Program Overview


Excel Automotive Institute is the only nonprofit organization providing automotive technician training in the District of Columbia, as well as the only NATEF-certified training provider. This means that Excel is the only facility in the District equipped to graduate fully-accredited automotive technicians, immediately ready for employment upon passing their exam. Six months after graduation, nearly 75% of alumni and alumnae find gainful employment in the high-demand, high-paying field of automotive technology.

Goal: Our goal is to prepare students for productive careers. Excel trains the underemployed and unemployed, who may have a High School Diploma or GED, but no workforce training, for jobs in the high-demand, high-paying, middle-skill field of automotive technology.

Program Schedule

Classes are scheduled during the day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday.


Excel’s full-time instructors are Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified Master Automobile Technicians and our adjunct instructors must be ASE certified in a minimum of four (4) ASE areas and ASE certified in the area which they are providing training.


Excel uses ASE certified curriculum that provides the student with strong analytical skills as well as mathematics, reading, computer, and communication skills. Our curriculum supports students who are seeking Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) and Automotive Service Technician (AST) NATEF approved certification programs.


Excel utilizes state of the art diagnostic tools that are used by professional automotive technicians.

Method of Instruction

Excel’s Automotive Technology program is intensive training, using a blended learning method:  classroom instruction, computer reinforced, and hands-on.


Excel’s automotive shop lab mirrors a typical auto repair shop environment


Students who successfully complete their program of study will receive a Certificate of Completion.


Excel's curriculum meets or exceeds the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation's (NATEF) standards as a condition of certification. The Excel Automotive Institute is certified to train students in accordance with the NATEF 2013 Automobile Accreditation Model:  “Maintenance & Light Repair” (MLR) and "Automobile Service Technology” (AST).

Job Prospects & Expected Salary

Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employers report that they are having difficulty finding workers with the right skills and education for the jobs they have available.  Job opportunities for those candidates with post-secondary training are very good. Jobs for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics are expected to grow by 9% from 2012 to 2022.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median average wage for entry level Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics is $36,610.