Automotive Service Excellence

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National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
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Founded Washington, D.C. (June 12, 1972 (1972-06-12))
Registration no. 721570

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 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[edit]

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.[3] The required experienced can be substituted by one year of on-the-job training and a two-year training degree.[4] 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. As of June, 2016, ASE has stopped providing the Wallet Card, and has no plans for it to return.

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.[5] Some municipalities require ASE certification in order to be licensed for motor vehicle repairs, such as Broward[6] and Miami-Dade[7] counties of Florida.

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.

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "Want ASE Certification?". Defense Activity For Non-Traditional Education Support. Archived from the original on 31 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  4. ^ "ASE Certification Programs". Mechanic Career Now. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  5. ^ "Certifications for Automotive Technicians". Roseville, Michigan. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  6. ^ "Automotive Service Excellence". 
  7. ^ "Miami-Dade County Code, Chapter 8A, Article VIIA Motor Vehicle Repair Ordinance" (PDF). Miami-Dade County, Florida. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 

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