Smog License Requirements

 

Initial Inspector License:

May inspect and certify the emissions control systems on vehicles subject to the Smog Check Program at a licensed Smog Check Test-Only or Test-and-Repair station. No experience is required unless the applicant chooses to bypass the inspector level 1

Requirements for Licensure:

Applicant must meet one of the following three prerequisites in order to qualify to take the examination

1. Level I and Level II inspector training in the past two years

2. ASE certified in A6, A8, L1, and Level II inspector training in the past 2 years

3. Education/Experience:

    1. Possess an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or higher degree in Automotive Technology from State accredited or recognized School and successfully completed BAR Level II inspector training OR
    2. Possess a certificate in automotive technology from a State accredited or recognized college public school or trade school with a minimum of 720-course work that includes at least 280 hours of course work in the engine performance area, and have one year of automotive repair experience in the engine performance area, AND have successfully completed BAR Level II inspector training in the last 2 years; OR
    3. Have a minimum of two years of automotive repair experience in the engine performance area, AND have successfully completed BAR specified Diagnostic and Repair training in the past five years, AND have successfully completed the BAR Smog Check Training Level II inspector training in the last 2 years 

Initial Repair Technician License:

May Diagnose, adjust, and repair the emissions control systems on vehicles subject to the Smog Check Program at licensed Smog Check Test-and-Repair or Repair-Only station.      

Requirements for Licensure:

Applicant must meet either the Certification or Education/Experience prerequisites in order to qualify to take the examination.

1. Certification: Currently certified in ASE A6, A8, and L1. OR

2. Education/Experience

    1. Possess an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or higher degree in Automotive Technology from State accredited or recognized School; OR
    2. Possess a certificate in automotive technology from a State accredited or recognized   college public school or trade school with a minimum of 720-course work that includes at least 280 hours course work in the engine performance area, and have one year of automotive repair experience in the engine performance area; OR
    3. Have a minimum of two years of automotive repair experience in the engine performance area, AND have successfully completed BAR specified Diagnostic and Repair training in the past five years. 

Initial Test and Repair:

Requirements for Licensure:

Applicant must meet either the Certification or Education/Experience prerequisites in order to qualify to take the examinations.

1. Complete the Level II Inspector Training

2. Certification: Currently certified in ASE A6, A8, and L1. OR

    1. Possess an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or higher degree in Automotive Technology from State accredited or recognized School; OR
    2. Possess a certificate in automotive technology from a State accredited or recognized   college public school or trade school with a minimum of 720-course work that includes at least 280 hours of course work in the engine performance area, and have one year of automotive repair experience in the engine performance area; OR
    3. Have a minimum of two years of automotive repair experience in the engine performance area, AND have successfully completed BAR specified Diagnostic and Repair training in the past five years. 

Not sure what classes to take.
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Do you have 2 years experience working
as a auto technician?
Answer 1

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. 

Click next to answer yes or no 

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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