NBB’s Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians training program earns ASE accreditation

By NBB | January 18, 2012

The National Biodiesel Board’s Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians training program has taken a huge leap forward in becoming the nation’s first Automotive Service Excellence accredited program for supplying biodiesel education to diesel mechanics. The program is designed to educate diesel automotive instructors, service technicians, and OEM representatives nationwide about biodiesel and biodiesel blends.

The National Automotive Technician Education Foundation officially granted the coveted blue ASE accreditation seal for the program and certified NBB as an official ASE certified training provider. NATEF is the body responsible for accrediting diesel technical schools and training curriculums nationwide. 

“NBB had the foresight to recognize that educating diesel technicians early is critical to its mission of increasing public acceptance of biodiesel, a relatively new fuel,” says Rachel Burton, a diesel technician trainer for the NBB program. “Knowledge is power.”  

Over the past two years, the NBB has worked with several national technical schools on the program, such as Universal Technical Institute and Lincoln Tech, as well as community colleges in Iowa through a partnership with the Iowa Biodiesel Board.  

The NBB Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians curriculum provides technically sound information to mechanics and helps prevent the spread of false rumors about using biodiesel blends, which have stringent ASTM specifications and are supported by virtually every engine manufacturer in the U.S. Informed technicians can better assist their customers who are using or considering using biodiesel blends.

“The amount of technically sound information on biodiesel is second to none,” said Kyle Anderson, NBB’s technical project manager. “Diesel technicians that have gone through the program are amazed at the level of good data that is available.”

With the program now ASE-certified, attendees can receive Continuing Education Units, which many employers require.

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