LAS VEGAS, NV - Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) announced Dec. 5 that it has received certification from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for the company’s training programs. NGVi is the first and only ASE-certified CASE provider that specializes in training for the natural gas vehicle industry.

In late October, a National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) evaluation team visited NGVi’s corporate headquarters and performed a detailed on-site evaluation of the company’s training development process and curriculum, leading to the certification. To receive certification, training companies must go through a rigorous and extensive review of their training and student assessment methods, validity of the curriculum and material, administrative processes, and instructor qualifications. ASE CASE certification is administered by NATEF and assures the highest quality of training processes. Because of the stringent requirements, only about 50 U.S. companies have achieved this certification.

NGVi’s training programs deliver the most up-to-date information on a wide range of topics, including natural gas vehicle and technician safety, CNG fueling system inspections, CNG fueling station sizing, design, operation and maintenance, and overall NGV fleet management. They focus on the practical "how-to" procedures and industry best practices. NGVi’s curriculum is updated continuously, assuring that it contains the most recent developments and state-of-the-art practices in the respective subject area.

In its more than 23-year history, NGVi has equipped more than 16,000 employees with the skills they need to safely implement, operate, and maintain natural gas-powered vehicles and fueling stations. NGVi’s certified training processes prepare vehicle technicians, fleet operators, and any employees involved with maintaining or driving NGVs to perform these tasks safely and efficiently.