ASE Certification is the process by which a motivated mechanic proves his technical knowledge through standardized testing. It is entirely optional whether a mechanic chooses to undergo the rigorous testing process. For our purposes, there are eight (8) automotive/light truck tests of approximately one hour’s length each to prove expertise in the following categories, in order from test A1 to A8: engine repair, automatic transmissions, manual transmissions, steering and suspension, brakes, electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance. Once a mechanic has passed all eight, he is a certified Master Technician. After completing the A8, which focuses on the theoretical operation of engines and the relationship with electrical controls, a mechanic has the option of pursuing more certification in diagnosis called the Advanced Level Specialist (L1).
At Art’s Automotive, nearly all of us are ASE certified (including the office guys), and the majority of us has their Advanced Specialist L1. Some of us have more than the Automotive series of testing, including Alternative Fuels Vehicles, Machinist, and the California Smog Technician license (which requires ASE L1, as well as California State testing). Our mechanics may also have formalized schooling at automotive technical institutes, and many have more years of work experience than I have been alive (I’m 28 at time of writing)!
Visit the ASE website for more information. Here are some excerpts:
Until the early 1970s, consumers had no way to distinguish between incompetent and competent mechanics. In response to this need, the independent, non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was established in 1972.
ASE’s mission is to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals.
Motorists benefit from ASE certification. It is a valuable yardstick by which to measure the knowledge and skills of individual technicians as well as the commitment to quality of the repair facility employing ASE-Certified professionals.
The independent, non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was established in 1972 to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the voluntary testing and certification of technicians and other automotive service professionals. ASE also encourages and assists in the development of automotive training programs.