Automotive Service I Proficiency Certificate


The Automotive Service I Proficiency Certificate is designed for individuals who are interested in entering the field of automotive technology with a basic set of core skills. Students who complete the Proficiency Certificate will be prepared to obtain employment in a small shop, dealership, or franchise-based repair facility. When completed, the courses may be applied towards the Automotive Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree. The Automotive Technology program is located at the Career and Advanced Technology Center (CATC).

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Automotive Service I proficiency certificate, students will be able to:

  • Perform remedial mechanical engine repairs
  • Diagnose and repair an automotive braking system, including anti-lock braking concerns
  • Repair an automotive steering and suspension system and perform four-wheel alignment using alignment equipment
  • Diagnose an electrical fault using a wiring schematic and repair the electrical system

Program Entry Requirements:

This certificate is open to interested students. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of the certificate.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

Successful completion of the program requires a "C" grade or better in each of the courses listed. In order to receive a "C" grade or better and thus demonstrate competency, students must complete assignments, exams and participate in class activities.

Industry Certification Preparation:

  • ASE A1 Automotive Engine Repair
  • ASE A6 Automotive Electrical Systems
  • ASE A4 Steering and Suspension Systems
  • ASE A5 Automotive Braking Systems
  • PA Safety Inspector License
  • PA Emission Inspector License

Intended Audience:

The Automotive Service Proficiency Certificate is designed for individuals who are:

  • Working in the industry as technicians and who are seeking to upgrade their skills and improve their employment opportunities.
  • Seeking to acquire the technician skills to begin careers in the automotive industry in entry-level positions.

Course Sequence:

Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits
AT 100 - Introduction to Automotive Technology   3 credits
AT 111 - Automotive Suspension and Steering Systems AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 4 credits
AT 121 - Principles of Automotive Electricity and Electronics AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits
AT 150 - Automotive Braking Systems AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 2 credits
AT 181 - Auto Engine Mechanical Repair AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 4 credits
AT 250 - Advanced Braking Systems & Controls AT 121AT 150 2 credits

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Business and Technology, Room B2-22, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8414; or the College Information Center (267) 299-5874.