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About the Car Geek Squad "CGS"

What is CGS?

CGS, is an acronym for Car Geek Squadron registrants (A.K.A. “GURU”) accredited for Unified Diagnostic Services (UDS). UDS is a diagnostic communication protocol in the electronic control unit (ECU) environment within the automotive electronics, which is specified in the (International Organization for Standardization) ISO 14229-1. It is derived from ISO 14230-3 (KWP2000) and ISO 15765-3 (Diagnostic Communication over Controller Area Network (DoCAN).

Why Does CGS Exist?

To uphold "real world" industry guidance for protecting the consumer and the environment in support of government guidelines. CGS registration signifies industry accepted accreditation so that shop owners, operators, underwriters, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and the community at large may substantiate reliable vehicle Pre-& Post-Scan procedures. The CGS Registrar maintains an official list of registrants authorized to use an encoded Digital Signature SEAL (aka, stamp) as tangible proof of their qualification.

How Does CGS Registration Work?

In addition to passing a CGS sanctioned test, individuals must possess a current automotive (OEM) manufacturer accredited certificate confirming training in automotive scanning technology, diagnostics, service or repair to qualify for an encoded Digital Signature SEAL and appear in the official CGS registration list (database).

The CGS sanctioned tests are not easy. Not all candidates qualify on their initial attempt. To remain CGS registered, individuals must update their registration each year to keep up with ever-advancing automotive technology and to validate their proof of continuing education.

Who Writes the CGS Sanctioned Tests?

CGS sanctioned tests are written in workshops by CGS Committee professionals in cooperation with www.AutoAlliance.org (Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers) and Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, including auto shop owners, operators, working technicians, equipment manufacturers, educators, and automotive industry specialist. Not by any single person.

Sanctioned tests are limited to vehicle service and repair knowledge, metrics, measurement, and verification techniques associated with a vehicle Pre-& Post-Scan diagnostic procedures as published by a sponsoring Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) requirements at www.fueleconomy.gov.

What Does the CGS Committee Do?

The CGS Committee promotes advanced education in state-of-the-art metric measurement verification and validation techniques concerning vehicle efficiency and Pre-& Post-Scan procedures. CGS Committee members work in every part of the automotive service and repair industry. CGS accreditation validates an automotive industry operator, technician, service writer, estimator, or other service/repair specialist, not the auto shop.

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