To become Automotive Service Excellence certified, an auto technician must have at least two years of experience and successfully pass an exam. Alternatively, a technician can have an adequate education and a single year of experience. A person becomes a master technician after passing eight exams.
Two years of experience can come from being a parts specialist, repair technician, service consultant or collision damage estimator. The specific amount of experience a technician needs for ASE certification depends on the individual test. Technicians can register to take an exam before they have the required experience, but they only receive a score report and not an official certification. Technicians can attain complete certification after gaining the requisite experience.
The eight different areas an auto technician can become certified in include brakes, transaxle/automatic transmission, engine performance, electronic/electrical systems, engine repair, suspension and steering, manual drive train and axles, and heating and air conditioning.
As of 2015, master technicians have to become recertified every five years in each area of testing. If even one testing area expires, the person loses his master technician designation, which he can regain by passing a recertification test. No matter how long it has been since a master technician lost his designation, he only has to pass a recertification test to reclaim it.