Skill Certificate in Automotive Emissions Technology

Division: Industry & Technology

Students completing this certificate will acquire skills and knowledge required by the State of California, Bureau of Automotive Repair in preparation for the Automotive Technician's emission examination.

Program Outcomes

  • Use the proper automotive terminology to discuss systems operation, methods of diagnosis and needed repairs.
  • Prepare a written estimate of needed system repairs and estimate the related costs.
  • Practice safety in the repair and service associated with electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems.
  • Demonstrate abilities to describe construction components and apply necessary skills for their respective approach to select the proper method to diagnose, repair and test automotive systems.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of automotive diagnostic equipment to evaluate system performance and determine needed repairs.

Career Opportunities

Entry-level employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, automotive emissions equipment testing, emissions equipment repairs, or emissions equipment testing and repairing. A separate state license is required for both.


Prerequisites for this certificate are 7 semester units from AUTO 130 and AUTO 136 courses including engine electrical systems.

Program Requirements 

AUTO 243Auto Adv. Computer Controls5
AUTO 263Emissions & Diagnostics Lvl 14
AUTO 264Emissions & Diagnostics Lvl 22

The Skill Certificate requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Industry & Technology Division Chair.