National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
Wikipedia: Automotive Service Excellence
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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is a professional certification group that certifies professionals and shops in the automotive repair and service industry in the United States and parts of Canada. It is an independent, non-profit organization created in 1972 in response to consumers needing to distinguish between incompetent and competent automotive technicians. The organization aims to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals.
ASE offers certification tests for automotive professionals through Prometric Test Centers. These involve several exams, the passing of which, added with two years of relevant hands-on work experience, will merit certification. Some forms of formal training will also satisfy part of the 2 year work experience requirement. A re-certification track is also offered for those who have had previous certification. An ASE certificate serves as proof of one's competence and effectiveness. Upon certification, the certified applicant will also receive an ASE shoulder insignia, wallet I.D. card and a wall certificate suitable for framing. ASE certification is usually required (not by law but by employers) for those interested in pursuing a career in automotive mechanic/auto mechanic or automotive technician service. Some municipalities require ASE certification in order to be licensed for motor vehicle repairs, such as Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.
Testing was previously done twice a year for the written version. All ASE tests are now computer based and are administered at monitored testing centers. The tests are now offered more frequently and at more locations. Additionally ASE certification is not just for technicians anymore and apply to all manner of jobs relating to the Automotive Industry.
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