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Starting August 1st, 2012, the BAR changed the smog technician licensing requirements to two separate licenses. There is a Smog "Inspector's" license and a Smog "Repair" Technician license. The following information is the list to meet the exam requirements for each license:

Smog "Inspector's" License

There are 2 requirements:

  1. Either
    1. Successfully complete the 68-hour Level-1 course, OR
    2. Show proof of a minimum of 2 years automotive repair shop experience; AND prove certification of all three ASE areas in A6, A8 and L1.
    3. Show proof of a minimum of 2 years automotive repair shop experience; AND successfully complete the Diagnostic and Repair course.
    4. Show proof of having a degree in automotive technology AND at least one year of repair shop experience.
    5. Show proof of having a certificate in an automotive technology program of at least 720 hours (with at least 280 hours of engine performance related courses) AND at least one year of repair shop experience.
  2. Complete and Pass the 28-hour Level-2 course

Smog Repair Technician License

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

  1. Certification: Provide proof of ASE certifications in A6, A8 and L1
  2. OR

  3. Education/Experience: (3 options)
    1. Show proof of a minimum of 2 years automotive repair shop experience, AND successfully complete the Diagnostic and Repair course
    2. Show proof of having a degree in automotive technology AND at least one year of repair shop experience.
    3. Show proof of having a certificate in an automotive technology program of at least 720 hours (with at least 280 hours of engine performance related courses) AND at least one year of repair shop experience.

What if I don't have enough prior experience?

The BAR is no longer allowing just training to be a substitute for experience for license requirements. You will be required to obtain the necessary automotive repair shop experience to meet the licensing requirements shown above. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions regarding any of these new regulations or to register for classes. Please check out the link on the left side of the page for more information about this very successful program, or please call our office at (877) ATS-TRNG.


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