Skip to Main Content

Financial Aid Alert

Urgent! Don't miss the financial aid priority deadline: July 15.

Learn More |

Program Overview

This Automotive Certificate course covers the laws, procedures, and specifications needed to perform a North Carolina State Safety and Emissions inspection. Topics include brake, steering and suspension, lighting, horn, windshield wiper, tire, mirrors, and emission control devices inspection. The course also covers principles of operation and types, diagnosis, service, and repair of brake systems. Topics include drum and disc brakes involving hydraulic, vacuum boost, hydra-boost, electrically powered boost, and anti-lock and parking brake systems. In addition, the course also covers principles of operation, types, and diagnosis/repair of suspension and steering systems to include steering geometry. Topics include manual and power steering systems and standard and electronically controlled suspension and steering systems.

Looking to increase your skills? Workforce Training courses are provided to help meet this need. Courses are offered most semesters. Click the Skills Training tab to view available courses.

Instructional Format: Face-to-face class meetings to include lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice and simulation of scenarios.

Employment Opportunities:

Upon completion of this course, individuals should be able to apply for positions with automotive dealerships, repair ships or work independently as an automotive repair technician.

Program Contacts:

Jill Harding

Director - Pilot Center and Occupational Programs

Workforce Certificate Courses


AUT-3137U Intro & Sustainable Transport
AUT-3137O Basic Transportation Electricity
AUT - 3137I Auto Braking Systems

Certification Testing: NC Automotive Safety Inspection/OBD II

Skills Training Courses


Program Costs

Cost: Total projected cost for this certificate is $183. Skills Training courses tuition rates based on course hours.

Virginia residents pay the same tuition rate as in-state students for Workforce, Technologies & Community Education (WTCE) certifications and courses.

Many grant and scholarship opportunities are available as well. Please complete the WTCE Scholarship and Financial Aid Form and a counselor will review your information to see if you are eligible for assistance.

Related Programs

Want to Learn More?

Choosing a college is an important decision, and we’re pleased that you’re interested in Surry Community College.