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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 5. State Air Pollution Control Board
Chapter 91. Regulations for the Control of Motor Vehicle Emissions in the Northern Virginia Area

9VAC5-91-560. Certification qualifications for emissions repair technicians.

A. Application for certification under this part shall be made to the department and in accordance with procedures approved by the department.

B. Applicants shall demonstrate to the department the ability to conform with applicable motor vehicle laws and this chapter.

C. Certification is valid only for the person to whom it is issued.

D. Emissions repair technicians may be certified to perform emissions related repairs at more than one certified station.

E. Certification is valid for a time period determined by the department, not to exceed three years from the end of the month in which issued. The director may extend such certification once, for up to six months from the date of original expiration, if shown that the availability of training or equipment prevent recertification prior to expiration.

F. The requirements for emissions repair technician certification are as follows:

1. The certification process shall be administered by the department or its agent according to procedures of the department. Before applicants are certified, they must comply with the requirements of this section. The department will notify applicants of the certification requirements prior to testing.

2. An applicant shall demonstrate knowledge, skill, and competence concerning the adjustment and repair of vehicle emissions control systems. Such knowledge, skill and competence shall be demonstrated by passing a qualification test and certification process, which may include training, as approved by the department. Such demonstration may include knowledge of the following:

a. Operation and purpose of emissions control systems.

b. Relationship of hydrocarbon, oxides of nitrogen and carbon monoxide emissions to timing and air-to-fuel ratio control and vehicle load as applicable to the emissions inspection required.

c. Adjustment and repair to manufacturers' specifications.

d. Contemporary diagnostic and engine tune-up procedures.

e. Emissions related adjustment and repair requirements for all vehicles failing an emissions inspection, in particular, the adjustment and repair of those systems described in 9VAC5-91-480.

f. Other such relevant emissions related repair criteria, as determined by the department.

g. Other provisions of this chapter applicable to emissions related repair.

G. Any applicant whose certification has been revoked shall make a showing to the director that the condition causing the revocation has been corrected to the satisfaction of the director.

Statutory Authority

§ 46.2-1180 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 5, eff. January 24, 1997; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 20, eff. October 1, 2002.

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