PA State Emissions Certification

 Basic Information

emissionsThe emissions class provides the Adult Learner with the coursework and testing needed to receive the Pennsylvania Emissions Inspector Certification.  This class consists of theory, demonstration on Dynamometer gas analyzing and OBDI equipment. Successful completion of this course and test qualifies the individual to inspect vehicles for emissions certification.

As of December 2003, every emissions inspection station must employ at least one certified emissions inspector.

Classes are given over a period of three evenings (Tues, Thurs, Tues) from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. the final evening will be a review and exam. The $160 registration fee includes all instruction as well as necessary hours of theory needed to take the Emissions exam.   Individuals are required to attend all three evenings.

*Additional requirement:  ALL registrants are required to register with the PA Training Portal run by Parsons at  (www.patrainingportal.comAT LEAST one full week prior to the class start date. An additional fee of $39.99 is required to register on the portal and obtain all student materials needed for the class as well as gaining access to the online exam.

Total combined emissions certification fee $200

**Do Not attempt to open the exam prior to taking the required theory hours or this will count as an attempt and a failed test. 

*In the event a passing exam score of 80% is not achieved in class, the individual may schedule their 2nd attempt with the Adult & Continuing Education Office. Testing is by appointment only (717-652-3170 ext 7902) or at hours are 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mon-Fri  Sept-May and Mon-Thurs June – August.

*Course enrollees must be 18 years of age or older and possess a valid driver’s license.

Inspection certification is valid for 2 years. You will then be required to take an online Re-Certification course to maintain your certification.


All registered Emissions Class applicants must produce their receipt from Parsons confirming that they have registered and have access to the test online the first night of class. 

Cost $160 (Price increase to $182 in 2022) 

Acceptable forms of payment:  Visa, MasterCard & American Express

Personal Pay: Credit/Debit or Money Order, or Cash

Company Pay: Company Credit Card or Company Check

*If mailing payment please address to the Adult & Continuing Education Office

Registration and fee deadline is at least one week prior to the first class.  Submission of an application alone does not guarantee a spot in the class.  *Individuals are not considered registered with DCTS until BOTH a payment is made AND a completed application with copy of driver’s license is submitted to the Adult & Continuing Education Office. You are also not fully registered for the Emissions course until you additionally register on the

Email application and copy of Driver’s License to: 

Checks should be made out to DCTS ADULT & CONTINUING EDUCATION and mailed to 6001 Locust Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17109 or call (717) 652-3170 ext. 7902 to make payment by credit card.


You MUST bring your valid driver’s license photo ID with you on the first night of class.

You MUST call prior to the first night of class to reschedule if you are not able to make the class. Failure to show for class will result in possible forfeiture of payment.

Tues., Thurs., Tues.

  • 5:30p – 9:30p (12 hrs)

Sept. 21, 23, 28, 2021   Closed

Oct. 19, 21, 26, 2021    Closed 

Nov. 16, 18, 23, 2021

Dec. 14, 16, 21, 2021

Jan. 18, 20, 25, 2022

Feb. 15, 17, 22, 2022

Mar. 15, 17, 22, 2022

Apr. 19, 21, 26, 2022

May 17, 19, 24, 2022

 Adult learners must be able to understand, speak, read, and write the English language. 

  Space is limited so sign up early to confirm your seat.


*Due to safety considerations, no one under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be permitted to attend class or be on the premises of Dauphin County Technical School property. It is the discretion of the instructor in making any and all determination and identification of individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This may include prescription drugs if, in the opinion of the instructor the drugs impair the judgment of the participant. Copies of the DCTS Use of Tobacco Policy #222  and Drug and Alcohol Policy # 227 are listed below.

***Your signature is required on the registration form to indicate that you have read, understand, and will abide by these policies.


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The Joint Operating Committee recognizes that tobacco, nicotine and nicotine delivery products present a health and safety hazard that can have serious consequences for both users and nonusers and the safety and environment of the school. For purposes of this policy, tobacco includes a lighted or unlighted cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, little cigar, pipe or other smoking product or material and smokeless tobacco in any form including chewing tobacco, snuff, dip or dissolvable tobacco pieces.[1] For purposes of this policy, nicotine shall mean a product that contains or consists of nicotine in a form that can be ingested by chewing, smoking, inhaling or through other means. For purposes of this policy, a nicotine delivery product shall mean a product or device used, intended for use or designed for the purpose of ingesting nicotine or another substance. This definition includes, but is not limited to, any device or associated product used for what is commonly referred to as vaping or juuling.

It is the goal of the Dauphin County Technical School to maintain a drug-free and alcohol-free school environment. In order to further this goal, the Alcohol, Drugs and Controlled Substances Policy No. 227. A student shall not possess, use, transmit, deliver, sell or be under the influence of any controlled substance. Controlled substances shall be defined as: A. All dangerous controlled substances prohibited by law within the meaning of the Controlled Substance, Drug Device and Cosmetic Act as amended. B. All over-the-counter medications. C. All alcoholic beverages. D. Any anabolic steroids. E. Any synthetic compound, or any herbal substance sold as an incense, bath salts or smoking material that mimics the effects of marijuana. F. Any drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia includes equipment, apparatus, and/or gear generally associated with the use/abuse of alcohol, narcotic drugs, and mood-altering chemicals. Examples may include items such as “pot pipes,” cigarette-rolling papers, roach clips, weighing scales, and any other device used to measure, inject, inhale, ingest, package, deliver or facilitate the use, sale or distribution of a controlled substance. G. All legal or illegal hemp products. H. Volatile solvents or inhalants to include glue and aerosol propellants. I. Any prescription, patent drug, caffeine pills/capsules, epinephrine or other stimulants except those for which permission for use in school has been granted pursuant to Joint Operating Committee Policy. J. Any look-a-like substance that resembles any item above including any non-controlled substance that in its overall finished dosage appearance is substantially similar in size, shape, color, markings or packaging to any controlled substance.