Aspiring automotive technicians and service professionals take the test to become certified through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) as a demonstration of their technical skills and qualifications to potential employers. Automotive technicians must retest every five years to maintain certification.
In addition to passing the ASE test, candidates must possess two years of job training or one year of job training and a two year degree in auto repair in order to be certified. ASE offers over 40 exams grouped into six specialties: cars and light trucks, collision repair, medium-heavy trucks, truck equipment, school and transit buses and auto and truck parts. Cost for certification includes registration fee and itemized fees for each test taken. Practice tests, study guides, and other training resources are available on the ASE website.
There are over 300,000 ASE certified automotive professionals, according to the Winter 2015 ASE test administration. Job seekers with ASE certifications are more employable that those who are not certified because they have already demonstrated that they are competent and can perform up to industry standards. Having ASE certifications in multiple areas increases employability and the potential to earn a higher salary. Certified Master Automotive Technicians are the highest paid of the automotive professionals, as stated by Automechanicschools.net.