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Automotive Service Excellence

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National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
NicknameAutomotive Service Excellence
FormationJune 12, 1972; 52 years ago (1972-06-12)
Founded atWashington D.C., U.S.
Typenon-profit organization
Registration no.721570
HeadquartersLeesburg, Virginia, U.S.
  • United States and Canada
Membership (2018)
247,621 - Certified service professionals
Official language

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[1] in response to consumers needing to distinguish between potentially incompetent and competent automotive technicians.[2] The organization aims to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals.

ASE Certification


ASE offers certification tests for automotive professionals through Prometric Test Centers.[3] These involve several exams, the passing of which, added with two years of relevant hands-on work experience, will merit certification.[4] The required experience can be substituted by one year of on-the-job training and a two-year training degree.[5] A recertification track is also offered for those who have had previous certification.[6] Upon certification, the certified applicant will also receive an ASE shoulder insignia, wallet I.D. card and a wall certificate suitable for framing. As of January 2020 the wallet card is again available after being retired since June 2016.

ASE certification is usually required by employers for those interested in pursuing a career in professional automotive service.[7] Some municipalities require ASE certification in order to be licensed for motor vehicle repairs, such as Broward[8] and Miami-Dade[9] counties of Florida.

See also



  1. ^ Barnhart, Phillip (1997). The Guide to National Professional Certification Programs, 2nd Edition. CRC Press. pp. 291–292. ISBN 0-8493-9960-2.
  2. ^ "The Value of ASE Certification". NAPA. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
  3. ^ "Prometric Selected as New Testing Partner for National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence". Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  4. ^ "Want ASE Certification?". Defense Activity For Non-Traditional Education Support. Archived from the original on 31 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
  5. ^ "ASE Certification Programs". Mechanic Career Now. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  6. ^ Tugend, Alina (2011-02-25). "Who's Best for Your Car, Dealer or Independent?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  7. ^ "Certifications for Automotive Technicians". Roseville, Michigan. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  8. ^ "Automotive Service Excellence".
  9. ^ "Miami-Dade County Code, Chapter 8A, Article VIIA Motor Vehicle Repair Ordinance" (PDF). Miami-Dade County, Florida. Retrieved 2009-08-26.