New York Automotive and Diesel Institute Policies

Creating a Culture of Professionalism!

New York Automotive and Diesel Institute accepts as regularly admitted students those applicants who are high school graduates or the equivalent and are seventeen (17) years of age (with parental consent) or older. Non high school graduates must successfully pass an independently administered ability to benefit (ATB) entrance examination.  All such students are required to score at or above federally approved minimum test cut-off scores on a federally approved entrance exam.  An extensive and comprehensive admissions interview, evaluation, and assessment process is required of all perspective students. At the conclusion of the enrollment process, the Executive Director, Registrar and Academic Chairman will determine which applicants are accepted into the institution and are placed onto the final roster. 

All incoming students will enroll in one of the following three programs; 900 clock hour Certified Automotive Technician, 900 clock hour Certified Truck & Diesel Technician or 1,440 clock hour Master Certified Collision Repair Technician.  Students wishing to enroll in the 1,440 clock hour Master Certified Automotive Technician or Master Truck & Diesel Technician programs may apply to be accepted after achieving the following: Successfully complete 9 of 10 required courses from the Certified Automotive Technician or Certified Truck & Diesel Technician programs, maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average, maintain a minimum ninety percent (90%) attendance and a recommendation by the school’s faculty. Acceptance into one of our Master programs is an honor and only those students who meet the aforementioned criteria will be eligible to apply.  
Students enrolled under the ATB provisions will automatically be enrolled in the Pre-TASC Preparation Program or TASC Preparation Program at no additional cost to the student.  Students who are enrolled in the Pre-TASC Preparation Program or TASC Preparation Program will be enrolled in an additional 120 clock hours or 180 clocks hours of instruction respectively.

Students who may have taken courses similar in nature to the ones offered at NYADI or students who have passed ASE Certification tests in a particular area may apply to have these hours recognized by the school provided the following conditions are met. All transfer hours are subject to the approval of the Executive Director.
Provide an official school transcript from a licensed and accredited, NATEF/ASE recognized institution.
Must have a minimum passing grade of C (2.0).
Must take and pass a NYADI administered exam in the area or areas requesting credit and pass with a minimum grade of 70.
Provide proof of having passed the ASE Certification test in the area or areas requesting credit.

The instructional/clock hours listed for all programs are predicated on regular attendance, successful completion of each course in the program without repetition or make-up work and excluding holidays that occur during the period of attendance. An instructional (clock) hour is defined, for the purpose of this training program, as fifty (50) minutes.

Regular attendance and punctuality will help students develop good work ethic that is essential for a successful career. Attendance is closely monitored and students will be contacted in the event of their absence from class. Students are encouraged to schedule medical or dental appointments during non-school hours. Students who do not attend class regularly will have their grade point averages reduced. To maintain satisfactory attendance, students should be present for ninety percent (90%) of the total clock hours during each academic period (course). If a student is absent more than ten percent (10%) of the total clock hours in any segment and falls below a 2.0 grade point average for that course, that student may receive an incomplete for that segment and be placed on academic probation for one academic period.  Students receiving Title IV funding must maintain ninety percent (90%) attendance in order to remain eligible. If the student is absent due to a documented legitimate reason, i.e. doctors note, jury duty, death in family, etc., that student may make up a maximum of one (1) day (SEE MAKE-UP WORK). Additionally, each undocumented or illegitimate absence will result in a one (1) point decrease in the student’s final grade point average. Student Services will determine what documents are sufficient to excuse an absence from this requirement. Students will be required to complete all course work before the end of subsequent segment.

Students who arrive late to class or who leave class early will be considered tardy. Students who arrive more than one (1) hour late or leave more than one (1) hour early will be considered absent for that marking-period.  Students who are excessively late or leave early will be placed on probation. The probationary periods for “excessive lateness” or “early departures” will be determined individually based upon the student’s prior history.

A student can request a leave of absence by signing and submitting the appropriate form to the Executive Director. The leave of absence period shall not exceed a total of one segment. The student will not be approved for more than one leave of absence during the duration of the students program unless approved by the Executive Director.  The student should note that an approved leave of absence is not considered to be a termination, which may require a refund. If the leave of absence is not approved, then the student is considered to be terminated from the School and the refund requirements apply.  If a student with an approved leave of absence does not return following the leave of absence period, that student will be considered terminated and refunds will be made according to federal and state refund policies.

Students will be required to make-up all assignments, exams, or work missed as a result of any excused/unexcused absence or tardiness. The instructor may assign additional outside make-up work if deemed necessary. Arrangements to take a missed exam must be made with the instructor within two (2) days of returning from an absence. All make up work should be completed before the end of the current segment. Make up days will not be considered complete unless that student is in attendance for the FULL make up session and completes any class or lab assignments missed during his/her absence. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of any assignments missed. All arrangements are subject to approval by the Executive Director.

Homework is an important part of the training process and may be assigned by the instructor on a daily basis to re-enforce the lesson learned in class that day. Homework assignments should be completed according to instructions and handed in on a timely basis.


If repeat training is required to correct an academic deficiency, tuition charges will be assessed at the rate indicated in the “Enrollment Agreement”. These charges will be in effect at the time the repeat training is received unless the Executive Director grants a waiver.


Numerical grades are assigned at the end of each course, as follows: 
    A 90 - 100  4.0  Excellent
    B 80 -  89 3.0-3.9 Good
    C 70 -  79  2.0-2.9 Satisfactory
    F Under 69  0 Failure

The above is based on the student’s class work, laboratory work and result of written exams.


If a student has not achieved the minimum grade average of seventy percent (70%) at the end of an academic period (course), he/she will be required to retake the entire course. The student will be placed on Academic Probation for the next two academic periods. The student will be notified that he/she is on Academic Probation. If a passing grade is given for the repeated course, the passing grade will be counted in the students total grade average. If the student does not achieve the minimum grade average of seventy percent (70%) at the end of the repeated course, he/she will be terminated. The student cannot be on probation more than two (2) times during the program or he/she will be terminated. Students on Academic Probation are still eligible for financial aid.
In the event of termination, the student may appeal the termination or apply and be re-admitted at the discretion of the Executive Director.
Students who stop attending during an academic period will be graded as a withdrawal. The student must retake that entire course. The withdrawal will not be counted in the student’s total grade point average.
Students who complete an academic period with less that ninety (90%) attendance and fall below a 2.0 grade point average for the course will be graded as Incomplete. Incomplete grades will not count toward a student’s grade point average. The student has until the end of the next segment to make-up the time or the grade will revert to a Failure. The Failure will be counted in the student’s total grade point average. The student will then be required to retake that entire course. If a passing grade is given for the repeated course, that passing grade will be counted in the students total point grade average.
Students who do not complete a test or required coursework due to a documented excused absence will be graded as Incomplete. The student has thirty (30) days to complete the test/coursework or the grade will revert to a Failure. The Failure will be counted in the student’s total grade point average. The student will then be required to retake that entire course. If a passing grade is given for the repeated course, that passing grade will be counted in the students’ total grade point average.
For additional information regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), please refer to your orientation packet.


The following will not be tolerated and can result in suspension or dismissal from the School. The student will remain responsible for his/her financial obligation as of the last date of physical attendance.
  • Possession or consumption of drugs or alcohol on School property.
  • Coming to School in what the instructor determines to be an impaired state.
  • Fighting or unruly behavior in or near School property.
  • Disrespectful, threatening or harassing actions toward the faculty, staff or other students.
  • Conduct that disrupts classes or interferes with the progress of other students.
  • Cheating
  • Theft or defacing of property belonging to the School or other students.


The following are conditions under which a student can be terminated:
  • Failure to comply with the School conduct policy.
  • Failure to comply with the School attendance/tardiness policy.
  • Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Failure to meet all financial obligations to the School.
  • Failure to comply with the conditions set forth in the enrollment agreement.

In the event a student is terminated, they may apply for re-admittance by demonstrating that they have successfully addressed the reason for termination.  The following are the requirements for re-admittance:
  1. The re-admittance fee must be paid at the time of re-entry.
  2. If a student returns from a termination before six months of their drop date, the student will continue the program from where they were when they were terminated.
  3. If a student returns from drop status between six months and a year after date of termination, the student must re-test on all courses they had taken and passed while they were previously enrolled.
  4. If a student returns from termination after fourteen months, they must start the program from the beginning.
The student may appeal termination. The Executive Director will make the final determination and has the authority to reinstate the student at the next scheduled class start.

Students will be constantly exposed to a workshop environment and need to be dressed appropriately. At the start of the program they will receive two NYADI uniform shirts. These uniform shirts must be worn to school on a daily basis. Additional uniform shirts can be purchased. Students should dress as they would to work in a repair shop. Long pants and work shoes provide the most protection from injury. The following types of dress will not be allowed; shorts, open toed shoes or sandals, tank tops or cut-off shirts, excessively loose fitting shirts or pants. Students will also be exposed to running engines and machinery. Jewelry such as rings, bracelets and wristbands, watches and necklaces should be removed prior to the start of class. Students with hair longer than shoulder length should secure hair in a ponytail or hat to prevent it from becoming tangled in moving parts.


During student orientation the student will be provided with a photo ID tag for a nominal fee. The student must wear these ID tags at all times while attending classes. If the ID tag becomes lost or stolen, the student is responsible for purchasing an additional one. If a student is asked by an instructor or school official for his/her ID tag they should surrender it immediately.


New York Automotive and Diesel Institute provides all the tools and equipment needed for students to successfully complete their training. Tools will be distributed by the instructor as needed during lab assignments and collected by the instructor when the assignment is complete. Students should respect the schools tools and equipment and care for all tools as if they were their own. If any tool breaks or equipment stops working, it should be reported to the instructor immediately. The student will receive a Snap-On Tool Voucher in the amount of $1000 upon successfully completing all courses and all financial obligations to the school are satisfied. This voucher can only be redeemed through the Student Excellence Program administered at the school.


Textbooks are provided to students at the beginning of classes. Students should bring their books to class every day. Notebooks and pens/pencils should also be brought to class. The student will be responsible if a book becomes lost or stolen.  Prep books for ASE certification can also be purchased at the school.


All injuries should be immediately reported to the instructor regardless of size. First aid kits and eye wash stations are located in each lab and in the administration offices. If further medical treatment is needed, the instructor will arrange for assistance. If a student is injured on school property the student must fill out an accident report and file it with the Education Department.


During the course of instruction students may bring their vehicles into the shop to diagnose a problem relating to the subject being discussed in class. Any vehicles brought into the shop should belong to the student or their immediate family. Students are required to fill out a vehicle waiver form and repair order before the vehicle is brought into the shop. All requests are subject to approval of the Executive Director.


Safety is the number one priority at NYADI. Students should conduct themselves in a manner that ensures safety to themselves and others. Students will be required to attend safety training before lab work begins and will be issued safety goggles that are to be worn at all times during labs. Students must follow these safety rules at all times:
  • Always wear eye protection when required.
  • Avoid anyone who does not take shop work seriously.
  • Keep your shop organized.
  • Never carry sharp tools or parts in your pockets
  • Work like a professional.
  • Use the right tool for the job.
  • Keep guards and shields in place.
  • Lift with your legs, not your back.
  • Use adequate lighting.
  • Ventilate when needed.
  • Never stir up asbestos dust.
  • Jack up a vehicle slowly and safely.
  • Report unsafe conditions to your instructor.
  • Stay away from engine fans.
  • Respect running engines.
  • Do not smoke in the school.
  • Read material safety data sheets when in doubt.
  • Receive instructor permission before using any power tools.


Students requiring additional assistance with class work may receive personalized tutoring by notifying the instructor that help is needed. The instructor can arrange a time to help students with any areas that they are having difficulty understanding. Instructors are available before and after class. If further help is needed, it can be arranged with the Education Department.  Academic tutoring is available to students that need further assistance in math and basic language skills. The School also provides students with access to external counseling services, as needed, by contacting the Executive Director.


After students graduate from NYADI, they are always welcome to come back and take refresher courses at no additional charge. The student may come back and take the updated version of any course as long as it is offered. We realize that as technology changes, students may need to advance their training further so we offer this additional benefit to all our graduates.

A Certificate of Completion will be issued when you have met all academic and financial requirements.

The School does not provide housing, transportation, or childcare for students; however, a current listing of available rental units, local public transportation, and childcare information is available by contacting the School Director. The School provides academic advising to all students to ensure satisfactory progress through the program. Special attention is given to those students that need additional assistance. Academic tutoring is available to students that need further assistance in math and basic language skills. The School also provides students with access to external counseling services, as needed, by contacting the Executive Director.


The Student Services Department will assist all students and graduates with their job search and pursuing their careers. Contacts are maintained with local and national companies and interviews will be coordinated for students and graduates. In the students’ last course in school, the Placement Department will begin assisting students in their job search, providing a career development seminar, letters of recommendation, assistance in resume writing and job interview techniques. Although the school provides placement assistance, the school cannot guarantee employment after the student has successfully completed the program of study.