Alternative Fuels — Electric Vehicles and Hybrids Proficiency Certificate


The Alternative Fuels — Carbon Based Fuels Proficiency Certificate provides valuable training and expertise and adds an additional path to our existing, successful automotive program. Our current automotive technologies (AT) program is accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NIASE). While the AT program meets the current industry requirements for automotive technicians, it is not focused on future fuel needs, and this expertise is increasingly required and in demand. This micro proficiency certificate helps to meet that need, and we believe that our current and future AT students, as well as technicians already working in the field, will be interested in completing it to enhance their marketability.

Alternative fuels are increasingly being used in our immediate geographical area and require skilled technicians who may be trained at the College. Many organizations are investing in alternative fuels. For example, both the city of Philadelphia and SEPTA have made investments in this area. The city has started to replace some passenger vehicles with electric vehicles and is deploying and installing charging stations at various city departments. SEPTA has purchased 25 electric buses, which are currently in use on various city routes. During the latest climate meetings in November 2021, six major automakers including Ford, GM, Mercedes Benz, and Volvo pledged to phase out sales of new gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 worldwide and by 2035 in leading markets. (NYTimes)

Alternative Fuels - Carbon Based Fuels Proficiency Certificate program is located at the Career and Advanced Technology Center (CATC).

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Alternative Fuels - Carbon Based Fuels Proficiency Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Use appropriate techniques and currently accepted industry standards to create a safe working environment with Alternative Fuels Technologies (ALFT) vehicles.
  • Diagnose a variety of ALFT vehicle system functionality issues, in accordance with currently accepted industry standards.
  • Demonstrate proper and effective use of current technology and tools to service and repair ALFT vehicles, in accordance with currently accepted industry standards.

Program Entry Requirements:

This certificate is open to interested students who have either completed an appropriate program (such as Automotive Technology, Medium/Heavy Truck Technology, or Toyota T-TEN) and have submitted a transcript, or who can provide certifications indicating appropriate transportation industry work experience. New students are normally required to take the College’s placement test at their time of entry. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of the certificate when applicable.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

Successful completion of the program requires a "C" grade or better in each of the courses listed in the program.

Course Sequence:

Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits
ALTF 101 - Electric Drive Vehicles AT 121 or MHT 112 or suitable documented industry experience 3 credits
ALTF 102 - Hybrid Vehicles AT 121 or MHT 112 or suitable documented industry experience 3 credits

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Business and Technology, Room B2-22, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8414 or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.