College Hosts NATEF Evaluation Team Leader (ETL) Training


The Automotive Technology Program at Johnson College hosted nine instructors to conduct a National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Evaluation Team Leader (ETL) Training on October 18th. The daylong training prepared instructors to utilize accreditation standards to improve the quality of their programs. The training was offered to any current instructor in a NATEF accredited program that also meets certain qualifications. These qualifications include the type of degree the instructor holds along with the ASE certification of Master Automobile Technician.

The responsibilities of a certified NATEF ETL are to lead an evaluation team through the accreditation or reaccreditation process at schools that are requesting certification or recertification as a NATEF accredited program. NATEF accredits not only automotive programs but also heavy truck and collision programs as well. Dr. Darrell Parks was the instructor for the training and he has been affiliated with NATEF for the last 22 years as an independent employment and training consultant.

“We are honored here at Johnson College, that NATEF had chosen our campus as the venue for this training,” said Mark Kozemko, ’79, Automotive Technology Instructor and Transportation Division Faculty Leader. “It is great to collaborate with other leaders in the automotive technology industry to discuss best practices.”

The Automotive Technology program at Johnson College received reaccreditation by NATEF and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) in the spring of 2016. The automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used. Johnson College’s automotive program is accredited in the following areas: Engine Repair; Automatic Transmission/Transaxle; Manual Transmission and Drive Axles; Suspension and Steering; Brakes; Electrical/Electronic Systems; Heating and Air Conditioning; Engine Performance, which are all eight categories of Automotive Service Excellence, (ASE).