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How long does an ASE certification last?

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ASE certifications are valid for five years, as the Houston Chronicle claims. Mechanics may renew ASE certifications by taking certification tests again for any desired certifications.

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Certifications are available to mechanics with two years of relevant work experience and passing scores on the relevant ASE exams, as the Houston Chronicle reports. Obtaining a certification is typically not legally required for employment as a mechanic but may be required by some employers, such as dealerships or major shops. Exams are located at test centers within various states and are scheduled throughout the year. Certification exams typically cost between $30 and $90, and advanced tests may last as long as two hours. Exams are usually administered by computer and ask around 60 questions with fewer questions asked on re-certification exams.

ASE certifications cover a variety of vehicle maintenance topics including engine repair, electrical systems, exhaust, brake maintenance and other vehicle systems. Specialist certifications are available that cover topics such as automotive body repair. A Master Technician designation is available to mechanics who pass multiple exams within the same specialty. Multiple certifications are possible and may be necessary for some mechanic jobs. Preparation and refresher classes are available for exam and certification preparation.

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