What does ASE really mean? And why care?
So you’ve seen “ASE” all over our website. And on the plaques going back years on the walls of our waiting room. Have you ever wondered about what "ASE" is and why it matters so much to us? "ASE" is the acronym of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. The idea behind ASE is peace of mind for everyone involved in car care. Technicians are able to prove their knowledge and experience to shop owners. And shop owners, in turn, can be upfront about what kind of services their customers can expect. So that all sounds great but how does it work?
In order to qualify for ASE Certification, a technician must meet the following requirements: 1) pass an ASE Certification test 2) have two years of on the job training OR 2) one year of on the job training and a two-year degree in automotive repair
And, according to the ASE website, only two out of three test-takers pass on their first attempt. Which is significant. Only automotive technicians who are serious about their career choice take these tests. To qualify to take the test, they have to have years of automotive experience. Written collectively by a panel of automotive industry experts, these tests are challenging. And if a technician has the experience and passes the test -- then what?
The automotive industry has evolved rapidly since its humble beginnings. How is it possible to be sure that the technician is capable of working on your new car? Each technician must retest every five years to retain their ASE Certification. This continual renewal ensures that technicians never stop learning. All ASE Certified technicians must have up-to-date knowledge in their fields.
What do I mean by fields? ASE offers FIFTY (50) tests! If you're curious or would like to know more about my certifications, you can take a look at the complete list here. I am an ASE Certified Service Consultant and an ASE Certified G1 Maintenance and Light Repair Technician.
The way I see it, becoming ASE Certified is an investment in myself and in my shop. It is a long process: gather the paperwork, review my understanding of certain concepts, learn the way other aspects have evolved, register for a test that does not interfere with my work schedule, pay the testing fee, and take the test. So why do it?
ASE sells its merchandise exclusively to technicians they have certified. So when you see my G1 patch or my Service Consultant pin, they mean something. I can wear those symbols because I have earned the right to do so. through my dedication, experience, and hard work, I became ASE Certified.