Q&A: Changes Coming to the Emission Recertification Exam
What changes are coming to the emission recertification exam?
Effective June 11 through July 31, 2018, emission recertification may be accomplished by enrolling in a typical emission recertification class or completing the recertification via a web based study guide and exam. Beginning August 1st, all emission recertification exams will be completed online.
What is the web address?
The web site address is www.patrainingportal.com.
Where may the exam be taken?
The exam may be taken anywhere a computer with internet capability is available.
When must the exam be taken?
The exam may be taken as early as 180 days prior to the expiration date but must be taken and passed prior to mid night of the expiration date.
Will inspectors receive an exam notice?
PennDOT will send a notice to the address on record 180 days prior to certification expiration. It is very important to keep PennDOT current on any address changes. NOTICE: The Postal Service will not forward any official mail. The mailing address must be correct!
What is the cost of the online recertification (EIR) exam for OBD counties?
The cost of the online recertification exam for OBD counties is $79.99 which will include 2 exam attempts. A third and final attempt will cost $24.99 and includes remedial training. If an inspector fails the three attempts to pass the exam, they must return to school and retake the course.
What is the cost of the online recertification exam for the Northern 8 (non-OBD counties)?
The cost for the Northern 8 (N-EIR) counties is $59.99 which will include 2 exam attempts. A third and final attempt will cost $24.99 and includes remedial training. If an inspector fails the three attempts to pass the exam, they must return to school and retake the course.
How many attempts are available prior to certification expiration?
An inspector may make three (3) attempts to pass the recertification exam with an 80% score or higher prior to certification expiration.
What is the consequence of an inspector forgetting to take the exam prior to expiration or not passing the exam prior to expiration?
Any emission inspector not recertified prior to expiration will be required to retake the original, 16-hour emission certification course. A list of approved emission schools can be found online at: http://www.dmv.pa.gov/VEHICLE-SERVICES/Inspection-Information/Pages/Schools-and-Instructors.aspx
How are the fees paid?
Fees for training and the exam are paid via Discover, American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Visa/Master Card debit.
Note: Training materials and all updates will be available free of charge during the two-year recertification period – as long as the certification remains valid.
What is the consequence for a Certified Repair Technician in the event of certification expiration?
If an Emission Inspector (EI) who also has an emissions Certified Repair Technician (CI) designation permits the emission license to expire, the certified repair status would NOT be valid.
Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association