Certification

The ATRA certification program is a complete educational curriculum. It not only includes all the courses, study guides, and tests necessary to complete the certifications, it's also filled with all the background information you need to take your place as a leader in the automatic transmission repair industry.

ATRA certifications are available exclusively to ATRA Members.


Choose the certification you'd like to earn first, and select a course that applies to that certification. Not all courses apply to each certification and several cross over from one certification to the next.
Use the study guide to prepare for the certification test. Once you’ve passed the test, move on to the next course and study guide, until you've earned your certification.
Each certification consists of multiple individual courses: the Diagnostician Certification requires passing eight courses, the Rebuilder Certification requires four courses, and the Chassis Certification requires five courses. If you choose to earn your Master Certification and have passed all 11 individual tests, you're ready to climb to the pinnacle of the industry by taking the final master's course and test.

Our objectives are to:
  • Provide you with the training you need to diagnose and repair today's vehicles and to determine the cause of customers' problems.
  • Raise your level of competence through education.
  • Award recognition for your achievement.
  • Demonstrate the highest standards to the motoring public.

Certification Information

Rebuilder Specialty Certification
To be an ATRA Certified Rebuilder, you'll need a thorough understanding of the transmission's hydraulic operation and the mechanical aspects that make it work. You'll need to understand electrical systems and be familiar with rebuild techniques. It's a big job, but displaying an ATRA Rebuilder's Certification is a big responsibility. And, once you've earned your ATRA Rebuilder's Certification, you'll be ready to tackle any transmission that hits your bench.

This certification includes study guides, webinars, and tests required to complete your certification for:
  • E1 - Fundamentals of Electricity
  • H1 - Hydraulics
  • TM1 - Transmission Mechanical
  • RT1 - Rebuilding the Transmission
Chasis Technician Specialty Certification
Today's chassis technicians are so much more than just someone who can pull a transmission or pop it back in. You need a clear understanding of basic electrical systems and a familiarity with the components that relate to it.

Even more important, you need a clear understanding of the safety procedures for working on today's cars. And, if you're going to work on today's hybrids, there's a whole series of unique safety precautions you need to be familiar with, too.

This certification includes online study guides, webinars, and tests required to complete your certification for:
  • E1 - Fundamentals of Electricity
  • HS1 - Hybrid Safety
  • SS1 - Shop Safety
  • SC1 - Starting / Charging
  • R1 - Removing the Transmission
Diagnostician Technician Specialty Certification
These days there's no one more important in a transmission repair shop than the diagnostic technician. An accurate diagnosis makes the entire job easier and more profitable; without it, and you're just throwing money at the car, hoping something will stick.

As a diagnostician, you need to be versed in every level of electrical operation, and you need a clear understanding of computer systems and driveability diagnosis. You need to know more than just what to check; you need a clear understanding of how things work.

ATRA's diagnostic certification includes online study guides, webinars, and tests required to complete your certification for:
  • E1 - Fundamentals of Electricity
  • H1 - Hydraulics
  • TM1 - Transmission Mechanical
  • GD1 - General Diagnostics
  • HS1 - Hybrid Safety
  • SC1 - Starting / Charging
  • D1 - Driveability
  • AE1 - Advanced Electrical
Master Certification
The Master Technician Certification is the highest — and most respected — certification ATRA offers. It includes all three specialty certifications, plus the additional 11 courses and tests required for the Master's Certification.

Once you pass ATRA's Master Certification Test, you'll be able to claim your prize as leader in the transmission world. We'll provide you with an exquisite wooden plaque to hang on your office wall and a professionally crafted press release to send to your local newspaper.

This certification includes online study guides, webinars, and tests required to complete your certification for:
  • E1 - Fundamentals of Electricity
  • H1 - Hydraulics
  • TM1 - Transmission Mechanical
  • GD1 - General Diagnostics
  • HS1 - Hybrid Safety
  • SC1 - Starting / Charging
  • D1 - Driveability
  • AE1 - Advanced Electrical
  • SS1 - Shop Safety
  • R1 - Removing the Transmission
  • RT1 - Rebuilding the Transmission
  • MT1 - Master Final Test
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