Student Technician Training

Providing real-world training for automotive students.

The Smog Check Referee program has helped support the training of hundreds of future smog technicians through the Student Technician Training Program (STTP).

The program was developed with guidance from the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) and several Career and Technical Education (CTE) subject matter experts. In 2017 the STTP was again updated, resulting in a more focused, effective, and efficient program. STTP participants gain invaluable, real-world experience while working alongside the highly skilled and experienced Smog Check Referee staff. The STTP is a comprehensive 240 hour program (periodically, shorter term programs may be available), which employs extensive hands-on exercises designed to aid in the education of automotive students. 

The STTP supplements the BAR required courses and conventional automotive technician training students receive at a California Community Colleges. The STTP reinforces the core skills needed to become a successful smog technician. Additionally, it gives each student training in the areas of safety, communication, and administration. Combined with the core skills training, this additional support helps to ensure students learn the essential skills necessary to become a gainfully employed, high-performing, professional technician in today's automotive test and repair industry. 

What Students are Saying

Great learning experience. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to be a smog tech.

Steven Ketchum, Evergreen Valley College

Since completing my training, I have passed the BAR smog check inspector and repair technician exams. The training helped prepare me for those tests and I am thankful to have actual smog experience prior to starting work in the field.

Joe Proenza, San Diego Miramar College

All the Referees were very helpful and insightful with vast knowledge I learned from and all noticeably enjoyed their jobs.

Aviud Magana, Evergreen Valley College

This program is a great opportunity for future smog inspectors and repair technicians.

Jaime Martinez, Butte College

Contact Us

Smog Check Referee Call Center 
Toll Free: 1.800.622.7733

Fact Sheets

Download the Air Quality and Technician Training Program fact sheet >

Download the Student Technician Training Flyer >


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