Because ASE's program is voluntary, technicians
who have taken the time and expense to earn ASE certification can be counted
on to have a strong sense of pride in accomplishment, which should be good
news for consumers.
Moreover, prior to taking ASE exams, many technicians
attend training classes or study after work. The time they spend sharpening
their skills should be advantageous to consumers as well.
How Does ASE Certification Work?
Twice a year at some 700 national locations, thousands
of mechanics sit for ASE certification exams. The exams are administered
in the field by American College Testing (ACT).
Designed by representatives from the automotive
service and repair industry, vocational educators, and ASE's own in-house
technical specialists, the exams stress real-world diagnostic and repair
problems, not theory. The exams are no cinch to pass; one out of three
test takers fails.
Mechanics who pass at least one exam and fulfill
the work experience requirement earn the title of ASE-certified Automobile
Technician, while those who pass all eight auto exams earn Master Auto
Technician status. All ASE technicians are issued
personalized credentials listing their exact areas of certification and
an appropriate shoulder insignia.
must recertify every five years in order to keep current with changing
technology and to remain ASE certified.
How to Find an ASE Technician
ASE technicians can be found at every type of repair
facility: new car dealerships, independent garages, service stations, tire
dealers, specialty shops, and major franchises. There are about 400,000
ASE technicians at work nationally.
Repair facilities employing ASE-certified technicians
usually display the distinctive blue and white ASE sign on the premises
and post their technician’s credentials in the customer service area. Employers
sometimes include the ASE logo in their print advertising as well.
The technicians are also issued pocket-sized credentials
cards listing their exact areas of certification.
ASE offers certification in all major technical areas of auto repair and
service, it is wise to ask the shop owner or service manager specifically
for a technician who is certified in the appropriate area, say, brakes
or engine repair. (See back panel for a list of the test specialties.)