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).

This 300-hour paid training program was developed with guidance from the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) and several Career and Technical Education (CTE) subject matter experts, and includes a combination of extensive hands-on exercises and regular quizzes and examinations. In addition to real-world paid training experience working alongside Referees and interacting with consumers, the STTP trains students in the areas of safety, communication, and administration. This additional training helps to ensure that the students learn the essential skills necessary to become competent, high performing professional technicians in today’s automotive test and repair industry. Each site trains up to four students, ensuring that students receive the individual attention needed to flourish.

What Students are Saying

Hats off to the Foundation for California Community Colleges for providing such a rewarding, detailed training program.

Nicole Kates, Santa Rosa Junior College

This helped me make a solid foundation for my new career today.

Dorothy Anderson, Mt. San Jacinto College

I have recently established my smog license and have gained the field knowledge which will continue to enrich my career.

Roberto Perez, Rio Hondo College

Contact Us

Smog Check Referee Call Center 
Toll Free: 1.800.622.7733

Fact Sheets

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Download the Student Technician Training flyer >

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Who we serve

The Foundation serves as the official foundation supporting the Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and the entire California Community College system, including 114 colleges and 72 districts, serving 2.1 million students.

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