PA Safety Inspection Mechanic

Individuals who are at least 18 years of age and hold a valid driver’s license can make application to this program which prepares the student to become a Certified PA Safety Inspection Mechanic in 1, 2, or 3 categories. It is recommended that applicants have an understanding of basic auto mechanics, including brakes and alignment, to succeed in this program. A valid driver’s license is required.  Classes consist of four (4) four-hour group sessions. The tactile test is administered individually within 30 days of the last class. The class tuition of $190.00 includes classroom instruction, book fee and tools class.

The following additional fees will be applied for each category tested:

  • $40 Category 1 (Passenger cars/trucks 17,000 lbs or less/trailers 10,000 lbs or less)
  • $40 Category 2 Motorcycles (must hold a valid Motorcycle license)
  • $80 Category 3 (Buses/trucks over 17,000 lbs/trailers over 10,000 lbs)

Click here to view class schedules. Register early as courses fill up quickly. To expedite your registration, call 610-743-7630 to register and pay by phone.  Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. If you prefer to mail in your registration, checks should be made payable to Berks Career & Technology Center.

In order to be registered for the course, payment must be made in full and a completed MV 409 must be received prior to the first night of class.  Visit PennDOT’s website to view a copy of Publication 45 Vehicle Equipment and Inspection Regulations Manual. The printed manual will be provided to you on the first night of class. Thank you for choosing BCTC for your training needs.


PA Vehicle Emissions Inspector – Certification

This training program is mandated by the PA Department of Transportation for all inspectors and automotive repair technicians. Click here to obtain the MV501 application.

8 Hours (2 classes) are required.
Course Fee: $80 Retest Fee: $20

*An additional fee of $39.99 for study materials and exams, must be paid to PennDOT via their website,, a minimum of 3 days prior to the beginning of class


PA Enhanced Vehicle Safety Inspection Certification (CAT 4)

Category 4 encompasses the Enhanced Vehicle Safety Inspector (EVSI) and Certified Document Reviewer (CDR) designations for state-approved vehicle inspection locations. This includes new procedures and requirements for the inspection and titling of vehicles requiring a branded title (re-constrcuted, specially constructed, modified, flood, recovered theft, collectible vehicles and street rods.) This course includes review and testing to become either an Enhanced Vehicle Safety Inspector(EVSI) or a Certified Document Reviewer (CDR).

Students must come prepared by reading the self-study manual prior to class. The Pub 645 manual is available for download at PennDOT’s website.
The completed MV409S application must be received prior to the night of class.

Click here to view current class schedules.