Courses & Workshops

The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) is the only nationwide alternative fuel vehicle and advanced technology vehicle training organization in the United States. The NAFTC develops curricula and disseminates training about alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, and advanced technology vehicle education. All courses and workshops can be customized to fit audience needs.

NAFTC courses and workshops are offered in both traditional classroom and online learning formats. Participants learn by using educational discussions, videos, and assessments as well as lab and shop activities. Participants of the NAFTC training receive access to state-of-the art curricula, unsurpassed train-the-trainer courses and workshops, timely instructor updates, and professional development training. As a result, participants of the training are on the leading edge of alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, and advanced technology vehicle education.

Below is a comprehensive list of the training available from the NAFTC. To view the list of trainings currently open for registration, visit the Training Schedule.

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INTRODUCTION TO ALTERNATIVE FUELS


 

Clean Air and Energy Independence:
An Overview of Alternative Fuels and Advanced Technology Vehicles

The rapid increase in fuel prices, coupled with concerns for the environment and air quality, have led many Americans to seek information about alternatives to gasoline, diesel fuel, and other petroleum-based products. This course has no prerequisites and is open to the general public.

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Introduction to Alternative Fuels and Advanced Technology Vehicles

This workshop is an introduction to alternative fuels and vehicles containing advanced technologies. The training covers motor vehicle air pollution, U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and alternative fueling options. This course has no prerequisites and is open to the general public.

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Alternative Fuels Vehicle Driver Training

This training is currently in development.

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Petroleum Reduction Technologies

Petroleum Reduction Technologies (PRT) is aimed at reducing petroleum consumption and its effects on the economy, health, and the environment. This course is designed specifically to raise awareness and foster a greater understanding of alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, advanced vehicle technologies, petroleum reduction technologies, fuel economy, idle reduction, and related technologies. The material in this course highlights six alternative fuels and two technologies and strategies that can help reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

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ELECTRIC DRIVE


 

Introduction to Battery-Powered Electric Vehicles

This workshop explains the technology, components, safety considerations, and environmental impact of battery-powered electric vehicles.

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Introduction to Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

This workshop examines several configurations, technical approaches, safety, and operational considerations of hybrid-electric vehicles.

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A Basic Understanding of Battery-Electric and Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

With the growing interest in vehicles powered by electricity, this course provides a basic understanding of the history, technology, and application of battery-electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. This course is designed for experienced automotive technicians, fleet managers, and students studying automotive technology (or similar fields).

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Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training (Post-secondary)

This course instructs trainers, pre-service and in-service technicians, fleet managers, and other interested participants in the fundamentals, system design, diagnostic considerations, and special service topics of HEVs, BEVs, PHEVs, and FCEVs. The course covers appropriate safety measures for maintaining electric drive vehicles and describes their electric propulsion systems including construction, operation, control strategies, service tools, scan tool data, and basic diagnostic fundamentals. The Automotive Technician Training is based on an intermediate technician level and will give participants the knowledge to diagnose and repair electric drive vehicles.

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Electric Drive Vehicle Career and Technical Education Training (Secondary)

This training provides classroom materials and an online course related to BEVs, HEVs, PHEVs, FCEVs, and EREVs so career and technical schools can incorporate information and real-world examples related to advanced electric drive vehicles into the automotive technology curriculum. It also offers secondary school professional development for career and technical teachers and administrators to gain a better understanding of advanced electric drive vehicles and incorporate these new technologies into their programs.

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Electric Drive Vehicle Infrastructure Training

This course will provide the necessary information that consumers, installers, and utilities need to better handle the task of installing the appropriate equipment for residential, public, and fleet customers using electric drive vehicles. The course will discuss the safety codes governing EV charging equipment, electrical requirements, and equipment options. It will also detail the electrical and building code requirements that apply to installers and users of electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), as well as the special needs of the different classes of EV users; homeowners (including multi-family residences), fleet facilities, and public access and commercial charging facilities. This training will be available in 2013.

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HYDROGEN & FUEL CELLS


 

Introduction to Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles

In its gaseous form, hydrogen can be used to fuel an internal combustion engine, much as natural gas and propane are used today. This workshop examines the nature and properties of hydrogen, its safety as a motor fuel, the infrastructure that will support it, and the basic components and technology of a hydrogen-powered vehicle.

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Introduction to Fuel Cells and Fuel Cell Vehicles

This workshop looks at the anatomy and functioning of a fuel cell, the nature of hydrogen as a fuel, the components and technology of a vehicle powered by fuel cells, and safety considerations.

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NATURAL GAS & PROPANE


 

Introduction to Natural Gas Vehicles

This workshop looks at the pros and cons of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), the types of vehicles that use natural gas, and the infrastructure needed to increase wide-spread adoption.

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Introduction to Propane Vehicles

Propane or LP (liquefied petroleum) gas is available in virtually every community in the United States. Propane has been used as a vehicle fuel for many years. This workshop looks at the components of a propane-powered vehicle, the sources and distribution of propane, and the future of this alternative fuel.

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Liquefied Natural Gas Vehicles

Get “hands-on” experience from laboratory activities – Many large vehicle fleets use LNG as the most efficient way to carry an alternative fuel on-board the vehicle. This three-and-a-half-day hands-on course for the experienced technician or student focuses on LNG sources, distribution, application, and systems.

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Propane Vehicle Training

Learn practical skills in actual shop environments – Propane-powered vehicles present special challenges to the automotive technician. This two-day hands-on course includes an overview of propane (LP gas) technology, components, and systems.

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Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles

Get “hands-on” experience from laboratory activities – Several auto manufacturers make natural gas-powered vehicles available to the consumer today. The need for qualified technicians to service and maintain these vehicles is growing rapidly. This three-and-a-half-day hands-on course is designed for the professional technician or automotive student and will teach you safety, service procedures, vehicle systems, and the nature of gaseous fuels.

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Heavy-Duty Gaseous Fuel Applications

Get “hands-on” experience from laboratory activities – Adoption of gaseous fuels (CNG, LNG, and propane) in heavy-duty vehicles is a popular emissions-reduction strategy. This three-day hands-on course for the technician/student will give you experience working with gaseous fuels, components, and systems.

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Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel System Inspector

Learn practical skills in actual shop environmentsCNG vehicle cylinders should be inspected every three years or 36,000 miles. In this two-day hands-on course you will learn how to properly examine the various types of CNG cylinders and installations.

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Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Conversion

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BIODIESEL & ETHANOL


 

Overview of Biodiesel

Learn practical skills in actual shop environments – Any diesel engine on the road today can use biodiesel fuel. This two-day course, designed for those seriously interested about biodiesel fuel, will describe engine systems, biodiesel blends, and biodiesel production. The ASTM D6751 standards will be discussed in great detail, as will the benefits and drawbacks of biodiesel technology. When taught at selected locations, this course also includes a demonstration of fuel-making equipment.

The Overview of Biodiesel course was honored in 2007 with a Training Excellence Award from the Automotive Training Managers Council.

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Introduction to Biodiesel Vehicles

Any diesel engine in use today can run on biodiesel—a fuel made from domestic agricultural products. Blends of petroleum-based diesel and biodiesel are sold almost everywhere today. This workshop examines the sources, nature, uses, safety, and environmental impact of using biodiesel.

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Introduction to Ethanol Vehicles

Ethanol (grain alcohol) has been used for many centuries. This technology is of great interest today as we strive for cleaner air and independence from foreign sources of energy. This workshop looks at the nature of this renewable fuel, its history, how it is made, and how it can be used as a transportation fuel.

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FIRST RESPONDER


 

Alternative Fuel Vehicle First Responder Safety Training

The scene of a vehicle accident is often chaotic, and first responders must work within the constraints of a critical time frame to ensure their safety and the safety of accident vehicle occupants. When an accident involves an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV), first responders must achieve balance between speed and caution because many potential hazards are present. This training equips first responders with the knowledge they need to confront a growing number of automotive accidents involving AFVs.

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Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training

This course will equip firefighters with the knowledge they need to safely respond to automotive incidents involving electric drive vehicles. Participants will learn about different electric drive vehicle configurations and their built-in safety systems, how to identify an electric drive vehicle at an accident scene, battery technologies, electric vehicle systems, and how to approach, assess, and secure electric drive vehicles.

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FLEET APPLICATIONS


 

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FUEL ECONOMY & IDLE REDUCTION


 

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