National Automotive Technicians

Education Foundation

NATEF was founded in 1983 as an independent non-profit organization with a single mission:  to evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommend qualifying programs for certification (accreditation) by National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Bay College’s Automotive Technology Program received its first NATEF certification in 1999.  In November 2015, Bay College became NATEF Master Certified, which is the highest level of achievement recognized by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).   View the NATEF website for more information. 

The Automotive Technology program is certified in the following areas:

Automatic Transmission & Transaxle
Electrical/Electronic Systems
Engine Performance
Engine Repair
Heating and Air Conditioning
Manual Drive Train & Axles
Suspension & Steering

Achieving ASE Certification for Automotive Training Programs

The motor vehicle repair industry has taken on a new sophistication. It requires advanced technical training and computer literacy. Today's automotive technician must have:
  • thorough knowledge of automotive systems and components
  • good computer skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • above average mechanical aptitude
  • good reasoning ability to read and follow instructions
  • manual dexterity
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs as automotive service professionals will be plentiful for persons who finish training programs in high school, vocational or technical school or community college.
To help vocational educators recruit, mentor, and train tomorrow's technicians, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellent (ASE) offers certification for technician training programs. The purpose of the automotive technician training certification program is to improve the quality of training offered at secondary and post-secondary, public and proprietary schools.

Programs can earn ASE certification upon recommendation of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).  NATEF was founded to develop, encourage, and improve automotive technician education. NATEF examines the structure and resources of training programs and evaluates them against nationally accepted standards of quality. NATEF's precise national standards reflect the skills that students must master. ASE certification through NATEF evaluation ensures that certified training programs meet or exceed industry-recognized, uniform standards of excellence.

Benefits of Certification

Certification of an automotive training program brings with it program credibility, prestige, recognition, and overall program improvement. The certification process benefits everyone: schools, students, future employers, and the automotive service industry. Specific benefits of program certification are noted below:

For Schools, program certification:
  • Increases potential for funding from public and corporate sources
  • Provides a mechanism for recruiting students based on demonstrated program excellence
For Students:
  • Provides a means of identifying quality programs meeting national standards
  • Ensures that training received is current, complete, and applicable
For Employers:
  • Ensures a pool of well-trained entry-level technicians
  • Encourages involvement with the schools through the advisory committee
For the automotive service industry:
  • Encourages respect for professions within automotive service
  • Increases professionalism within the industry
For more information, contact Mike Gardner in the Automotive Department at Bay College at 906-217-4234 or send an email to
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