Different levels of ASE Certifications
What is ASE?
ASE stands for National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
You may have seen the ASE blue logo at a repair shop or seen an ASE blue patch on the Technician's uniform. ASE is a national testing organization which sets standards for automotive technicians. To become certified by ASE, a technician first must have experience on a particular system, then take and pass the ASE test for that system. All ASE certifications are valid for 5 years, then the Technician must re-take and pass the current test to be re-certified on that particular system.
Example: a automotive technician has been working at a brake repair shop for a year and wants to become certified on brakes. Since he has qualified the experience criteria for brakes, he may take the ASE test. Once the Technician passes the ASE test on brakes, he is then given a "ASE Certification on Brakes". The Technician can now wear the ASE blue patch and display the ASE logo at his place of work.
Technicians can be tested and certified on any of the 8 general automotive areas (see below). If a Technician is certified in all 8 mechanical and electrical systems, he is then know as a ASE Master Certified Technician.
When you see the ASE logo at a repair facility, be aware, that not all the mechanics at the shop need to be ASE Certified. Unless you ask, you don't know if the mechanic working on your car is ASE Certified in that area.
Today's automobiles are so technologically advanced that most Technicians specialize in just a few areas. A Technician that has the experience level on every mechanical and electrical system, and has been certified by ASE in all 8 automotive testing areas (see below), is given the "Masters Certification".
A Master Certification is very difficult to accomplish. Most repair shops do not employ a Master Technician. If they do, the Master Technician is usually the highest paid Technician and works on the most complicated repairs.
Here are the 8 automotive areas
needed to pass be become an
Certified Master Technician:
1) Structural Analysis (frame)
A pre-purchase inspection should be performed by a person that is a ASE Master Technician, PLUS ASE Certified in Structural and Non-Structural Analysis (body & frame).
The #1 reason vehicles with existing problems are purchased is the buyers' inability to determine the current condition before purchase.
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