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Thursday, 18 February 2016 16:20

VA School Auto Body Program Nationally Accredited

Fauquier Auto Program

Michael Stevens, a former Fauquier High School automotive student, competed in the Ford/AAA Auto Skills contest last year. (Photo: Fauquier County Public Schools)

The Fauquier County Public Schools automotive training program at Fauquier High School has received accreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

The school system’s program has been accredited in automotive body repair.

To achieve this coveted recognition, the school’s automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation by NATEF.

Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment were used.

“This is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents,” Donald Seyfer, former NATEF chair, said in a news release.

“Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that Fauquier County graduates in the automotive training program will be employable entry-level technicians,” Seyfer said.

“As a result of the quality education provided at FHS, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the work force,” he added.

Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that Fauquier High School’s program be accredited by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

ASE is a national non-profit organization which tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to accrediting automotive training programs.

Craig Canard, who teaches automotive body repair at Fauquier High School, added, “During the past few months, we have worked closely with NATEF to make certain that our program would meet strict industry standards, and now we are happy to join the ranks of the ASE accredited training programs. Our students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.”

The program, which is open to students in all three high schools, includes a basic introduction course where students receive training in safety, Mig welding, trim and hardware, exterior panel repair, painting basics and more.

The program also includes two more in-depth courses at FHS, which prepare students for ASE tests. 

In the first, they receive training in painting and refinishing, fundamentals of collision repair, and damage analysis. 

In the second, students combine classroom theory with hands-on techniques, studying brakes, lighting, starting and charging systems and air conditioning.

Students participate in classroom activities and also practice skills in a lab environment.


Thank you to Fauquier Now for permission to reprint this story.

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