Flathead Valley Community College has been approved as a test site for Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification through the Emergency Vehicle Technician Certification Commission, Inc. (EVTCC), and will offer the first testing opportunities this summer.
EVTCC is dedicated to improving the quality of emergency vehicle service and repair throughout the US and Canada. The primary function of EVT is to test and certify emergency vehicle technicians. FVCC will test for four different technician tracks including Fire Apparatus, Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Vehicle, Ambulance, Law Enforcement Vehicle, as well as testing for a Management certification.
FVCC Executive Director, Economic Development and Continuing Education Susie Burch said the college is providing these testing opportunities in response to a community need.
“Currently, technicians must travel to Belgrade, Spokane or Boise to sit for exams,” said Burch. “We are pleased to make this valuable resource more readily accessible to our local employers and technicians.”
EVT requires re-certification every five years. Participants can take individual tests or, in conjunction with specific ASE exams, can reach a master’s level certification. EVT also sponsors training seminars and trade shows throughout the US.
FVCC will offer two opportunities to obtain certification, the first on June 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the second on October 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each of these class periods will allow time to complete two regular exams or up to six recertification exams.
Participants must be registered 21 days prior to the test date. There are no pre-requisites to register for an exam. The cost for regular exams is $50 each and $30 each for recertification exams. Registration information and learning materials are available on the EVT website at www.evtcc.org. All testing will take place in room 202 inside the Arts and Technology building on the FVCC campus.
The new EVT offerings are complementary to the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams currently offered at FVCC in April and May. ASE’s primary function is to test and certify automobile technicians and truck technicians. These tests measure diagnostic and repair knowledge in various technical areas. Additional information is available at www.ase.com.
For more information contact Gail Whitney at 406-756-3909.