This certification seeks to identify and recognize those Automobile and Light Truck (up to Class 3) Technicians who can demonstrate knowledge of the skills necessary to diagnose, service, and repair cars, SUVs, and light duty trucks. This exam covers brakes.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) promotes excellence in automotive repair and service. Over 300,000 Automotive Technician and Service Professionals hold ASE Certifications. ASE Certified Technicians work in every part of the automotive service industry.
To become ASE certified you must pass one or more of the ASE certification exams and present proof of at least two years of relevant work experience.
Advanced-Level certification (tests L1, L2 and L3) requires an additional year of experience beyond the two-year Repair Technician requirement, for a total of three years.
You may substitute relevant formal training for up to one half of the work experience requirement.
ASE certifications tests are given at Prometric test centers which are conveniently located across the United States and Canada.
ASE tests and certifies automotive professionals so that shop owners and service customers can better gauge a technician's level of expertise before contracting their services. The tangible proof of technical knowledge indicated by ASE Certification not only grants credibility for independent technicians, it also provides peace of mind for hiring managers and increased employability.
When you earn ASE certification, you receive wallet and wall credentials, plus an appropriate sleeve insignia or lapel pin set. You will also receive ASE's Blue Seal Tech News newsletter.
ASE certification tests generally include between 40 and 75 scored, multiple-choice questions measuring your knowledge in various content areas. Each test may also include ten or more non-scored additional questions, included for statistical research purposes only. Answers to these questions do not affect your test score, but since they are not separately identified in the test, you should answer all questions to the best of your ability.
There is a $36 non-refundable registration fee per person each testing period. In addition, there is a $37 test fee per test ($74 each for the L1 and L2 tests). Recertification tests fees are the same, except that they are capped at $111. This only limits the amount you pay to take recertification tests, not the number of recertification tests that you can take.
To remain certified in any of the ASE specialty areas, you must take and pass a recertification test every five years.
Technicians certified in tests A1 – A8 are recognized as ASE-Certified Master Automobile Technicians.