Monday, June 5, 2017

What is ASE?

Vehicles keep getting more complex, while technology and diagnostic tools constantly change as well. As a result, finding a competent, knowledgeable automotive professional can be a real challenge. Fortunately, some 300,000 professionals across the country choose to show their knowledge by earning ASE Certification — a benefit to automotive facilities, consumers, as well as themselves.
ASE’s consumer spokeswoman, Amy Mattinat, herself a shop owner and ASE Certified, explains what ASE is and how it benefits vehicle owners.

ASE, short for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians and other service professionals.

Why Does ASE Exist?
ASE was created to upgrade the skills and knowledge of working technicians and to provide them with a national credential that offers tangible proof of their technical knowledge.
The ASE Certification program gives shop owners and service customers a way to gauge an automotive professional’s level of expertise, knowledge, skill and experience before contracting their services.  
How to Find ASE Certified Technicians
ASE certifies individual technicians not repair facilities but it stands to reason that shop owners who care enough to promote technician certification will be equally concerned about all aspects of their business. Shops with ASE-certified technicians usually display the ASE sign.

ASE awards its special “Blue Seal of Excellence” Recognition to auto repair centers that maintain a staff that is at least 75% ASE Certified and has a certified technician in each area of service offered in the shop must be covered by at least one ASE-Certified Technician.
ASE Certified technicians are issued personalized credentials. Look for ASE certificates in the office of your auto repair facility. These certificates show the expertise of each technician and the current status of their certification. Additionally, ASE Certified technicians often wear shoulder insignia.


Inside the Program:  How Does ASE Certification Work?
Auto technicians and other professionals who want to become ASE Certified can take one or more of ASE’s 40-plus exams. The exams are grouped into specialties such as automobile, medium/heavy truck, truck equipment, school bus, collision repair, and more.
Most of ASE’s certification specialties require that automotive professionals have relevant on-the -job training and/or a two-year degree in automotive repair to qualify for certification.
The exams are not easy. Only two out of every three test-takers pass on their first attempt. After passing at least one exam and providing proof of relevant work experience, the test-taker becomes ASE certified. To remain certified, ASE-certified professionals must be retested every five years.

Who Writes The ASE Certification Tests?
ASE Certification tests are written in workshops by a national panel of seasoned automotive industry professionals and executives, including working technicians, automobile manufacturers, aftermarket manufacturers, and educators.
Exams are segmented by sub-specialty such as automobile, medium/heavy truck, truck equipment, school bus, collision repair, and more. There are 40-plus exams each designed to discern the automotive service technician’s knowledge of job-related skills.
Where is ASE?
ASE is located in Leesburg, Virginia, near Washington D.C.  
For more information you can write, call or email:
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
1-800-390-6789 Customer Service Toll Free

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