The Advisory Board will offer technical guidance to the DPOR Director in administering a voluntary certification program for natural gas automobile mechanics and technicians. The 2014 General Assembly created the new regulatory program to certify qualified individuals who offer services related to the repair, conversion, or maintenance of motor vehicles fueled by natural gas.
Initial regulations to establish the Advisory Board, entry and renewal requirements for certification, and professional standards of conduct become effective July 1, 2016.
Applicants must read and understand the Regulations for Natural Gas Motor Vehicle Mechanics and Technicians. Application fees are not refundable.
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The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall provides access to DPOR board meeting schedules, agenda, and past meeting minutes.
NOTE: DPOR Advisory Boards (e.g., NG Auto Mechanics & Technicians; Boxing, Martial Arts & Pro Wrestling; and Polygraph Examiners) are grouped under one listing on the Town Hall website.
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Certification is a voluntary form of professional regulation established by the legislature. Any person may perform the services offered by a natural gas automobile mechanic or technician, but only those individuals who obtain the state credential can hold themselves out as a "certified" professional. Certified natural gas automobile mechanics and technicians must meet experience, education, and/or examination requirements that demonstrate minimum competency.
Certification is different from a licensure program, which legally prohibits the practice of a designated profession or occupation without the state-issued credential.
You may reach us by phone at 804-367-2785, by FAX at (866) 430-1033, or by e-mail at CNGMech@dpor.virginia.gov. Additionally, if you have information that you would like to mail to the Advisory Board, please send it to:
Natural Gas Auto Mechanics & Technicians Advisory BoardDepartment of Professional and Occupational Regulation9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400Richmond, VA 23233
Advisory Board members do not work in the Board office. They come into the Board offices for meetings, but are not here on a daily basis. Board office staff members can answer your questions and are trained to process all information that comes into the Board office. Please do not contact Board members directly.
Many DPOR programs allow you to update your ADDRESS using Online Services, so login to your personal profile to see if this is an option for your license type. The alternative is to complete, print, sign, and submit an Address Change Form to the Board office by mail. Unless updated online, all Address Change Forms must be received by the Board in writing. When providing a post office box as the mailing address, it must be accompanied by the physical address.
To report a NAME CHANGE: complete, print, sign, and submit a Name Change Form to the Board office. All name changes must be received by the Board in writing. Individual name change requests must be accompanied by a copy of a marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order, or other official documentation that verifies the name change.
Eric L. Olson
All members must be residents of Virginia and are appointed by the DPOR Director to serve four-year terms. Submit a cover letter and resume to the Advisory Board Executive Director by email or regular mail: DPOR, 9960 Mayland Drive, Richmond, Virginia, 23233.
Board Member Roster
Advisory Board members are appointed by the DPOR Director.
DPOR stands ready to assist veterans and active-duty military personnel as they maintain or transition to civilian careers requiring professional credentials.
Active-duty military personnel and their spouses having served outside the U.S., as well as certain diplomatic service members and veterans, may be eligible to receive up to a five-year extension for meeting license renewal requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-117 of the Code of Virginia).
Spouses of active-duty military personnel assigned to a duty station in Virginia are eligible for expedited processing using the Military Spouse Expedited License Application (PDF). A temporary, non-renewable 12-month license for certain military spouses licensed in another state who need more time to meet Virginia-specific requirements is also an option if necessary. [Section 54.1-119]
For honorably discharged veterans, “substantially equivalent” military training, education, or experience may be credited toward certain license requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-118). In addition, the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs may reimburse veterans for the cost of license or certification exams. See the VA Pamphlet 22-02-1 for more information.
please contact us in writing or via telephone and we will work with you to make the information available.