Programs And Courses

Automotive Service Advisor: Certificate  (4206)

Does the idea of working in a rapidly changing field in which you must continually keep up with new technology interest you? Are you outgoing and enjoy interacting with public? If so, a career in the automotive service industry may be for you! Today’s vehicles are integrated with electronic systems and complex emissions controls that regulate every part of a vehicle and technicians must have an increasingly broad knowledge of how these systems work and interact with each other.  Let our Automotive Service Advisor Certificate be YOUR starting point.

What can I do with this in the workforce?  

After graduating from our certificate, you will be ready to work in the automotive industry in areas such as Parts, Service, Management, and/or Customer Relations.

Our program may be ideal if you:

  • Enjoy working on cars and are good with your hands
  • Describe yourself as mechanically inclined
  • Are outgoing and communicate well with others
  • Enjoy ever-changing technology and solving problems
  • Have interest in career development and/or moving into management

What is the average salary?

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What is HACC’s program like?

Our certificate provides you with a both automotive technical background with valuable customer service  and soft-skills needed to be competitive. Coursework includes the opportunity for you to complete PA Safety Inspector and PA Emissions Inspector programs, as well as business, shop management, professional selling, public speaking, and valuable customer service and management skills. 

Our selective program is ideal for high school graduates, career and technical graduates and individuals working in the industry. Since the program is selective, your admission into the College does not guarantee you’ll be enrolled into this program.

You must meet specific requirements for this program, such as earn a passing grade on a mechanical aptitude test and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.

After graduating from our program, you will be able to: 

  • Complete the Pennsylvania State Emissions Inspector and Safety Inspection License examinations
  • Work as a service advisor in automotive repair facilities or dealerships

Federal regulations require that the College disclose specific gainful employment information about our program. This certificate is new fpr Fall 18 and, therefore, will not have a disclosure template available until the next scheduled release in 2020.


What classes will I take?

  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.

Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

Our certificate program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce. However, if you wish to continue your education, we encourage you to enroll in our associate degree in industrial technology. We can prepare you for a management position in the field.

When you complete your associate degree, you can continue and transfer credits to a four-year school.


Where can I complete this program?

You can complete the entire program at our Harrisburg and York campuses.


Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, there are scholarships available. Please visit for details and deadlines.


When can I apply?

We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall, and you can apply anytime by visiting our website to submit your application. Please include program code 4206 with your application. This code ensures you’re applying to the correct program.


How can I learn more?

Whether you have questions about the requirements of this program or want to schedule an appointment, please contact an admissions counselor or department chair Kelley Engle. You may also request more information online.