At NATEF, industry standards reside at the heart of everything we do. They serve as a compass for evaluation and accreditation—ensuring that all automotive service training and programming is in alignment with the standards set forth. They are critical benchmarks that drive us all collectively forward, give us clear goals to attain; and provide guide rails to ensure quality and excellence in automotive service. In a climate of innovation, population growth and change, these standards are more important than ever.
Automotive service standards for educational programming, engineered to drive excellence in service and road safety.
Our standards are tailored to drive excellence around the following 12 key program components:
Standard 1 – Purpose Standard 2 – Administration Standard 3 – Learning Resources Standard 4 – Finances Standard 5 – Student Services Standard 6 – Advisory Committee Standard 7 – Instruction Standard 8 – Equipment Standard 9 – Facilities Standard 10 – Instructional Staff Standard 11 – Work Based Learning Standard 12 – E-Learning
How are the standards developed?
- Through a thoughtful and strategic collaboration of industry experts and education representatives to determine:
- Task List
- Tools and Equipment Requirements
- Instructor Qualifications
Summary of Changes
2017 Automobile Program Standards
2016 Collision Repair & Refinish Program Standards
2014 Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Program Standards
How does NATEF programming support today’s academic standards?
Contextual, project-based, integrated learning—there’s no shortage of exciting advances in the ways we teach today’s students. Automotive Service education is proven to help support STEM learning in many ways, while also providing graduates with workforce skills they can use immediately after graduation. See what we mean.
- Being Relevant Matters: A NATEF publication on English, Math and Science integration with automotive technology at the MLR, AST, and/or MAST program accreditation level.
The following documents contain the Common Core connections to be used as a guideline alongside Being Relevant Matters: