Automobile Program Accreditation FAQ's

  1. Did the number of instructional hours change (from the 2012 standards) for any of the 3 levels of accreditation in the 2013 standards?
  2. Did the instructor qualifications change?
  3. My program is currently accredited, when do I have to get the ASE G1 certification?
  4. I teach Engine Performance for a MAST accredited program. When do I need to have the ASE L1 certification?
  5. I'm currently ASE Master certified, why do I need o take the ASE G1 certification exam?
  6. The previous NATEF Automobile Program Standards listed required hours of instruction per area. Is there an hour requirement per area in the 2013 standards?
  7. I have more hours than defined by the new levels, can I teach more tasks?
  8. Are the P1, P2 and P3 percentages changing?
  9. What about tools and equipment?
  10. I'm due to submit a compliance review in the near future. On what standards should I base my review?
  11. How will I articulate my program?

 


  1. Did the number of instructional hours change (from the 2012 standards) for any of the 3 levels of accreditation in the 2013 Standards?  Yes, however the only change in hours is at the MAST level.  The change in MAST hours to 1,200 reflects additional instructional tasks.   The hour requirements for MLR and AST did not change.
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  1. Did the instructor qualifications change?  Yes, the chart below reflects these changes.
Instructor Qualifications
MLR G1 & A6 A4 & A5
AST Instructor Area(s) Taught.
Program must cover A1-A8
MAST Instructor Area(s) Taught : A1-A8, (Engine Performance Instructor(s) must have A8 and L1)
Program: must cover A1-A8, L1
 
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  1. My program is currently accredited, when do I have to get the ASE G1 certification?  Programs that are currently accredited will be required to meet the 2013 Instructor Qualification when the program next comes up for re-accreditation.
 
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  1. I teach Engine Performance for MAST accredited program.   When do I need to have the ASE L1 certification?  Instructors currently teaching Engine Performance as part of a MAST program will be required to meet the 2013 Instructor Qualification of having ASE L1 certification when the program next comes up for re-accreditation.
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  1. I’m currently ASE Master certified, why do I need to take the ASE G1 certification exam?  After extensive discussion with subject matter experts and with the NATEF Board, it was determined that it is in the best interest of the program and its students for all instructors to hold this certification.
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  1. The previous NATEF Automobile Program Standards listed required hours of instruction per area.  Is there an hour requirement per area in the 2013 standards?  No, in the new NATEF auto accreditation model, there is no specified hour requirement per area.  There is only a total hour requirement for each level of accreditation.

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  1. I have more hours than defined by the new levels, can I teach more tasks? Yes, NATEF provides the minimum standards. If your program has additional hours, resources, etc., we encourage you to teach additional tasks that are found at the next level of accreditation in any area. Teaching additional tasks from a higher level of accreditation than you currently hold does not mean you are accredited at the higher level.  You must teach all the tasks and meet all program requirements to accredit in the next level. 

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  1. Are the P1, P2 and P3 percentages changing?  No, the percentages for tasks taught remain the same at P1 – 95%, P2 - 80%, P3 - 50%.

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  1. What about tools and equipment? The updated tools and equipment list is posted in the program documents link under Quick Links on the NATEF homepage.

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  1. I’m due to submit a compliance review in the near future.  On what standards should I base my review?  The compliance review should reflect the standards for which the program was approved for accreditation.  However, if your program was accredited under the 2008 model but has transitioned to the new 2012/13 model, the compliance review forms have been modified to accommodate that information. 

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  1. How will I articulate my program? NATEF does not define how credit transfer is structured between institutions. We are working on some suggested guidelines. You should discuss articulation directly with your partner institution as you plan implementation of the new model.

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 I just don’t know what to do, how can you help?  Feel free to contact the NATEF office at 703-669-6650. We can walk you through the process and provide some resources to assist you in getting your program accredited.
 

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