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Become a Certified Inspector


Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation:

All inspector training classes, including certifications, recertifications, and retests, have been suspended until further notice.

We are not scheduling future inspector training classes at this time, so there is no need to email the industry team with scheduling requests until further notice.

For inspector recertifications, administrative extensions will be applied to all inspectors that have submitted a timely application and/or have a class already scheduled.  

Learn more.

Please check the program website for important announcements, such as the pending restart date(s) of inspector training and the re-opening of scheduling requests, which is pending recommendations from state and federal agencies.


Certified Vehicle Emissions Inspector

State law, O.C.G.A. Section 12-9, sets the requirements for inspector certification. Georgia’s I/M Rule, Chapter 391-3-20-11, entitled “Inspector Qualifications and Certifications,” details the requirements in part provided below, for individuals who are interested in becoming certified Georgia emissions inspectors.

  • Submit a complete Inspector Certification Application and provide one of the following acceptable forms of identification:
    • Driver’s license/state ID
    • Voter’s ID card
    • Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state
    • U.S. passport ID
    • Tribal photo ID
  • Register and attend a two-day training course held at a Georgia’s Clean Air Force (GCAF) training center, located in GCAF North and GCAF Central.
  • Pass a written examination with a score of 80 percent or better and complete the equipment training segment (included in the two-day course).
    • Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an inspector ID badge and wall certificate, valid for two (2) years.
    • Passing students will receive certificates and photo identification cards in the mail at their home address within 10 business days after the end of inspector certification.
    • Students will receive notice of their test failure within two (2) business days from GCAF so they can schedule a re-test.
  • If a student fails to attend his or her scheduled inspector training class for an unexcused reason, he or she must wait 90 days to reschedule. View the training no-show policy.

Inspector Responsibilities

Emissions inspectors play an important role in identifying heavy polluting vehicles. The goal of Georgia’s I/M Program is to ensure the vehicles you inspect meet set criteria for the pollutants they emit. Meeting these criteria helps improve our air quality. The I/M program rules include specific procedures for conducting emissions inspections. Failing to adhere to these procedures can result in violations, penalties or revocation of the inspector license.

Download the Inspector Training Manual

Download the Inspection Equipment Hands-On Training Manual

Download the Online Inspector Practice Exam