Program Accreditation Process

Program Self Evaluation- The accreditation process begins with an extensive self-evaluation performed by training program instructors, administrators, and advisory committee members. Members of this group compare the program to national standards, and have the opportunity to make improvements before submitting evaluation documents to NATEF.

NATEF Review- Self-evaluation materials are then sent to NATEF, where they are reviewed to determine if the program qualifies for an on team evaluation.

On-Site Evaluation- If the program qualifies, an Evaluation Team Leader (ETL), an educator certified by ASE and trained by NATEF, is assigned the program and an on-site visit is scheduled.

Recommendation for Accreditation- When industry requirements are met the program will become accredited for a period of five years.

Areas of Accreditation

Automobile Training Programs

Schools must apply for accreditation in at least the four required areas

* Brakes
* Electrical/Electronic Systems
* Engine Performance
* Suspension and Steering

Automatic Transmission and Transaxle
Engine Repair
Heating and Air Conditioning
Manual Drive Train and Axle


Collision Repair & Refinish Training Programs

Schools may be accredited in Painting and Refinishing only

OR

Schools must apply for accreditation in:

Structural Analysis and Damage Repair
PLUS at least one of the following areas:

  • Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair
  • Mechanical and Electrical Components
  • Painting and Refinishing

OR

Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair
PLUS at least one of the following areas:

  • Structural Analysis and Damage Repair
  • Mechanical and Electrical Components
  • Painting and Refinishing

 


Light/Medium Duty CNG/LPG Training Programs

Schools may apply for accreditation for one or both fuels; a minimum of four areas are required for accreditation.

  • * Electrical/Electronic Systems

  • * Engine Performance

PLUS two required areas from each fuel to be accredited:

* LPG Diagnosis and Repair
* LPG Maintenance
LPG Conversion/Installation

* CNG Diagnosis and Repair
* CNG Maintenance
CNG Conversion/Installation


Medium/Heavy Truck Training Programs

Schools must apply for accreditation at least the five required areas:

* Diesel Engines
* Suspension & Steering
* Brakes
* Electrical/Electronic Systems
* Preventive Maintenance Inspection

Gasoline Engines
Drive Train
Heating and Air Conditioning

Medium/Heavy Truck Alternative Fuels accreditation:
Schools seeking accreditation in alternative fuels for medium/heavy duty truck programs must meet standard accreditation requirements for the truck program (above) AND the following required area plus at least one of the optional areas:

* Gaseous Fuels Engine Performance (required)
CNG On-Board Fuel Storage and Delivery
LNG On-Board Fuel Storage and Delivery
LPG On-Board Fuel Storage and Delivery

Estimated Costs For
Accreditation/Renewal of Accreditation

  Automobile/Truck Collision Renewal of Accreditation
Accreditation Documents $94.00 $94.00 $82.00
Application Fee $315.00 $315.00 $315.00
On-Site Eval. Team Manuals
($65 each)
$260.00 $195.00 $195.00
Honorarium for the ETL
($250 per day)
$500.00 $500.00 $250.00
Estimated expenses for the ETL $150.00 $150.00 $100.00

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