General Program Accreditation FAQ's (Automobile, Collision and Truck)

  1. Have the number of Program Standards changed?
  2. What are the fees for accreditation?
  3. Can one of my Advisory Committee Member be a Team Member for our on-site visit?
  4. Can I submit my application without providing the Team Member list?
  5. Do I have to rate all the Program Standards for a renewal of accreditation?
  6. What's the difference between On-Site Team Members and Advisory Committee Members on the application?
  7. Can an application be submitted with below '4' average ratings?
  8. Once the documentation for each standard is assembled, do I need to provide any additional documentation?
  9. Do I have to re-apply if there are deficient items found during the on-site evaluation?
  10. For a renewal of accreditation what standards do the advisory committee have to reveiw during the program self evaluation?

 

  1. Have the number of Program Standards changed?  Yes, there is now a new Standard 6 -Advisory Committee which groups all the Advisory Committee tasks that were previously scattered throughout the standards.  There now a total of 12 Program Standards for Automobile programs and 11 Program Standards for Collision and Truck Programs.
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  1. What are the fees for accreditation?

 

  ACCREDITATION
FEE
RENEWAL OF ACCREDITATION FEE
     
Base Accreditation Fee $850.00 $750.00
     
Manufacturer Specific Accreditation Fee (if applicable)
This fee is in addition to the Base Accreditation Fee
$425.00 $375.00
     
Honorarium for Evaluation Team Leader (ETL) @ $250/day
*Please see below
 
*$500.00 *$250.00
Estimated mileage, hotel, and meal expenses for the ETL
**Please see below
$300.00 $150.00
     
ESTIMATED TOTAL COSTS
Base program only
$1,650.00 $1,150.00
 
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  1. Can one of my Advisory Committee Member be a Team Member for our on-site visit? No, Advisory Committee members are not permitted to serve as a Team Member.  More information regarding Team Member qualifications can be found in the Policies section of the NATEF Program Standards.
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  1.  Can I submit my application without providing the Team Member list?  No, you will need to provided the name and contact information for the required number of Team Members before submitting your application.

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  1. Do I have to rate all the Program Standards for a renewal of accreditation?  Yes, all the Program Standards should be rated regardless of the type of application.  However, for renewals if any of Standards 1 - 5 are rated below a 4 that Standard will be reviewed during the on-site visit along with Standard 6 - 10, and Standards 11 and 12 if applicable.

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  1. What's the difference between On-Site Team Members and Advisory Committee Members on the application?  Advisory Committee Members convene twice per year and review the program.  They will conduct an evaluation of the program before the application is submitted to NATEF.  Team Members will be evaluating the program during the on-site evaluation so they must not be advisory committee members, former instructors, or students within the last 5 years.  Team members must also meet more specific criteria than that of the Advisory Members.  See Program Standards for Team Member requirements.
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  1. an an application be submitted with below '4' average ratings? No, the average ratings on standards 6, 7,8,9 and 10 must be a 4.  A program may not be approved for an on-site if the average rating on standards 1-5 and 11 & 12 is less than a 4.

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  1. Once the documentation for each standard is assembled, do I need to provide any additional documentation?  Yes, once the application is approved for an on-site evaluation, there is a list of documents that are required to be sent to the assigned Evaluation Team Leader (ETL) at least two weeks before the on-site date.  A list of required documentation can be found on the NATEF website at: http://www.natef.org/Achieving-Accreditation/Forms-Misc.aspx 

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  1. Do I have to re-apply if there are deficient items found during the on-site evaluation?  No, if the application is submitted in a timely fashion, the program will have until the length of their application to correct any deficiencies.

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  1. For a renewal of accreditation what standards do the advisory committee have to reveiw during the program self evaluation?  Initial and renewal of accreditation requires Standards 1 - 10 be reviewed - Standard 11 & 12 if applicable.
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