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Automotive Service Technology Certificate of Proficiency

Our Institutional Certificate prepares you for entry-level automotive technician positions in repair shops.



Step 1:

Certificate of Proficiency

Admission Requirements

Submit the online application to the program along with a copy of your driving record. Submitting an application does not guarantee admission to the program. An advisor will contact you if you qualify for admittance into the program. 

Apply to WSU Automotive

Course Requirements

Gainful Employment Disclosure



Step 2:

Associate of Applied Science

Automotive Technical Education Program (ATEP)

Prepares you for a career as an automotive service technician or to go on to one of WSU’s Automotive Technology bachelor’s programs.


What you will learn

  • Working in an actual dealership or service center, you will learn to identify and analyze problems and apply real-world solutions. Choose one of the hundreds of independent shops or one of many ACDelco TSS service centers or a Utah dealership.

    Your instruction and training at WSU covers:

  • Shop safety, S/P2 hazardous waste handling and pollution prevention practices
  • Electronic service information usage
  • Theory, diagnosis and operation in all 8 NATEF automotive areas on a vehicle
  • Scan tool usage, both generic and manufacturer specific scan tools
  • Diagnostic and troubleshooting skills with an emphasis on using a common diagnostic process

Why Choose This Program

  • Access. You can join our program during the fall or spring semester.
  • You will get real-world experience, completing 640 hours of supervised work at an independent shop or dealership.
  • You will also complete 900 hours of hands-on lab work on late-model Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, and Chrysler vehicles.
  • Why Choose This Program


Certifications You'll Prepare to Earn

  • ASE Master Technician certification
  • EPA Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990 (Section 609) Air Conditioning Certification
  • Emissions inspection and maintenance certification where applicable
  • Utah safety inspection certification for Utah-based students

  • You are required to take all 8 ASE exams to qualify for graduation. The exams are given at WSU at the end of each semester.

    Find test prep guides on the ASE website.



Employment Opportunities

Our program will prepare you to work as an automotive service technician or continue on to one of WSU’s Bachelor of Science degrees in Automotive Technology, which prepare you for a wide range of automotive-related industries, including:

Field service operations
Fleet management
Technical support


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