Northwood University Adds New Aftermarket Professional Certification

Northwood University Adds New Aftermarket Professional Certification | THE SHOPNorthwood University and the University of the Aftermarket are introducing a new professional designation for executives in the automotive industry, the school announced.

The SPAAP designation will be available to aftermarket executives seeking continued education with master’s-level coursework, school administrators said.

Currently, the University of the Aftermarket, through Northwood University, delivers online courses for industry professionals to earn continuing education units (CEUs) to obtain special industry designations, including AAP, ACP and MAAP.

“The SPAAP designation is a piece of the University of Aftermarket Executive Development series and stands for Specialty AAP, our highest-level distinction,” said Dr. Thomas Litzinger, executive director of the University of the Aftermarket and Northwood University professor. “It is designed for industry executives who want to take the next step in their educational journey by participating in rigorous master’s-level coursework.”

“Our industry designations are designed to promote continuous education within the automotive industry and to recognize professionals who are committed to personal and professional growth,” added Litzinger.

“This designation is important to our industry because it fosters an environment of continuous learning, which will contribute to our competitive advantage,” he added. “Most elements of our organizational culture can be enhanced through education.”

Industry professionals can contact Litzinger at, or James O’Dell, assistant director of aftermarket education, at, for more information.

A.J. Hecht

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