Training for the Automotive Professional

The only way to make sure you stay at the top of your game is to keep learning. It's obvious that your technicians need to stay up to date, but your shop managers need to stay sharp on changes in employment law, strategic planning and other core business necessities in this day and age.

You will find resources to do just that by following these links. The "Organizational Training" section includes links to such entities as AMI and ASE. Our "Individual Training" section includes pages dedicated to individuals who can offer you seminars that you may find useful. If you are a trainer, or if you are a chapter member who recently attended some quality training and have someone to refer, please let us know by sending an email to [email protected].

BAR Licensing

Repair Only Licensing

Technicians can now repair a failed Smog, with the Repair Only License. This license is now available - there is no need to wait until the new Smog Program (CalVis) starts next year. To receive the Repair Only License, an individual must take and pass the BAR test. ASCCA obtained study and reference material for the test from BAR. Below are the Exam Handbook, the Smog Check Procedures Manual, and the Smog Check Reference Guide. You may download and print these materials as study guides for the test.

Repair Only License Study Handbook - This handbook includes the exam plan which provides the proportional breakdown of the exam, as well as the detailed knowledge and abilities covered by the exam. Study should focus on the highest percentage of questions.

Smog Check Procedures Manual & Smog Check Reference Guide - These two documents are very important because 21% of the Repair Only License exam covers non-repair items.

Click here for more information on the BAR Repair Only License Test and other BAR testing information.

Organizational Training


Maylan Newton/ESI
4615 E. Industrial Suite 1E
Simi Valley, CA 93063
How it works: ESI has an agreement with ASCCA to provide a certain amount of training hours. Chapters can take advantage of that by partnering with the Association.
Click here to read the simple one-page instructions.
Customer Service Groups

Dan Gilley
Facilitator / Instructor / Coach / AAM
PHONE: 800.755.0988 EXT: 101
FAX: 866.946.9131

Doug Mueller
2655 Monument Blvd.
Concord, CA
94520 888-747-8888
Doug needs approximately 90 days notice for scheduling Chapter education.

Dayco Products
Brad Brooks or John Stanford
9024 Testerman Way
Elk Grove, CA 95758
[email protected]
Availability clinics are limited per year, so be sure to plan in advance.

General Motors
Jeff James
[email protected]
A wide selection of trainings are available free to ASCCA Chapters. Most would be performed at a dealership in a Chapter’s local area. Allow advance notification 90 days for scheduling.

Dave Schedin
(800) 385-0724
A seasoned Certified Master Level Coach, Trainer, and Seminar Facilitator to business owners, managers, service advisor’s and tech’s, Dave’s leadership skills are highly transferrable and being used in many other management arenas in the marketplace in the U.S. and Canada.

Additional Training Opportunities:

Individual Trainers

Walt Commans
ASE Western States Consultant
[email protected]

Walt Commans has over 40 years experience in the Automotive aftermarket, and is available for ASE test preparation workshops in the Western States. Walt works with Automotive, Fleet, Truck and Collision technicians to help them prepare for the ASE certification tests. Each one hour presentation focuses on a specific ASE Test Series, and offers an in-depth look at the question styles, with an eye for better understand how to approach and analyze each type of ASE test question for better results. For more information on availability and seminars, contact Walt directly at [email protected] or call 714-875-9011. Additional Individual Trainers:

Networking Forums

Training Opportunities/Chapter Resources

Rex Cleveland
Area Sales Manager
Tenneco, Monroe, Walker
(925) 980-4393
[email protected]

Walker Emissions Training: requires approximately 50 participants in a class.

Auto Instructors

Golden West College
Bryan Kramer
[email protected]

The school is a resource for meeting facilities. It primarily provides instruction for automotive technician certification programs. GWC also offers a Honda sponsored "PACT" program (Professional Automotive Career Training). They teach the Express Service and Maintenance, and Light Repair classes for Honda and students who pass the final exam become certified Honda technicians. More information about the PACT is available at .

Steve Caruso
Steve Caruso Automotive Consultant
Westminster, CA 92683
Course: Smog Update Gas and Diesel
[email protected] or [email protected]

Steve Caruso is a professional technician with over 28 years of experience. His licenses include:

  • 25 Year ASE Master Automotive Technician
  • ASE L1 Advanced Engine Performance Specialist
  • Bosch Master Technician
  • GM Delco Tech Technician
  • Licensed California Smog Technician
  • 7 Year Member of SAE
  • California Certified BAR Instructor

In addition to all Domestic Manufacturers, Mr. Caruso specializes in engine performance and electrical diagnostics for Honda, Toyota, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen/Audi.

Mr. Caruso developed the OBD2 training class to help technicians understand the complicated laws behind automotive emissions. This education enables technicians and repair shops to better serve customers while increasing shop profitability.

Study Guides

Motor Age Training
James K. Hwang, Brand Manager
2501 Colorado Avenue, Suite #280
Santa Monica, CA 90404
P 310.857.7633
F 310.943.1465
[email protected]

Self study guides for ASE Certification test. ASCCA members receive 25% discount on study materials.

Training Series

Winchester Auto Parts
Rod Melching
1366 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose, CA
(408) 866-1222
[email protected]

Rod organizes year-long training series with additional opportunities layered throughout the year. Plan to register for classes beginning in January to guarantee yourself a spot.

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