How to Become a Certified Mobile Vehicle Inspector (State Car Inspector Certified) in Texas

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If you are eager to find an automotive technician job in Texas, you may be able to use your existing training to become a certified mobile vehicle inspector or a state car inspector. It is interesting to note that the training for both is very similar, but if you want to work as a licensed state of Texas vehicle inspector you need to take some additional steps that include:

  • Being 18 or older

  • Holding a valid driver's license in Texas

  • Passing a background check and being free of disqualifying criminal offenses

  • Completing and passing the DPS (Department of Public Safety) approved training, which includes a four-hour safety inspector's course, a four-hour commercial inspector's course or an eight-hour safety and emissions inspector's course

  • Not being in a suspended or revoked status in the Texas vehicle inspection program

  • Submitting an application

  • Passing a written inspector's examination

  • Passing the practical examination that proves you have the knowledge needed to do a proper vehicle inspection

As stated, Texas does have a safety inspection requirement, and car owners can visit approved facilities such as garages and repair shops, to get the inspections done. A facility approved for inspections has to ensure that those providing them have certification as well.

Naturally, you can use auto mechanic training to become a state inspector, but also a certified mobile vehicle inspector in Texas. The latter is a job that would require more in-depth inspections beyond safety and emissions, and which would allow you to work with buyers or sellers eager to know the condition of a car or truck.

Typically, a buyer looking for advice is unable to drive the vehicle to another location or have it examined by a mechanic. Working as a mobile inspector, you provide your expertise wherever needed, performing a thorough review of the vehicle, ensuring a better outcome for the buyer and seller alike. You can pursue mechanic jobs emphasizing only state inspections. You can also become mobile certified and provide owners with an inspection certificate as well as more comprehensive inspections that look at all areas of a vehicle for sale.

How to become a certified mobile vehicle inspector in Texas

In both types of automotive mechanic jobs, you need to acquire hands-on experience. For the most part, anyone who wants to work as an inspector needs an entry-level job that trains him or her in the skills necessary. While certification and attendance of a vocational program is not required for the state inspectors, it is a good idea to obtain this formal training if you want to earn the highest auto mechanic salary possible.

This means you must have your high school diploma or GED, and then enter a vocational training program in automotive services technology. You can get certified in one or more areas of auto repair and maintenance, or you can pursue the two-year associate's degree. You can also seek the different ASE certifications too.

If you are interested in obtaining an associate's degree, you can do so through a technical institute such as UTI Universal Technical Institute. Their 51-week program applies towards your Master Mechanic certification, and you can also reach this level through ASE certifications too. Both focus on:

  • Advanced Diagnostic Systems
  • Automotive Engines & Repair
  • Automotive Power Trains
  • Brakes
  • Climate Control
  • Drivability & Emissions Repair
  • Electronic Technology
  • Power & Performance
  • Professional Service Writing

If you are eager to attend auto mechanic school, or you want one of the best technician jobs, inspection is a good area to consider. Using your auto mechanic training to work as a certified mobile vehicle inspector in Texas, you can provide services in a certified station or independently.

If you’re already a certified mechanic and you’re interested in working with YourMechanic, submit an online application for an opportunity to become a mobile mechanic.


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