Nevada-based Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) continues to pay a significant role in preparing auto technicians for the growing natural gas vehicle industry, confirming it has certified 100 CNG Fuel System Inspectors since the inception of its CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification program in September 2016.
This significant industry milestone means these technicians, the first 100, have demonstrated comprehensive inspection competency. This group represents heavy-duty truck leasing companies, refuse fleets, cylinder manufacturers, municipal fleets, truck manufacturers and dealers, school districts, transit agencies, trucking companies, food and beverage delivery companies and independent truck service centers.
“We are delighted that our certification program has been well received by the industry and has succeeded with a high participation rate after only three months of operation,” said Annalloyd Thomason, NGVi’s Vice President and General Manager. “This clearly demonstrates that companies recognize the need and value of NGVi’s certification, which offers a greater level of confidence in their technicians’ abilities to conduct CNG fuel system inspections. This, in turn, contributes to overall NGV fleet safety.”
NGVi’s CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification program is administered independently from the company’s training programs, and is designed according to the requirements of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). It was created by industry experts and based on a detailed job study of tasks required to be performed by CNG Fuel System Inspectors, according to federal codes and standards, and industry best practices.
NGVi’s certification program is overseen by an independent Advisory Board, including representatives from Agility Fuel Systems, Hexagon Lincoln, Penske Truck Leasing, UPS, Volvo, Waste Management and Worthington Industries.
NGVi’s CNG Fuel System Inspector certification is valid for five years. The rigorous certification exam is offered live at various locations throughout the country, as well as online via an electronically-proctored exam that can be scheduled individually and taken at a time convenient for the participant. Prior training at NGVi is not a pre-requisite.