Automotive Safety Inspector (Maryland), Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

Maryland Safety Inspectors work in an automotive repair or service facility. They inspect and monitor transportation equipment, vehicles or systems to ensure compliance with state regulations and safety standards. Automotive technicians can get multiple certifications and become master technicians or world-class technicians. Technicians can also become supervisors, owners, inspectors and instructors.​

CCBC offers two classes to help experienced automotive technicians prepare for Maryland's written and hands-on safety inspection exams. These classes are not required for the exam, but are offered to help technicians prepare for the exams.​

Skills for success include high work ethic, attention to detail, ability to work with heavy machinery, and mechanical aptitude.​

Career Outlook - According to the U.S. Department of Labor, overall employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to decline 2% from 2020 to 2030 in Maryland.  Projected annual job openings in Maryland are 1,240.  Additional career information may be found in Career Coach: .

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. prepare to pass the Maryland Vehicle Safety Inspection Written and Hands-on Tests,
2. use the Code of Maryland Regulations handbook to find information, and
3. properly perform the administrative duties of a safety inspector.

CCBC Pathway

Business Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credential

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). 

Certifying Organization:

Maryland State Police Automotive Safety Enforcement Division

Students will be prepared to apply to take the state exam to become a Maryland Safety Inspector.

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Program Length

3 days

Courses are usually offered on Saturdays at CCBC Catonsville.

Program Requirements

Students must be experienced automotive technicians to register for classes.

This program is not eligible for Baltimore County Public Schools Blueprint funding

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Preparation for MD State Safety Inspection Test


Textbook provided in class.




Maryland State Inspection Hands-On Test Preparation


Textbook provided in class.



Course Series Totals:   22  




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Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator: Larry Kovacs | | 443-849-4171 | Catonsville | BESS 100K

Administrative Assistant: TBA