Smog Certification Information

Here you will find information related to Smog Certification and Licensing. For the most current and up to date Certification and Licensing information visit the BAR site.

COURSES OFFERED TO HELP YOU PASS THE STATE EXAM

AUTO 101 - AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

AUTO 102 - AUTOMOTIVE ENGINE PERFORMANCE/ELECTRONICS AND IGNITION

AUTO 109 - CALIFORNIA B.A.R. BASIC AREA CLEAN AIR CAR COURSE

AUTO 200 - ENHANCED AREA CLEAN AIR CAR COURSE

AUTO 202 - ADVANCED ENGINE PERFORMANCE DIAGNOSIS

AUTO 205 - ADVANCED SMOG UPDATE TRAINING

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I have taken the BAR update course in the past how can I now register for another Auto 205 update course?

Due to limits on course repeatability, you may need to complete the “Academic Petition Form” and check off section 4.c where it states “There has been a significant change in industry or licensing standards AND I need to take the course to maintain employment or licensure."

You must then turn in this form along with your BAR license renewal reminder (as proof of change) to Admissions & Records. You will then be allowed to register for Auto205. 

 

Do I need a Smog Check Technician license to conduct Smog Checks?

Yes, a license is required to perform inspections and repairs on vehicles subject to the Smog Check Program. You must complete a Smog Check Technician application and submit it to the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). The Licensing Unit will evaluate the application to see if you meet the requirements to take an examination for the Smog Check Technician.

 

Are there study materials for the exam?

There are study materials in the candidate bulletin that PSI will mail you, or you can visit www.smogcheck.ca.gov

 

What type of Smog Check Technician license do I need?

It depends on what area of California you will be working in. A Basic Area Technician license is solely used in a Basic Area to test vehicles from a Basic Area of California. An Enhanced Area Technician can perform work on all vehicles in all areas. Visit www.smokcheck.ca.gov to view the California area map for Enhanced and Basic areas.

 

What happens When I pass my examinations?

You will receive a pass report card and then PSI will mail you a wall/badge license with your picture on it. If you are ready to start work, call your local BAR field office three to five days after your examination date. The Field office can accommodate you with an "Access Code" if it's available at that time.

 

How do I apply for a Smog Check Technician license?

You must submit an application with a $20 check or money order to the Bureau of Automotive Repair Licensing unit. You must meet all of the application requirements and course education certifications and then pass a licensing examination. You can download an application at www.smogcheck.ca.gov

 

What happens if I fail my examinations?

You will receive a fail report card and must wait 14 days before you call Psychological Systems INC. (PSI) to reschedule another exam. If you fail a second time, you can submit either your failed report card or a new application with a $20 check or money order to BAR's Licensing Unit.

 

Where can I take these courses?

You can take these courses at any Bureau certified school, such as Saddleback College.

 

How long is the Smog Technician license valid?

A Smog Check Technician license is valid for two years.

 

How long are the courses valid for?

The Basic Clean Air Car Course is valid for two years. The BAR-Certified or ASE-alternative training courses are valid for five years. The Smog Check update course is valid for two years.

 

What do I need to renew my Smog Check Technician license?

BAR will mail you a courtesy renewal notice approximately 120 days prior to your expiration date. You must complete the renewal notice, sign it, and submit a $20 check or money order. Please note: If your certifications are not updated or you have not completed a required update course, your license will not be renewed.

 

After I submit my Smog Check Technician license application, how do I know if I am approved to take the exam?

Once your application is processed by Bar's Licensing Unit, BAR's exam contractor Psychological Systems, Inc. (PSI) will mail you a candidate bulletin that states you can contact the PSI help desk to schedule your exam.

 

Who can I contact at BAR with my licensing questions?

If you have any questions regarding your Smog Check Technician license application, contact the Bureau of Automotive Repair Licensing Unit at 916.255.3145.

 

 

BUREAU CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM

Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) Certified Instructor for the California’s Smog Check Program.  The BAR Certified Instructor Program is designed to ensure high standards among our educators and will consist of the successful completion of the following multi-part procedure:

  • Application to Become a Bureau Certified Basic Instructor (TS-2 (10/99)) with proof of completion of current BAR Update Course and required certifications.
     
  • Self-Study/Training Assessment
     
  • Submission of a Lesson Plan
     
  • Presentation with Classroom Demonstration(s)
     
  • Computer-Based Presentation

Application to Become a Bureau Certified Basic Instructor:  The application must include proof of completion of current BAR Update Course and required certifications (see instructions for required documents).  The application form and instructions can be downloaded from the BAR Web site at http://www.smogcheck.ca.gov.  Application packages should be mailed to: 

Bureau of Automotive Repair
Engineering and Research Branch
Attn: Tracy Jenkins
10240 Systems Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95827

Note:  Incomplete applications will not be processed.  You will be notified in writing of any deficiencies in your application package and will be required to submit missing or corrected information.

Read more about the Bureau Certified Basic Instructor Program.

 

For additional and the most up to date Smog Check Licensing Restructure information, visit the BAR site.

 

OTHER SMOG TECH RESOURCES

Steps to Renew your License & Program Info


Smog Check Technician: Renewals

 

Additional Smog Tech Information & Resources


Automotive Service Councils of California

BAR Newsletters

 

Smog Check Licensing Restructure Information


BAR Star Program

Licensing CAT Presentation 4/23/2010

License Restructure Presentations 6/2010

Licensing BAG Presentation 11/05/09

License Restructure Q&A

 

 

Consult the current course catalog and your academic counselor for advice on your automotive academic goals.