Student Policies

To be successful in any endeavor it is necessary to know what is expected of you. You will need to fulfill the following requirements to make yourself excel in a successful career in the automotive field. Students who successfully complete the Technician Training Program will receive a diploma. Students who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate.

Program Completion Requirements

In order for a student to be eligible for his/her certificate in any class, the student must do the following: 

  • Complete all program or course requirements. 
  • Earn a final grade of 80 or better. 
  • I/M CERT requires 100% attendance. 
  • Satisfy all financial obligations to TATI. 

Each student’s scheduled ending date allows for sufficient training days to complete the course requirements. Time missed due to tardiness or absence may only be made up on the student’s own time with training center’s permission. Time lost due to training center’s closing can be made up when convenient to the student, or by extending the completion date of the course. In the event that a student requests an early completion date, all of the completion requirements listed above must be met. The financial obligation to the training center includes the full tuition for the program or course as originally contracted by the student. 

Students who successfully complete the Technician Training Program will receive a diploma.  Students who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate or a license where appropriate.

*Grading System
TATI’s standard of grading is as follows:

GRADE                               EQUIVALENT               
80 – 100                                  Pass                           
60 – 79                                      Remediation Suggested
Below – 60                               Fail  

* Grading will cover the following areas:

  • Periodic written quizzes to measure the student’s progress. 
  • Weekly hands-on testing to measure student’s progress and ability. 
  • The program grade will be based on the quizzes and final written test that will be administered at the end of the program.

Progress Standards

Individual progress records are permanently maintained for each student and are open for inspection in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974 as amended. Following review by the appropriate officials, grade and attendance reports are issued to the student concerned upon completion of each course of training. 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Students are required to complete a minimum of 95% of the clock hours for the course in which they have enrolled. Attendance is calculated as hours of attendance vs. hours scheduled, except in the case of I/M CERT, where 100% attendance is required. Absences will be excused only for Military Duty, Jury Duty, or Leave-of Absence. Any student not physically present at the start of his scheduled course will be considered late. When tardy, a student will be credited only with attendance in completed hours. Three tardy occurrences in a thirty day period will result in a one-day suspension. All time missed is considered in the 95% calculation. Make-up class hours are allowed only when done prior to the absence with the written permission of an instructor. 

If the student is making unsatisfactory progress due to the fact that he/she failed to meet any or all of these requirements, the student shall be placed on probation. An extended probationary period may be granted in exceptional cases, if approved by the Director of the program. If unsatisfactory progress continues beyond the said period and an extended period is not granted, the student’s training will be interrupted with written notification to the student. If the student terminates their training due to failure to comply with the progress standards, he / she must wait a minimum of three months from the last date of attendance to re-apply for re-enrollment.

In addition, once re-enrolled the student will not be granted a second probationary period but will receive a final termination notice. Students may appeal the termination of their training by written request to the Director. This request must include the mitigating circumstances (such as illness, divorce, death) that he/she feels is responsible for the lack of compliance with the academic progress standards. This request would then be reviewed by the Director of the training center. Students should take note that only in rare and well documented cases will exceptions be granted. Due to the nature of the vocational training offered at this training center, we do not offer course withdrawals, incomplete, or repetitions.

A student may participate in a remedial course at additional charge, when advised to do so by the Director of the school. The clock hours the student attends in this program will be considered in determining compliance with the program standards. Each student may be granted a leave-of-absence (LOA) if approved by the Director. A leave of absence is not considered in the number of clock hours available to the students so as not to adversely affect attendance calculations.  Completion dates will be recalculated to reflect the length of the leave.  Thirty days is the maximum allowable LOA except for medical leaves.

Student Conduct

Since students are being prepared for a work environment, they are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and conform to the generally accepted standards of the industry. Unacceptable behavior will result in termination of enrollment.  The use of tobacco products, alcohol, or drugs is not permitted on the school grounds. Possession of alcohol, drugs, firearms, or other dangerous materials is grounds for immediate termination. Violence of any nature whatsoever will not be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to teasing, bullying, harassment of any nature, fighting, etc. Students who engage in this conduct will be immediately terminated.

TATI maintains an awareness program to keep students apprised of current definitions and consequences of behavior.          

Termination

A student who is absent five classes may be subject to termination. Any student, whose absence interferes with his progress or causes the student to fall below minimum grade requirements, may be terminated from the program. TATI reserves the right to terminate a student’s enrollment at any time because of poor scholarship, excessive absences, undesirable conduct or non-payment of the fees. Re-admission under any circumstances will only be considered after a student submits such a request in writing. Each case will be individually evaluated with the final decision determined by the Director. Refund policy will be in effect for all terminations. 

Safety Policy

TATI demands that while you are involved in training or other activities in the shop you wear safety glasses and whatever protective equipment is required for the task you are performing. Failure to abide by any of the safety rules may result in suspension or termination. 

Advisement

A student with an academic or personal problem is urged to consult the Director. If we are unable to assist we will try to recommend outside agencies for your support. 

Drug Free Policy

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited on all TATI property; which includes the building, land and vehicles. Anyone found engaging in the above activities will be terminated from the Program or Course. As a condition of enrollment, the student will sign the Enrollment Questionnaire indicating their awareness and acceptance of this policy. 

Student Complaint Procedure

Students should write their complaints to the attention of the instructor of their Program or Course. If the complaint cannot be resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the complaint should then be taken to the school Director in writing. All complaints will receive a response within 10 days. If the student feels the TATI has not met its obligations, a letter may be directed to the Pennsylvania Department of Education at the following address: State Board of Private Licensed Schools, Dept. of Education, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333.

Affirmative Action Policy

Students are admitted, trained and referred for employment without regard to race, color, creed, sex, handicap, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, age, religion, or political affiliation. TATI complies with all local, city, county, state and federal regulations. 

Library

TATI maintains a current collection of texts, Website technical information and periodicals which will serve as reference material for the established programs. Students are encouraged to complete and strengthen their program knowledge by using the reference material as an additional aid. Additional material may be obtained upon request.