Industry Recognized Credentials for Auto Technician

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Essential Safety IRC(s)

All programs must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve Essential Safety credentials to all students in the program. The essential Safety Credential(s) must be recognized state-wide, if not nationally as valuable and should be most applicable to specific program area. For this Program area, students (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve at least one of the listed Essential Safety credentials.
CertificationCertifying Organization
OSHA 10 General industryOSHA
S/P2 - Safety & Pollution PreventionS/P2.org

Essential Industry IRC(s)

All programs must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve at least one of the listed Essential Program Credentials.
  1. The certification must have high-value currency in the market, which can be gained through various processes including transparency initiatives, general awareness, endorsements and validations, regulations, hiring policies and practices, and/or procedures that can be used to translate the credential into academic credit.
  2. Must lead to improved hiring outcomes and/or increased earnings for students who attain the credential.
  3. Credentials required for employment in program field must be included.
For this Program area, students must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve earn at least one of the listed Essential Program credentials.
Certification Certifying Organization
ASE entry-level certification in Suspension and SteeringNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 
ASE entry-level certification in BrakesNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 
ASE entry-level certification in Electrical/Electronic SystemsNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 
ASE entry-level certification in Engine PerformanceNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 
ASE entry-level certification in Manual Drive Train and AxlesNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 
ASE entry-level certification in Engine RepairNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 
ASE entry-level certification in Heating and Air ConditioningNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 
ASE entry-level certification in Maintenance and Light RepairNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 
ASE entry-level certification in Automobile Service TechnologyNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 
ASE entry-level certification in Automatic Transmission/TransaxleNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 
ASE entry-level Refrigerant CertificationNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 

Supplemental IRC(s)

Programs may choose to differentiate and expand upon their program by offering additional credentials. Credentials listed as Supplemental/Specialized may include:  

  • Credentials that are endorsed by local or regional industry associations or workforce boards
  • Must be attainable for students in the program who master the competencies outlined in the relevant Career Technical Education Framework such as an advanced/stacked credential above the essentials
  • May be equipment, tool, software or process specific if valued by industry.
CertificationCertifying OrganizationPostsecondary
American Lift Institute CertificationNC3 
SNAP ON DVOM CertificationAmerican Lift Institute 
Advanced Engine Performance SpecialistNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
Automobile Service Consultant (C1)National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
Automobile Advanced Engine Performance SpecialistNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
ASE Automobile TechnicianNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
ASE Auto Maintenance and Light Repair Test (Test G1)National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
ASE Transit Bus TechnicianNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
ASE School Bus TechnicianNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
ASE Truck Equipment TechnicianNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
ASE Medium/Heavy Truck Technician CertificationNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
ASE Parts Specialist CertificationNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
Light Duty Hybrid/Electric Vehicle SpecialistNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
Master Truck Equipment TechnicianNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
Master Transit Bus TechnicianNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
Undercar Specialist: Exhaust SystemsNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
Rebuilder SpecialistAutomotive Transmission Rebuilders AssociationX
Chassis TechnicianAutomotive Transmission Rebuilders AssociationX
DiagnosticianAutomotive Transmission Rebuilders AssociationX
Certified Auto Glass MasterAuto Glass Safety CouncilX
Alternate Fuels Technician (Light Vehicle Compressed Natural Gas Technician)National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
Certified Lubrication SpecialistSociety of Tribologists and Lubrication EngineersX
Fluid Power Mobile Hydraulic MechanicInternational Fluid Power SocietyX
Military Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Certification - Diesel Engines (MIL2)National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
Military Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Certification - Chassis (MIL4)National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
Military Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Certification - Drive Train (MIL3)National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
Military Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Certification - Electrical/ Electronic Systems (MIL6)National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
Military Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Certification - Preventive Maintenance Checks & Services (MIL8)National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
"Military Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Certification - Suspension, Steering, and Hydraulics (MIL5)"National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
Master Automobile/Light Truck TechnicianNational Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) X
Fire Apparatus Technician Level I"Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission, Inc."X
Fire Apparatus Technician Level II"Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission, Inc."X
Fire Apparatus Technician Level III"Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission, Inc."X
Ambulance Technician Level I"Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission, Inc."X
Ambulance Technician Level II"Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission, Inc."X
Ambulance Technician Level III"Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission, Inc."X
ARFF Technician Level I"Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission, Inc."X
ARFF Technician Level II"Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission, Inc."X
ARFF Technician Level III"Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission, Inc."X
Law Enforcement Vehicle Installation Technician"Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission, Inc."X
Electric Vehicle TechnicianETA InternationalX
Management Level I Supervisor"Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission, Inc."X
Management Level II Supervisor"Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission, Inc."X
Certified Auto Glass TechnicianAuto Glass Safety CouncilX
Master TechnicianAutomotive Transmission Rebuilders AssociationX
Military Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Certification - Electrical/ Electronic Systems (MIL6) National Institute for Automotive Service ExcellenceX
Military Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Certification - Preventive Maintenance Checks & Services (MIL8) National Institute for Automotive Service ExcellenceX
Military Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Certification - Suspension"Steering and Hydraulics (MIL5), National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence"X
Automobile Advanced Engine Performance Specialist National Institute for Automotive Service ExcellenceX
Advanced Engine Performance Specialist National Institute for Automotive Service ExcellenceX
Alternate Fuels Technician (Light Vehicle Compressed Natural Gas Technician) National Institute for Automotive Service ExcellenceX
Certified Lubrication Specialist Society of Tribologists and Lubrication EngineersX