How to Get Smog Technician Certified in Idaho | YourMechanic Advice

How to Get Smog Technician Certified in Idaho

Schedule Brake Pad Replacement
Service Area

$125.02 - $465.01

Price range for all vehicles
Average rating from 11,934 customers who received a Brake Pads Replacement.

Emissions testing is a significant part of vehicle ownership these days. That means that someone must perform those inspections and any necessary repairs. If you’re looking for a new automotive technician job opportunity in a specialized field, becoming smog technician certified in Idaho may be a good way to go. Each state has its own laws and requirements for training, testing, and certification to become qualified to work in emissions testing and repair.

Idaho requires vehicle emissions inspections in Ada County, Canyon County, and the city of Kuna. This is because these are the only airsheds which meet the air quality levels necessary to require testing. Each area has its own slightly different testing process, although all share reciprocity with each other – an inspection in one county will be counted as valid in another.

Each county also has different procedures for testing and repair. Below we will take a look at Ada County’s emissions inspector requirements.

Requirements for getting an emissions technician license

The rules for obtaining the license are governed by the Ada County Air Quality Board. In order to qualify to apply for the license, you must pass a written or oral Emissions Technician Qualification Test which covers:

  • Exhaust gas analyzer operation, including performance of a span gas procedure
  • Certain portions of the rules and regulations, which are available on the AQB website

You must also pass a performance test demonstrating competence in:

  • Visual inspection of emissions control equipment on vehicles 1984 model year and newer
  • Proper analyzer use, care, maintenance, and gas spanning
  • Conducting emissions testing
  • Properly using AIR Program forms

The application and the license will be issued by the Air Quality Board. Some inspection stations will pay for your training and certification, so be sure to ask about this possibility when applying for an emissions inspector job.

Inspector requalification

The AQB may require that Emissions Technicians update their qualifications. If this is the case, the AQB will notify you via your AIR Program Station.

How to become an emissions repair technician

In Idaho, vehicle owners may choose a repair shop of their own preference to repair any potential issues causing their vehicle to fail an inspection. If you wish to work on emissions repair, inquire with the shop you’re applying to in order to find out what qualifications they require. These may include ASE certification in emissions-related areas such as Engine Performance and Exhaust Systems. Having these ASE certificates is certainly a great way to increase your chances of being hired by a shop.

Canyon County

The Canyon County emissions program is administered by Applus Technologies, Inc. This company is a contractor which provides testing facilities, technician training, and other services to municipal and state governments in order to implement their smog/emissions inspection programs. Check with the county to find out what the requirements are for becoming a technician in this area.

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.


Next Step

Schedule Brake Pad Replacement

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Brake Pad Replacement. Yourmechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7 days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 10k cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Brake Pad Replacement reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Brake Pad Replacement Service

Average Rating

4.9/5

Number of Reviews

11,934

Rating Summary
11,399
340
70
35
90
11,399
340
70
35
90

Robert

11 years of experience
62 reviews
Robert
11 years of experience
Infiniti FX35 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Springfield, Virginia
Early arrival....great work....Thank you so much for your services...will be using and recommend you for sure to family n friends!!!! God bless you
Honda Odyssey - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Derwood, Maryland
Showed up on time (actually early!l Answered any questions I had. Completed service quicker than expected! Even helped with tire that had a slow leak.

Augustine

11 years of experience
37 reviews
Augustine
11 years of experience
Hyundai Accent - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Albuquerque, New Mexico
I had an appointment to have brakes/rotors done. Augustine is a very nice guy. Personable and polite! He came 30 minutes early for the appointment, and asked me if he could come early before he came. Top quality, will use him again for rear brakes/rotors in a few weeks.
Chevrolet Equinox - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Augustine was amazing. He was the perfect example of customer service all around. While he was working, I was recommending him to my neighbors. Next time I need work, I will be requesting Augustine specifically!!!!! Please give him a raise or bonus!!!

Chris

21 years of experience
1786 reviews
Chris
21 years of experience
Nissan Altima - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Mission Viejo, California
Chris is outstanding in all aspects. We always select him to service our vehicles. He's always prompt, friendly, and more importantly HE KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING! Thanks Chris!
Lexus SC430 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Laguna Niguel, California
Chris's delivered excellent service and arrived ahead of schedule. I would want to book Chriss for my next service appointment.

Christopher

9 years of experience
20 reviews
Christopher
9 years of experience
Kia Rondo - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Houston, Texas
Christopher is very knowledgeable about diagnosing the problem, repairing it, and discussing why it is important to fix it. I appreciate him letting me know what future maintenance is necessary. Christopher is very professional while having the ability to making the customer feel at ease. I am satisfied with his work.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE