP designation.
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.
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.
Our AAP, MAAP, and SPAAP graduation ceremony will be held annually at our Industry’s premier event, AAPEX. Students who have completed all the required course work to satisfy their AAP, MAAP, and Speciality MAAP course work will be recognized and receive their diploma.