Safety Inspection Mechanic Certification Program

Basic Information

The Safety Inspector Certification Course is an evening program that provides classroom instruction, special category instruction, written examination, tool clinic, and tactile examination for each category needed to receive a state Safety Inspection Mechanic Certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  Course participants must be 18 years of age or older and possess a valid photo driver’s license. The $180 registration fee includes all coursework, an instruction manual, and one tactile (hands-on) examination.

Registrants are required to visit: to see updated bulletins regarding safety inspections.

The safety inspection schedule is as follows:

Night 1– Theory

Night 2– Theory

Night 3 – Theory and written exam

To qualify for the tactile exam participants must pass a Baseline Test with a score of 70% or higher, if the participant fails they must repeat the entire course at an additional cost.

Night 4 – Tool Clinic

Nights 5 & 6 – Tactile (Hands-on) Exam – Participants will be notified of the date and time to report for their tactile exam during the Tool Clinic portion of the course.


Theory class is offered for the following categories:

Category 1 –— Passenger cars/Trucks 17,000 pounds or less/trailers 10,000 pounds or less

Category 2 —- Motorcycles * need to have a current motorcycle license –NOT a permit

Category 3 — Trucks over 17,000 lbs./trailers over 10,000 pounds/buses.

*Upon successful completion of your Tactile Examination, your records will be forwarded to the PA Department of Transportation along with a recommendation for certification.

*** The PA Department of Transportation, NOT the Dauphin County Technical School issues this certification.  Following are the steps to getting your plastic, wallet-sized safety certification card.

Step 1: If you already have an account, log in to the training portal with your existing user ID and Password. If you don’t have an account, click on “Sign-Up” to set up a new account.

Step 2: Once logged in, click on the plus sign beside “New ID Card” to see if there is a new ID card(s) available.

Step 3: If you have already received a new Safety and/or Emissions ID card, the date(s) produced will be displayed. If there are card(s) available, continue to step 4.

Step 4: If there are cards available, click on the “order” button and follow the instructions to produce the card(s), and confirm/change the delivery address.

You should receive your Safety Inspection Identification Card within three (3) weeks.

Cost $180 (Price to increase in 2022) Cat 1 only

*You may register for  “add on” categories without having to register for the entire course if you have a current state inspection license.  There is a $40 charge for each add-on which will include two testing nights (written and tactile). You may also come to class on tool night to familiarize yourself with the tools if necessary. Note: You will be required to show your state inspection license and class space is limited and priority is given to full-course participants.

****If you are taking category 1 and wish to add a category it must be included on your application, no add-ons are permitted the first night of class.

Retake of a failed test is $40.

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

Exam Re-takes: $40 (By appointment only.  Call the Adult & Continuing Education office at (717) 652-3170 ext. 7902 or email

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 as well as the PA Safety Inspection Certification Class Regulations and Requirements Sheet.

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.


            5:30p – 9:30p

Sept. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2021    Closed

Oct. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2021    Closed

Nov. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 2021

Dec. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 2021

Jan. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2022

Feb. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 2022

Mar. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 2022

Apr. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13,  14, 2022

May 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 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, marking, or packaging to any controlled substance.