Hands-On ACDC Training Center Re-opens in August

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Up Your Voltage

This is a 7 Day class held in Worcester, MA. Limited to 4 techs includes “Up Your Voltage Graduates” (we call reviewers). After teaching hybrid technology in classrooms for years, I kept hearing the same request “I want an extensive hands-on class”. OK! It is here. Up Your Voltage! Classes have been held since June 2006. Every one is better than the last as ACDC learns more and adds more value.

All of the ACDC fleet of cars will be here. That is 14 and counting.Many (HEV) hybrid cars; Ford Escape , Honda Civic I and II , Honda Insight I, Toyota Highlander HEV AWD, Toyota Priuses (Prii) Gen I and II and III, Camry Hybrid, VW Jetta HEV, Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and Kia Niro EV are yours for 7 days. Get yourself to Massachusetts and spend a week studying, driving, testing, scanning, scoping, servicing, and taking these hybrid /EVs apart. All I ask is that they run when you leave. ACDC has lots of parts to work with, scan tools, and scopes. The class is based on today’s technology and teaching methods. What you are missing in your training will be answered.

7 Day HEV, PHEV, and EV at ACDC



$5,500.00 with private room. Call Office to enroll or see if there is a seat available at 508-826-4546 or Email Craig@fixhybrid.com.

All classes, drinks, meals, snacks, 7 nights at the hotel, transportation to use while you are here, all power point training materials on a 16 gig jump drive, (bring your laptop) and the ACDC 360 page Hybrid and EV Color manual (written by Craig and sells $250.00) and our L3 Color Prep Guide ($125), all our recorded web based training for HEV, EV and OEM recorded webinars (over 30 hours of web training), use of shop equipment, use of HEV/ PHEV/ EV cars, an ACDC Master Hybrid Qualification (if you pass the written test and pre-qualify), and ACDC hospitality.

Before Class Starts

Before Class Starts

A week before class a live one hour webinar to get to know each other and some basic safety training on line.  

You will receive our two color books (if you live in USA) and HEV 101, EV 101 and OEM webinars no matter where you live. That is over 26 hours of on-line training.  If you do not finish the pre-study the codes will allow you to study for 3 more months when you return home. At the training center there is a 50/50 split between hands-on and class time.


You can purchase ahead of time a Glove Safety Kit that includes High Voltage Gloves, Leather protectors, a magnetic storage bag, eye protection and an ACDC Duffel Bag. Also ACDC shirts, jackets, patches, banners, logo stickers. meters, hybrid parts for your classroom and more. Talk to Oz about this before you come and we will bring what you want to class from our store.

If you pre-qualify you will receive an “ACDC Master Hybrid Technician” certificate upon completion and testing of this 7 day class.

Drive, Fly, Bus, Train or Motorcycle your way to Worcester, Massachusetts (Boston is 40 miles to the East and to our South 45 miles away is Providence, R.I.) or get picked up by the ACDC staff if you fly into Worcester.  Settle down at the Hotel and attend a pre meeting at 8pm the night before.  Try to get to the Hotel about 6pm the day before. Get a good nights sleep and get ready for training that is first rate, fun, and exciting. We will go where few have gone before!

Travel Day:  8pm -9pm Welcome Reception. Re-read the L3 guide on the plane and start thinking High Voltage!

Day 1 8:30 –5:30 pm.

Dinner @ 5:30pm. This day we jump right into the Honda HEVs and parts. The theory part of hybrid technology was taught on-line so we will only review that. If you have any gaps in your educational background, ACDC will get you up to speed. High Voltage batteries will be disassembled and reassembled. The FEAR of high voltage will be put to rest. You will be tested for your electrical knowledge the first day.

Day 2 8:30 – 5:30 pm

Get up early, eat hearty and off we go to the classroom. Class is 8—5:30 with lunch and dinner catered so we can get down to business. Honda and Ford HEVs will be available to drive during and after class. Craig Van Batenburg will lead the class. The class is an advanced class that continues where the day before left off. We will go over anything that is required by any student so that you have a complete understanding of the subject matter. Scan tools will be used this day.

Instructor is Craig Van Batenburg, CMAT, L1, and L3 Certified

Day 3 8:30 to 5:30 pm

Toyota HEV training amd more components. We will review carefully what we did as teams over the last two days. More battery training and workshop exercises plus more time using scan tools while driving the hybrid fleet. The ACDC shop will allow you access to lifts, tools, equipment, scanners, (this is a well equipped shop) and give you time to carefully remove the HV battery packs, inverters, HV cables, DC-DC converters, and anything else that interests you. We will test them as we go. We will have 3 teams with many group lessons. The hybrid cars will be rotated to another team and so on. Lunches are catered by one of our best local caterers.  This class is a lot like boot camp. It is total immersion.

Day 4 8:30 to 5:30 pm

After breakfast we are off to the ACDC site again. Today is Euro Training. ACDC has a VW Jetta HEV in our fleet and hired a local Euro Tech / Shop owner and Up Your Voltage Graduate (UYV), George, to design and teach this day, along with Aiden and his E-Golf. Aden is a smart ACDC staffer and college student.  Euro day was started at UYV 58, March 2020.  Lots of Euro HEV and EVs are coming your way.

Location:  24 Wells Street, Worcester, Massachusetts  USA

Evenings. Every night except one we have planned a dinner for everyone and some fun will be added in as well. One night off for exploring and $20 for a meal. Good local old fashioned diners are famous in this area.

Day 5 8:30 to 5:30 pm

After breakfast we will be back at the site for day #5.  Matt, an UYV Graduate, is a tech at his fathers shop and will spend the day with you teaching you what he has learned in the bay fixing and maintaining Toyota HEV and PHEVs. Great Tips taught by the ACDC trainers. More tech tips and getting the Toyota training you need.  This type of personal training in unique and the trainers are there to get you ready to fix EMVs when you get back to work. You will be ready for no-starts and driveabilty problems.

Day 6 8:30 to 5:30 pm

We continue with Jeff, a 13 year veteran with ACDC. Jeff did UYV #3 and has been helping ACDC get smarter ever since. He is the EV man. There are many EVs in the market he will teach you using the Volt, Leaf, Bolt and Kia Niro EV. They all plug-in. This is your future. Consider this the day we look into the immediate future.

We accept AMX, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and a check 30 days ahead of time.

Day 7 8:30 to 5:30 pm

We will review carefully what we did as teams over the week. There will be time for each team to present a “teachable moment”. The list of “What I wanted to learn” will be reviewed.  A good wrap up session. More training on what he missed or the class feels they need more of. Fuel cells will also be a subject. A group photo, and at 5pm it is graduation time and back to the airport. Your mind will now be ready for any hybrid or EV problem that comes your way and all in just 7 days. “Up Your Voltage!” will be your mantra.

Optional FUN before or after class:

Relax and enjoy ACDC country on your own. Borrow an ACDC Hybrid before or after the class and see the country side. New England is a beautiful place (your only addition cost is more hotel nights and some food)

ACDC needs the cars back before class. This is on a “first come, first serve” basis so call ahead.

Updated 06/22/20