List of Courses / Prices
Courses and Qualification Requirements for the Smog Check Inspectors and Smog Check Repair License.
There are 2 Licenses available to a current technician or a perspective technician:
- Smog Check Inspector Technician
- Smog Check Repair Technician
Technicians wishing to obtain just an "Inspectors" License are required to complete the requirements for that license as stated below.
Technicians wishing to obtain just a "Repair" License are required to complete the requirements for that license as stated below.
Technicians wishing to obtain both the Inspector and Repair licenses must complete the requirements for both licenses.
Smog Check Inspectors License:
Candidates with minimal or no experience must complete both Engine and Emission Control Training (Level 1) and Smog Check Training (Level 2) within the last 2 years, and pass a state licensing exam.
Experienced candidates, (those who already have ASE A-6, A-8 and L-1 certifications, or meet one of several other acceptable options as noted below), must successfully complete Level 2 Smog Check training within the last 2 years, and pass a state examination. Experienced candidates are not Required to take Level 1 Engine and Emission Control training. Proof of experience: Possess ASE A-6,A-8, and L-1 certifications; or possess an AA/AS degree or a Certification in Automotive Technology and have 1-year experience; or have 2 years’ experience and have completed BAR Specified Diagnostic and Repair Training consisting of the ASE Alternative courses A-6, A-8 and L-1. (Note: BAR will be checking “Proof of Experience” through employer contacts and IRS Tax Statements. In addition; all technicians’ weather current or perspective can no longer mix and match the ASE required courses A-6, A-8 and L-1 with ASE Alternative A-6, A-8 and L-1. For example; candidates must take and pass all three ASE courses or take all ASE Alternative courses in order to meet the requirements. Example: a Candidate cannot take and pass the ASE A-6 and ASE A-8 then fail the ASE L-1 and take the ASE L-1 Alternative for the purpose of satisfying the requirements for licensing. It is advisable that technicians weigh the odds of passing the ASE tests, versus the hands-on training and knowledge technicians receive by attending the BAR Specified Diagnostics Training Courses.
Smog Check Repair Technician License:
Candidates may qualify for the Smog Check Repair Technician license in any of the following four ways:
- Possess certification in the categories of Electrical/Electronics Systems (A-6), Engine Performance (A-8) and Advanced Engine Performance Specialist (L-1) from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and pass the state examination; or
- Possess an Associates of Arts or Associate of Science degree or higher in Automotive Technology from a state accredited or recognized college, public school, or trade school, and have one year automotive repair experience in engine performance area, and pass the state examination; or
- Possess a certification in automotive technology from a state accredited or recognized college, public school, or trade school with a minimum 720 hours of course work that includes at least 280 hours in the engine performance area, and have one year of automotive repair experience in the engine performance area, and pass the state examination.
- Have a minimum of two years of automotive repair experience in the engine performance area, and successfully complete bureau specified diagnostics and repair training within the last five years, and pass the state licensing examination. Bureau specified diagnostics and repair training consists of the ASE Alternative Courses in A-6, A-8 and L-1. Note: all technicians’ weather current or perspective can no longer mix and match the ASE required courses A-6, A-8 and L-1 with ASE Alternative A-6, A-8 and L-1 courses, that is; candidates must take and pass all three ASE courses or take all ASE Alternative courses in order to meet the requirements. Example: a Candidate cannot take and pass the ASE A-6 and ASE A-8 then fail the ASE L-1 and take the ASE L-1 Alternative for the purpose of satisfying the requirements for licensing.
Level I Inspector Course 68 Hours $875.00 (Includes all materials , no retest fees)
This course is intended to provide students with fundamental knowledge of engine and emission control theory, design and operation. Students who successfully complete this training at a BAR-certified school will have met the first step of the Bureau of Automotive Repair’s training requirements for inexperienced or minimally experienced candidates for the Level 1 Inspector License.
Level II Inspector Course 28 Hours $380.00 ( Includes all materials no retest fees)
This course covers the follow areas; program administration, consumer authorization and consultation, vehicle identification, visual, smog check and functional inspections. In addition, the student will learn safety and emission test procedures and calibration of inspection equipment.
Technician Update 16 Hours $225 (Includes all materials, no re-test fees)
This course is for technicians who need to renew their smog license. This course is designed to expand on current technologies found in the industry today. Technicians will be required to participate in hands on lab based emission failure diagnosis and repair procedures. Students will utilize the latest in laptop based scanner equipment such as EASE Diagnostics, Autoenginuity, Modus, Genisys, Bosch VCI, Bosch KTS, Bosch Master Tech, Tech-2 as well as performing Digital Storage Oscilloscope (DSO) and Wave Form Analysis. NO RE-TEST FEES
BAR Specified Diagnostic and Repair Training 72 Hours $995.00 (Valid for 5 Years)
This new Diagnostic & Repair Training course meets the smog license exam prerequisites. Formerly known as the A-6, A-8 and L-1.
This class combines into one course, all course content for the A-6, A-8 and L-1ASE alternative courses and includes additional updated diagnostic information. This course covers the latest smog update requirements including:
- Electrical systems diagnosis and repair,
- Engine performance systems diagnosis and repair,
- Advanced engine performance systems diagnosis and repair,
- Hands-on competency test,
- Written exam
- All materials
- BAR’s Specified Diagnostic Training Certification which is good for 5 years.
Supplemental Courses Available
NEW! Electric Vehicle Training Course 16 Hours $325 (Includes all materials)
This course is a Tear Down class, 70% Hands On Training and 30% Lecture, covering the following areas:
Introduction to the Nissan Leaf and or Fiat 500 E
High Voltage Service Systems
High Voltage Interlock
Controller Area Network
High Voltage Battery
High Voltage Charging
Power Inverter Module Diagnosis and Repair
Power Electronics Thermal Management System
Powertrain Gear Box and Driveline Components
Regenerative Braking and Chassis System
Smog Diesel Technologies (Citation Avoidance Class) 8 hours $225 (Includes all materials)
Smog Diesel Training: Designed as a Citation Avoidance Class. Let a former Experienced BAR Trainer/Under Cover Lab Employee take you through this extremely in depth course and potentially avoid extremely expensive "BAR Citations”. Course includes Hybrids/Gasoline/and Diesel Smog component locations. Discussion will focus on identification of Diesel Oxidation Catalyst – DOC, OC Periodic Trap Oxidizer, PTOX Diesel Particulate Filter, DPF Selective Catalytic Reduction, SCR and sensors that are exclusive to Diesels. In addition; E.O. #’s what's legal what's not and how to resolve issues that would normally go to a Referee will be discussed. EGR Block-Offs, EGR, Deletion Kits, Finger Sticks, Air Horns, Re-programmers, OBD-II for Diesels, Case Studies, and Regeneration Systems will be discussed. This course is designed to bring your inspection skill level up; to keep you off BAR’s Radar Scope.
Basic Level Hybrid Technologies 16 Hours $275 (Includes all materials)
This course is a Tear Down class, 70% Hands On Training and 30% Lecture, covering the following areas:
- Introduction to Hybrid Vehicles, Hybrid Batteries and Servicing.
- How to Safely Perform Oil, Transmission and Cooling Services.
- How to put the vehicle in Inspection Mode.
- High Voltage ECU and SMR Relay Analysis.
- How to Clear Controller Area Network (CAN) Failures.
- High Voltage Glove Safety and Certification
- CAT III, IV and V DVOM Safety Concerns and Proper Use.
- Electric Motors, Generators and Regenerative Braking.
- "Hand on Approach" to Understanding Electrical Circuits, Schematics and Diagnostics.
NEW! Advanced Hybrid Training Course 16 Hours $350 (Includes all materials)
Prerequisites: Mandatory attendance of the Basic Level Hybrid Course; Technicians will not be allowed to attend this course without proof that they have successfully completed a basic Hybrid Training Course and understand the safe “Power Down Sequence” and understand the potential risks associated with the High Voltage Systems, and understand C.A.N. technologies.
This course is a continuation of the Basic Hybrid Course. However; this course will cover the following: proper “Power Down” procedures, High-Voltage Battery Management, Controller Area Network C.A.N. System Failures, Body, Chassis System Failures, and Smart Key Systems will be the key points of this course. In addition, Transmission and Water Pump failures will be discussed. Learn how to safely and properly perform these procedures. In addition, learn how to bring the vehicle back on line and clear all C.A.N failure codes that may appear. Technicians will be in a lab based environment diagnosing vehicles with real problems using both “Factory Scan” tools, as well as “After-market” scan tools Technicians should understand Basic Electrical and CAN Network Topology’s.
NEW! Vehicle Re-Flashing and Re-Programing Class 8 Hours $200 (Includes all materials)
This course is intended to cover the following areas: Understanding J2534 Programing, identifying J2534 pass thru vendors both After Market and OEM., identify and access OEM websites Acura through Volvo, understanding when to re-flash and when not to re-flash, understand how detrimental improper re-flashing can be to vehicle systems., problem solving when things go wrong, how to determine the vehicles latest Calibration, Mode 6, Mode 9, and Mode 10 will be discussed, use of Battery Maintainers and there importance, use of Lecture, Labs, Workbook, and Videos will accompany this course, “Walk thru” a J2534 re-flash procedure.. Students are encouraged to bring their personal scanners with J-Tool (a current OEM Subscription is required).
Small Engine Repair 12 Hours $225 (Includes all materials)
This course covers basic operational theory, servicing, adjusting, and maintaining 2-cycle and 4 cycle small gas engines as they pertain to commercial, recreational and landscaping industries. The use of ATV, Chainsaws, Weed-eaters, Lawnmower engines (Honda / Briggs and Stratton).
Strategy Based Diagnosis and Advanced DSO Scanner Operations Course 16 Hours $325.00 (Includes all materials)
Prerequisites: This class is recommended for the advanced level technician. Technicians should have good command of fuel control, oxygen sensors and air fuel ratio sensor operations along with the ability to understand electrical schematics. This is primarily a “hands on” lab based instructional class.
This “Strategy Based” diagnostics course is an all new Scan Tool course that is designed using a completely different approach to instruction. The emphasis of this course is to develop critical thinking skills that will assist technicians in reaching their next level of comprehension and understanding. This course shows the best PID’s, Controls, and other Scan Tool functions to use for each diagnosis. We have reinvented Scan Tool training because button-pushing and menu navigation doesn’t make you successful. Rather, success comes when you know your Scan Tool so well that you can set the flowchart aside and ‘make up’ your own Strategy Based Diagnostic Path. Since Engineers cannot write for every single possible fault, this path is more accurate and quite a bit shorter than the flowchart. There are dozens of examples of this strategy in action, diagnosing the most common faults: C.A.N. Wave Patterns, Good Signals, Bad Signals, Fuel Trim Codes, EVAP Leaks, O2 and Air/Fuel Sensor Codes, Misfire Code Isolation Techniques, EGR functional, Fault Codes, Body & Chassis Codes, Scan Tool “No-Communication” faults, and other functional failure codes. Test vehicles are bugged and ready to challenge your abilities. Feel Free to bring your personal Scanners and DSO’s.
Technician Mentoring Class 8 hours $500.00
This specialized mentoring has been a very successful class for technicians looking to sharpen their skill sets. This is a one on one instructional class that is 100% lab based; NO LECTURES, just you and me in the lab with no other interruptions.
The key concept with this class is to take you to your next level of understanding, comprehension, and diagnostic abilities. If you’re not where you need to be, this class will get you there. If you’re good this instruction will make you better. Let me pass on to you 40 years of experience as a factory trained technician in Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda and several European platforms. In addition; as a former BAR employee, providing instruction to all BAR Field Reps state wide, Supervisors, BAR Management and BAR Lab Technicians for well over 5 years and hours in the courtroom involving “Citation Cases” this instruction will help you steer clear of very expensive “Citations”.
I can assess your skills in about 15 minutes, and will Taylor your instruction for you and you only, not what a BAR curriculum requires or some other instructional method.
In this class., you will use the latest up to date Factory equipment, as well as the most recent After-Market equipment or if you want you can bring your own equipment if you choose. You will train on several product lines.
State Exam Prep 10 Hours $200 (Includes Manual)
This course in not required for a technician to apply for a smog license or renew a license. This course is designed as a review of the 6 required courses to assist the student with preparing to take the state exam.
Air Condition / Climate Control 8 Hours $225 (Includes manuals, test and Certification)
This lecture lab course is instructed using the MACS and/or IMACA EPA approved certification curriculums which meets Section 609 Standards of the Clean Air Act. Students perform a wide verity of hands on assignments as well as system diagnostics. Technicians must be certified today in order to diagnose and repair A/C systems and purchase R-12 refrigerant.
Level I Citation Course 8 Hours $275 (Includes all materials)
This is a remedial training course for licensed smog technicians who have been given a 8 hour citation by the Bureau of Automotive Repair. Course include lecture, lab and homework assignments. Scheduled on demand
Level II Citation Course 16 Hours $375 (Includes all materials)
This is a remedial training course for licensed smog technicians who have been given a 16 hours citation by the Bureau of Automotive Repair. Course include lecture, lab and homework assignments. Scheduled on demand
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