NATEF 2012 Automobile Program FAQ's

  1. Does this change affect my collision or truck program?
  2. I just re-accredited, what does this mean for me?
  3. I just sent my application using the 2008 standards; will the 2012 changes affect my application?
  4. I have more hours than defined by the new levels, can I teach more tasks?
  5. Are the P1, P2 and P3 percentages changing?
  6. Have the fees changed?.
  7. What about tools and equipment?
  8. Have the instructor qualifications changed?
  9. How will I articulate my program?
  10. I have seen the 2008 documents in an electronic format; does NATEF provide any such resource?
  11. I just don’t know what to do, how you can help?


 


1.      Does this change affect my collision or truck program? No, the new tasks and model concept only affect automobile service technology training programs. There is no change to the collision/refinish or the medium/heavy truck standards at this time. Both of those programs will be reviewed shortly.

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2.      I just re-accredited, what does this mean for me? If you just re-accredited, your program is good under the 2008 standards. You will have to use the new 2012 standards when you next come up for re-accreditation.
 
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3.      I just sent my application using the 2008 standards; will the 2012 changes affect my application? No, because you applied under the 2008 standards prior to November 30, 2012, the program will be evaluated and accredited under those standards. You will have to use the new 2012 standards when you next come up for re-accreditation.
 
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4.      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, you may 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 to accredit in the next level.
 
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5.      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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6.      Have the fees changed? No, there are no fee changes at this time.
 
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7.      What about tools and equipment? The updated tools and equipment list is posted in the program standards section of the NATEF homepage.
 
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8.      Have the instructor qualifications changed? Yes, the qualifications have changed as follows: All MLR instructors must be ASE certified in A4, A5, A6, and A8. All AST and MAST instructors must hold current ASE certification in A6 and in the automobile area(s) (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A7, and A8) they teach. The requirement for update training remains the same.
 
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9.      How will I articulate my program? NATEF does not define how articulation takes place between consenting institutions. We are working on some suggested guidelines. You should discuss articulation with your partner institution as you plan your implementation of the new model.
 
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10.  I have seen the 2008 documents in an electronic format; does NATEF provide any such resource? Not at this time, NATEF is in the process of acquiring an electronic accreditation software program. We will keep you posted on our progress.
 
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11.  I just don’t know what to do, how can you help? First, 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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