How Do You Get ASE Certified?


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Automotive Service Excellence certification is given to automotive technicians who pass the ASE test. In addition to the test, two years of on-the-job training, or a year of on the job training combined with a two-year degree in automotive repair is required.

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  1. Gain automotive technician experience

    The hands-on experience as an automotive technician is gained by working as an apprentice within the automotive industry. You can work as a repair technician, parts specialist, collision damage estimator or a service consultant, according to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. The apprenticeship lasts for one to three years. During the apprenticeship, specialize on the kind of certification you prefer to gain.

  2. Register for the ASE certification test

    Register online at the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence website for the ASE certification tests. There are over 40 tests that cover cars and light trucks, medium heavy truck, collision repair, truck equipment, school and transit buses, and auto and truck parts.

  3. Locate the test center, and request study materials

    The ASE website also has a listing of states in Canada and the United States where certification tests are taken. Locate the nearest center, and request the study guides. At the test time, carry the documentation showing proof of apprenticeship.

  4. Take the test every five years

    ASE certification is valid for five years. After this period, the National Institute for ASE requires technicians to take the test again to ensure they are keeping up with fresh advances in automotive technology.

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