Emission Specialist, Certificate of Achievement

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as Smog Check technicians. It meets the State of California Level 1 and Level 2 license requirements. Students who complete the program are eligible and prepared to take the Smog Check Inspector License Exam.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Correctly perform a State of California smog check inspection observing all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Diagnose and repair emission related faults observing all application laws and regulations.
  • Identify license requirements and successfully prepare for the Smog Check Inspector License Exam.
  • Identify professional work habits and employ them to promote themselves and the quality of their work.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

Required Core
AUTO 100Introduction to Automotive Technology4
AUTO 101Engine Repair4
AUTO 102Basic Automotive Electricity and Electronics4
AUTO 103Engine Performance4.5
AUTO 104Automotive Electrics2.5
AUTO 105Automotive Electrical Circuits2.5
AUTO 170Smog Check Inspection Procedures2.5
AUTO 161Supervised Automotive Trade Experience I2-4
or WORK 99 Career-Focused Work Experience
Total Units26-28

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Summer PriorUnits
AUTO 100 Introduction to Automotive Technology (Recommended as prep if student wants to Fast Track COA) 4
AUTO 101 Engine Repair 4
AUTO 102 Basic Automotive Electricity and Electronics 4
AUTO 103 Engine Performance 4.5
AUTO 104 Automotive Electrics 2.5
AUTO 161
Supervised Automotive Trade Experience I
or Career-Focused Work Experience
AUTO 105 Automotive Electrical Circuits 2.5
AUTO 170 Smog Check Inspection Procedures 2.5
 Total Units26-28

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.