In the state of Utah, having an emissions test is a requirement for many vehicles whether they are original registrations or they are registration renewals. Because of the sheer number of vehicles that need to have smog testing each year, there are often automotive technician jobs in this category. Of course, you need to first make sure that you have proper training and certification to work as a smog technician.

Those who have become certified smog technicians will find that it has the potential to increase their employability, as they have more job options available. In addition, some may want to have the garage they own certified as a smog testing site and/or a repair site for vehicles that are unable to pass their smog test.

Preparation for the exam

Those who want to become certified smog technicians so they can expand the number of automotive technician jobs for which they are qualified will need to do more than just get training for the exam. They also need to make sure they study and prepare for the exam properly. By preparing properly, it will increase the chance of passing the test.

Always read through study materials provided by the training center or school and take notes. One of the benefits of taking notes is that when you put something in writing, it has the potential to help you committed to memory far easier. You may want to get together with others who are going to be taking the test to become certified smog technicians in Utah as well, and study together. In general, it is a good idea to study for periods of 45 minutes to one hour at a time. Studying for longer than this could be problematic, as it is difficult to concentrate. When it comes time to take the test and get the certification, go slow with the test and read through all of the questions thoroughly. If you have study properly, then you should not have any problem passing the exam and getting your certification.

Emissions requirements in parts of Utah

Emissions tests are required and mandatory for all vehicles locally registered in four separate Utah counties. They include Salt Lake City County, Utah County, Davis County, and Weber County. It is required to have an emissions test each year for vehicles that are six years or older, and drivers need to have vehicles tested every two years if they are less than six years old.

Any car, truck, motorhome, or RV will require an emissions test if it is a 1968 model or newer and it is mainly driven in the above-mentioned counties. The emissions tests are good for 180 days for original vehicle registration and for 60 days for a registration renewal. If a renewal has been suspended, then the driver is going to need to have a valid emissions test to get the vehicle back on the road.

While there are certainly a number of vehicles that will need to have emissions tests, which can keep certified smog technicians busy, it is important to note that some vehicles are exempt from emissions testing. Vehicles that are exempt include brand-new vehicles, motorcycles, and models that are 1967 or older. In addition, if the vehicle was bought in a county other than those mentioned earlier and has a copy of Form TC-820 (Exemption Affidavit for Utah Emission Testing), then it is exempt.

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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Get Smog Technician Certified in Utah and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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