Smog License Requirements

 

Initial Inspector License:

This license permits individuals to inspect and certify emissions control systems on vehicles participating in the Smog Check Program at licensed Smog Check Test-Only or Test-and-Repair stations. No prior experience is mandatory unless applicants opt to skip Inspector Level 1.

Licensure Requirements:

To qualify for the examination, applicants must meet one of the following three prerequisites:

1. Completion of Level I and Level II inspector training within the past two years.

2. ASE certification in A6, A8, L1, along with Level II inspector training within the past two years.

3. Education/Experience:

- Possession of an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or higher degree in Automotive Technology from a state-accredited or recognized institution, along with successful completion of BAR Level II inspector training.

- Possession of a certificate in automotive technology from a state-accredited or recognized college, public school, or trade school, which includes a minimum of 720 hours of coursework, with at least 280 hours dedicated to engine performance, and one year of automotive repair experience in the engine performance field. Also, the successful completion of BAR Level II inspector training within the last two years.

- A minimum of two years of automotive repair experience in the engine performance area, along with successful completion of BAR-specified Diagnostic and Repair training within the past five years, and successful completion of BAR Smog Check Training Level II inspector training within the last two years.

Initial Repair Technician License:

This license authorizes individuals to diagnose, adjust, and repair emissions control systems on vehicles participating in the Smog Check Program at licensed Smog Check Test-and-Repair or Repair-Only stations.

Licensure Requirements:

To qualify for the examination, applicants must meet either the Certification or Education/Experience prerequisites:

1. Certification: Applicants must currently hold certifications in ASE A6, A8, and L1.

2. Education/Experience:

- Possession of an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or higher degree in Automotive Technology from a state-accredited or recognized institution. And one year of automotive repair experience in the engine performance field

- Possession of a certificate in automotive technology from a state-accredited or recognized college, public school, or trade school, with a minimum of 720 hours of coursework, including at least 280 hours of engine performance coursework, and one year of automotive repair experience in the engine performance field.

- A minimum of two years of automotive repair experience in the engine performance area, coupled with successful completion of BAR-specified Diagnostic and Repair training within the past five years.

Initial Test and Repair License:

Licensure Requirements:

To qualify for this license, applicants must meet either the Certification or Education/Experience prerequisites:

1. Completion of Level II Inspector Training.

2. Certification: Applicants must currently hold certifications in ASE A6, A8, and L1.

3. Education/Experience:

- Possession of an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or higher degree in Automotive Technology from a state-accredited or recognized institution. And one year of automotive repair experience in the engine performance field

- Possession of a certificate in automotive technology from a state-accredited or recognized college, public school, or trade school, with a minimum of 720 hours of coursework, including at least 280 hours of engine performance coursework, and one year of automotive repair experience in the engine performance field.

- A minimum of two years of automotive repair experience in the engine performance area, coupled with successful completion of BAR-specified Diagnostic and Repair training within the past five years.

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Do you have 2 years experience working
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You qualify for Smog Inspector only 

To receive a Smog Inspector certification you will need to take two classes: 

  • Level 1 Inspector:  Engine Control Fundamentals Training

  • Level 2 Inspector:  Smog Check Procedures Training

Training specifics:

  • Training is 96 hours in length

  • 12 weeks to complete evening classes



Are one of these statements below true?

You have ASE A6 Electrical, A8 Engine performance, and L1 Advanced engine performance certifications. 

You have an AS or AA degree or higher in Automotive Technology from a state an accredited or recognized college, Public school, Trade school, and have one year experience in automotive repair in the area of engine performance. 

You have a certificate in Automotive Technology from a state-accredited or recognized college, school or trade school with a minimum of 720 hours of course work that includes at least 280 hours in the engine performance area, and have a minimum of 1-year of experience working in an automotive repair facility in the area of engine performance. 

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You qualify for Smog Inspector and Repair


Since you said yes to having met the requirements of having ASE and or formal education in Automotive Technology and have one year of experience as an automotive technician you only need one class to get both inspector and Repair licenses


To receive both Smog Inspector and Repair certifications you will need to take one class: 

  • Level 2 Smog Check Procedures Training

Training specifics:

  • Training is 28 hours in length
  • 4 weeks to complete evening classes

You qualify for Smog Inspector and Repair

Since you said no you will need to take two classes and show proof to the BAR of having at least two years of experience as a technician in a licensed automotive repair dealer

To receive both Smog Inspector and Repair certifications you will need to take two classes: 

  • Level 2 Smog Check Procedures Training

  • Bar Specified Diagnostic Repair Training

Training specifics:

  • Training is 100 hours in length

  • 12 weeks to complete
Please Answer Yes or No

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