Automotive Service I Proficiency Certificate

The Automotive Service I Proficiency Certificate is designed for individuals who are interested in entering the field of automotive technology with a basic set of core skills. Students who complete the Proficiency Certificate will be prepared to obtain employment in a small shop, dealership, or franchise-based repair facility. When completed, the courses may be applied towards the Automotive Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Additionally, the Automotive Technology programs have manufacturer partnerships with Nissan of North America and Ford Motor Company through the Nissan Technician Training Academy and Ford Technical Career Entry Program - Maintenance & Light Repair (MLR). Students enrolled in the Automotive Technology AAS program, or the Automotive Service Proficiency Certificate I or Proficiency Certificate II programs are able to participate in these manufacturer programs. These programs can lead to Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and other specialty training certifications to further prepare students for the workforce.

Community College of Philadelphia's Automotive Technology Center is currently under construction as we build a new, state-of-the-art Career and Advanced Technical Center, scheduled to open in 2022. During construction, the Automotive Technology Center is temporarily housed on the first floor of the Center for Business and Industry building on Main Campus.

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Automotive Engineering Technicians - est. salary $46,621
Automotive Specialty Technician - est. salary $48,092
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles - est. salary $30,654
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers – est. salary $73,801*
Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation - est. salary $60,813

**EMSI Data, 2022; The greater Philadelphia region a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Automotive Service I Proficiency Certificate degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.
Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits
AT 100 - Introduction to Automotive Technology   3 credits
AT 111 - Automotive Suspension and Steering Systems AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 4 credits
AT 121 - Principles of Automotive Electricity and Electronics AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits
AT 150 - Automotive Braking Systems AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 2 credits
AT 181 - Auto Engine Mechanical Repair AT 100, which may be taken concurrently 4 credits
AT 250 - Advanced Braking Systems & Controls AT 121AT 150 2 credits

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

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