NATEF Introduces Guide for New Automotive Instructors

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The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) has developed an online guide for automotive technicians who want to become automotive instructors.

The guide covers such teaching topics as lesson planning, lesson delivery, student assessment and useful resources for new instructors.

The NATEF New Instructor Guide, which is available free to all instructors, was developed through a grant from Ingersoll Rand plc.

NATEF says it created the guide to help new automotive instructors be more successful in making the transition from doing to teaching. It is also a resource for instructors already in the field. The NATEF New Instructor Guide includes short video segments that outline best practices, tips and techniques for:

  • developing quality lesson plans;
  • delivering engaging lesson content;
  • managing successful lab sessions;
  • assessing student progress and mastery;
  • developing an advisory board; and
  • staying connected with the automotive industry.

The Guide also includes printable resources such as lesson planning templates and job sheets. The Guide will also have a list of potential mentors for new instructors to contact for assistance.

The NATEF New Instructor Guide is at  For more information, contact NATEF at 703-669-6650 or at

NATEF was founded in 1983 as an independent, non-profit organization with a single mission: to evaluate technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommend qualifying programs for NATEF accreditation.

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