By Jon LeSage
While sales of hybrids and electric vehicles are minimal for many dealerships, they are gaining enough presence to get more attention and policy from SAE International. They’ve been on the market long enough (especially hybrids) to require more aftermarket services like maintenance and repair. For those servicing these vehicles, there’s a new credential that’s been issued called “SAE International Advanced HEV Diagnostics Certificate of Competency.”
Here are a few details to know about the program:
- SAE International has partnered with Automotive Research and Design (AR&D) to provide the training in support of this certificate. It’s there for service technicians, engineers, shop owners, instructors, and other automotive professional sectors.
- AR&D provides diagnostic equipment, online and on-ground HEV training, and Hybrid curriculum solutions.
- The course takes five days, four of which are spent in a hands-on and lecture environment with AR&D instructors. Each day includes daily assessments to ensure each participant will be prepared for a practical hands-on and written exam on the fifth and final day of the course.
- The goal of the credential program is to train service technicians on the diagnostics currently being used in the service industry, and to use additional diagnostic testing methods and equipment that will complement OEM on-board diagnostic systems.
- It will also prepare service techs to gain ASE certification in Hybrid Vehicle Systems available in 2014.
- Classes in 2013 are limited to 20 participants each and will be hosted in Flat Rock, NC; Madison, WI; Portland, OR; and Port Angeles, WA.