Saturday, November 5th, 2016 NAFTC Updates

Training Roundup

In the past few weeks, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) hosted a propane autogas training and branched out to promote alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) safety training to new audiences.

The NAFTC hosted a Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training on October 18-20 at Lawson State Community College, in partnership with Alabama Clean Fuels.

The training was the final session for this course in 2016 made possible through funding from the Propane Education and Research Council. Throughout the year, the NAFTC has hosted propane trainings in Fort Valley, GA; Oklahoma City, OK; Lebanon, OR; Asheville, NC; Lima, OH; New Hudson, MI; and Bessemer, AL.

The propane autogas training gives automotive service technicians an in-depth look at servicing and maintaining propane-autogas-powered vehicles. The NAFTC launched the course to help fill a need for qualified technicians who can adapt, service, and maintain the alternative fuel systems.

The NAFTC has begun to promote the upcoming online AFV training for automotive recycling and towing and roadside assistance at industry conferences. The NAFTC hosted displays at two Baltimore conferences: the Automotive Recyclers’ Association Conference and Expo on October 26-29 and the American Towman Exposition, on November 18-20.

Participants in the training will learn important practices needed to safely recycle, tow and provide roadside assistance services for AFVs. Training topics include key vehicle and fuel pr properties and characteristics, vehicle components, vehicle identification and recommended procedures.

NAFTC Director Bill Davis commented, “The new towing and automotive recycling materials will allow the NAFTC to reach new audiences that will certainly come into contact with AFVs through their work. With so many AFVs on roads today, it is a given that some of these vehicles will be involved in accidents or reach the end of their lifespan. Until recently not much thought was given to how towing companies and automotive recyclers would deal with these vehicles. The AFV training for automotive recycling and towing and roadside assistance will show these audiences proper safety procedures for working with AFVs.”

This training is currently in development and will be available in spring 2017.

In the next few weeks, the NAFTC will announce the spring 2017 training schedule. Check the NAFTC website for updates.