The NATEF 5-step accreditation process is engineered to evaluate a school’s automotive service program—its structure, processes, resources, materials and mission. We perform a thorough, strategic review and offer accreditation to programs that meet the requirements of the industry’s highest instructional standards—programs that share our passion and commitment to automotive service excellence.
Collaboration is at the core of the NATEF accreditation process—we believe that successful programs are built on a healthy exchange between educators, experts, students and community. A strong Advisory Committee helps to support each program successfully bridge the gap between “real world” needs and classroom activities. An ASE Alliance Field Manager is assigned as well, to guide new programs through the initial process and ongoing renewals as new instructors are added.
Regardless of program—Automobile, Collision Repair and Refinish, or Medium/Heavy Duty Truck—the accreditation process is the same; an effective methodology that dives deep into program structure and specifics while also ensuring strategic alignment with vision and mission.
STEP 1: Getting Started
Listed below are the documents you will need to begin the accreditation process. We recommend that you download these forms and save them to your local computer.
- 2013 Auto Program Standards *
- 2016 Collision Program Standards
- 2014 Medium/Heavy Truck Program Standards
STEP 2: Program Self-Evaluation
- Extensive self-evaluation performed by program instructors, administrators and advisory committee members
- Program is reviewed and assessed against national standards
- Opportunity exists internally to make program improvements
- Program submits application with summary of self-evaluation
- For reference: Self Evaluation Guide
STEP 3: NATEF Review
- The application is reviewed by NATEF
- Decision is made whether the program qualifies for an on-site evaluation
STEP 4: On-Site Evaluation
On-site evaluation of program is conducted by an Evaluation Team Leader (ETL) who is ASE Master-certified and trained to perform the evaluation by NATEF.
All items listed below must be provided to the ETL two weeks prior to the scheduled evaluation date(s):
- Completed On-site Evaluation Agreement
- Copy of the Application Submitted to NATEF (include Integrated Academics information, if applicable)
- Copies of Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
- List of (6) graduates who completed the program within the past 3 years and are employed locally. Include the name of the graduate, their supervisor, and the address and phone number of the place of employment. Program Graduate
- Course of Study
- Syllabus for each class
- Tasks to be taught specified by Priority designations
- Number of contact hours
- Sequence of instruction to be included in the program
- List of training materials used
- Sample evaluation form used to track student progress
STEP 5: Program Accreditation & Ongoing Reviews
After industry requirements are met, the program is awarded NATEF accreditation for a 5-year period from the date of accreditation/renewal of accreditation.
To maintain accreditation status during this period, programs are asked to review their activities to ensure that standards are being upheld. NATEF requires that programs complete the 2 1/2 year compliance review to remain accredited. The compliance review is designed to help the program determine needed improvements prior to the 5-year renewal process.