OLYMPIA, WA – Richard Weston, CEM, fleet and technical services manager of the Thurston County in Olympia, recently achieved Certified Equipment Manager (CEM) status with the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP). Prior to certification, applicants are rated on their experience and accomplishments in equipment maintenance management and must successfully complete a comprehensive, 16-part competency-based examination, which tests general knowledge of the equipment maintenance and management profession. To maintain professional certification, an equipment manager must accumulate professional credits based on their involvement in continuing education and in the profession.