Automotive Transmission Essentials

Certificate 1 month

Auto Transmission Training Program

If you work in the automotive industry and want to refine or refresh your skills, our online Automotive Transmissions Essentials Certificate Program can help you take the next steps.

  • Intended for students already in the field and prepares them to strengthen their current knowledge.  
  • Prepares students to sit for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) a2-a3 Transmission-related certification exams.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
Self Paced

Cost of Program


1-800-275-4410 (9AM - 9PM EST)

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What You Will Learn

  1. How to diagnose, troubleshoot, and perform routine transmission procedures, including removing, servicing, and replacing a transmission.
  2. How to identify the components and operation of 4WD and AWD systems, including the procedures necessary to diagnose and service those systems.
  3. How to troubleshoot and diagnose specific manufacturers' electronic transmission control systems.
  4. How to explain the disassembly and overhaul of an automatic transmission and transaxle, including subcomponents and measurements.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Auto Transmissions Career Outcomes

Penn Foster's online Auto Transmission classes are designed to prepare students for industry certification and career readiness. You can train online and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work in settings like repair shops, car dealerships, or even in your own garage.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Auto Transmission Training Curriculum

  • 2 courses
  • 6.7 continuing education units (CEUs)
  • 5 exams

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 1 month
  • Average time = 2 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework.

Intended for those who are already working in the field or who want to learn more about transmissions, our online Auto Transmission Training Program covers the essential theory of manual drive trains and automatic transmission systems. Your courses include:

  • Manual Drivetrain and Axles
  • Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles

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Automotive Transmissions Success Stories

Our graduates have gone on to start new careers, advance in their current roles, or even start their own businesses. Learn more about their experiences with Penn Foster's Online Automotive Transmissions Essentials Certificate.
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Angel H.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2021

“[Penn Foster] is affordable, flexible, and you can work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.”

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Auto Transmission Training Tuition

Take the first steps toward refining your current skills with our online Automotive Transmissions Essentials Certificate.

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Cost of Program


  • Pay the full cost upfront
  • No monthly payments
  • Credit card, PayPal, or ACH from bank account
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Our Proven Automotive Transmissions Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online student community
  • Student Portal Help Center


  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

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Automotive Transmission Classes FAQs

How do you become a transmission specialist?

In order to become a transmission specialist, most employers require that you have a high school diploma or equivalent and experience in the automotive industry. Many employers prefer candidates with formal training, according to ZipRecruiter.1 Further, earning additional, relevant ASE certifications can help you prepare to stand out when applying for jobs.

How will learning automotive transmission systems advance my career?

Furthering your automotive repair education and earning additional ASE credentials can help you prepare to advance in your career by expanding your industry knowledge and skills. Through our online Automotive Transmissions classes, you can strengthen your transmissions knowledge on your schedule.

How much do transmission mechanics make?

Since transmission mechanics perform specialized work, they can often earn more than those who don't specialize. The national average salary for transmissions specialists was $56,788, according to Zip Recruiter data.2 Salary can vary, however, based on your employer, your experience, and the state in which you live.

What does a transmission specialist do?

Transmission specialists service and repair transmission systems. Fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of this job requires physical stamina, the ability to disassemble and reassemble varying transmission systems correctly, and the ability to read and follow repair manuals.


The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.


1.) ZipRecruiter. "Transmission Specialist." Accessed April 20, 2021.
2.) ZipRecruiter. "Transmission Specialist Salary." Accessed June 22, 2021.

Statements made by ZipRecruiter are not a guarantee of post-graduation employment or salary.