Class Descriptions
For Smog TEST & REPAIR Licenses:
BAR Specified & Level 2: $1655.00

BAR Specified Diagnostic and Repair (Alternative ASE A6, A8, L1)

For Smog INSPECTOR Licenses:
Level 1 & Level 2: $1480.00

Level 1 Smog Check Inspector Training: Basic Electrical, Computer Circuits & Controls, Engine and Emission Systems, & Engine Fueling & Diagnosis 
BAR Specified Diagnostic and Repair Training represents one of four options a Repair Technician candidate may choose to qualify for the initial state licensing examination. Specifically, candidates with at least two years of engine performance repair experience may complete this training to qualify for the state licensing examination. The training provides students with comprehensive knowledge related to the diagnosis and repair of Smog Check failures.

The training is a minimum of 72 hours and must be completed at a BAR-certified school (F.A.S.T). BAR Specified Diagnostic and Repair Training is valid for 5 years. 

* BAR Specified Diagnostic and Repair training may be used to satisfy the ASE certification requirements for Smog Check Repair Technician license renewal.

​Hours: 72

Price: $1175 (or $975 if paying in advance)


The engine and emission control training is intended to provide students with fundamental knowledge of engine and emission control theory, design and operation. Students who successfully complete this training will have met the first step of the Bureau of Automotive Repair's training requirements for inexperienced or minimally experienced candidates for the smog inspector license. 

Training Prerequisite: None 

Candidates for the Smog Check Inspector license who do not meet BAR specified requirements* must complete this training before proceeding to Level 2 Smog Check Training. Candidates who meet the BAR specified requirements* are not required to complete this training. 

*BAR specified requirements: Experienced candidates may skip Level 1 training if they: Possess ASE A6, A8 and L1 certification; or possess an AA/AS degree or Certificate in automotive technology and have 1 year experience; or have 2 years experience and have completed BAR specified diagnostic and repair training.

Level 2: Smog Check Inspector Training: Inspection Procedures is required to fulfill eligibility to take the BAR State Exam.

Hours: 72

​Price: $1000 (or $800 if paying in advance)


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Level 2 Smog Check Inspector Training: Inspection Procedures 
The Smog Check Procedures Training must be completed by all Inspector candidates. This training provides students the procedural knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform Smog Check inspections. Students who complete and pass this training will have met the Bureau's training requirements to qualify to take the Smog Check Inspector state licensing examination.

This training is a minimum of 28 hours and must be completed at a BAR-certified school (F.A.S.T). To pass Level 2 training, a student must successfully complete a series of hands-on assessments and pass a written examination.

Training Prerequisite: Prior to taking the Inspection Procedures Training, students must either satisfy BAR specified criteria*, as listed below, or successfully complete Level 1 Smog Check Inspector Training: Engine and Emission Controls Fundamentals. 

*BAR Specified Criteria: ASE A6, A8 and L1; or AA/AS Certificate in automotive technology and 1 year experience; or 2 years experience and BAR alternative/ASE equivalency training. 

​Hours: 28

Price: $480

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Level 2 Smog Check Inspector Training: Inspection Procedures 
The Smog Check Procedures Training must be completed by all Inspector candidates. This training provides students the procedural knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform Smog Check inspections. Students who complete and pass this training will have met the Bureau's training requirements to qualify to take the Smog Check Inspector state licensing examination.

This training is a minimum of 28 hours and must be completed at a BAR-certified school (F.A.S.T). To pass Level 2 training, a student must successfully complete a series of hands-on assessments and pass a written examination.

Training Prerequisite: Prior to taking the Inspection Procedures Training, students must either satisfy BAR specified criteria*, as listed below, or successfully complete Level 1 Smog Check Inspector Training: Engine and Emission Controls Fundamentals. 

*BAR Specified Criteria: ASE A6, A8 and L1; or AA/AS Certificate in automotive technology and 1 year experience; or 2 years experience and BAR alternative/ASE equivalency training. 

​Hours: 28

Price: $480

For REPAIR License Renewal:

BAR Certified Repair Update Training: 
UT059 - Circuit Testing Tools & Strategies
Smog Check Repair Technicians are required to complete 16 hours of automotive technology update training every two years for license renewal.  

4 hours of which can be the online inspector update training that is required to renew the inspector license  and is located on BARs website at: http://www.bar.ca.gov/Industry/Training/index.html  

Hours: 12
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Price: $200

BAR E-Blast  # 37944: License Renewal Training  12 hrs min class + 4 hrs online

BAR Citation Training 
This training class will provide remedial training to licensed Smog Check Inspectors who have received a citation by the bureau and mandated to complete corrective training. 

This training is a minimum of 8 hours, which may include a 4 hour on-line component. However, actual training hours could vary depending on the conditions of the citation issued by the bureau. As applicable, the training includes a quiz to confirm the on-line training component, a review of the official inspection procedures, hands-on assessments using vehicles with emission control defects or tampers, and a final written exam. 

Upon completion, technicians will be emailed a certificate. The certificate must be sent in to the BAR by the technician. 


Price: $480 (28-Hour)
Price: $160 (8-Hour) 
For INSPECTOR License Renewal:

Inspector License Renewal Update Training
Smog Check Inspectors are required to complete 4 hours of BAR license update training every two years for license renewal.

Smog Check Repair Technicians are required to complete 16 hours of automotive technology update training every two years for license renewal.  4 hours of which can be the online inspector update training that is required to renew the inspector license  and is located on BARs website at: http://www.bar.ca.gov/Industry/Training/index.html