Qualifications and Duties of a Smog Check Inspector
A Smog Check Inspector inspects and certifies vehicles requiring Smog Check inspection. A Smog Check Inspector may not perform diagnosis and/or repair to correct Smog Check failures. All official Smog Check inspections must be completed by a licensed Inspector in a licensed Test-Only or Test-and-Repair station.
To become licensed as a Smog Check Inspector, an individual must pass a state administered examination. Examination applicants first must successfully complete Level 1 and Level 2 training, as applicable.
Level 1 Training - Engine and Emission Controls Fundamentals
Level 1 Training is required for Inspector candidates with little or no experience. This training provides students with the knowledge of engine and emission control systems necessary to conduct accurate smog inspections. Successful completion includes the ability to demonstrate minimum levels of competency related to engine and emission control systems. The training is a minimum of 68 hours and must be completed at a BAR-certified school.
Experienced candidates may skip Level 1 training if they meet any of the following requirements:
- Possess an ASE A6, A8, and L1 certifications
- AA/AS degree in automotive technology AND 1 year experience in the engine performance area
- Certificate in automotive technology with a minimum of 720 hours of course work that includes a minimum of 280 hours in the engine performance area AND 1 year experience in the engine performance area
- 2 years experience in the engine performance area AND completion of BAR Specified Diagnostic and Repair Training within the past 5 years
- 2 years of comparable military experience/training in the engine performance area
Level 2 Training - Smog Check Procedures
Level 2 Training must be completed by all Inspector license applicants. This training covers the program rules, regulations, and procedures. Successful completion includes the ability to demonstrate the minimum levels of competency related to vehicle inspections. The training is a minimum of 28 hours and must be completed at a BAR-certified school.
Applicants for license renewal must meet the following Update Training requirements:
Update Training - Applicants for license renewal must provide proof that they have successfully completed 4 hours of BAR-certified update training within the last two years.