This article will help you understand what extended auto warranty companies, mechanical breakdown insurance companies, and auto mechanical repair clubs like ours are referring to when we speak of ASE certified mechanics.
The ASE acronym for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, an independent test, nonprofit and certification organization dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service.
The ASE certification is currently well over 420,000 automotive service professionals. These professionals work in all sectors of industry, heavy truck dealers small-town garages.
The ASE was created to help consumers in choosing a competent and qualified mechanic to service vehicles. Before the founding of the ASE, the only way to choose a mechanic was by word of mouth.
Although this remains a very viable and reliable way to select your service technician. Many times the de-personalization of services provided at large dealerships and garages means you will never meet with your mechanic.
So, it’s good to know that a shop or garage has certified service technicians.
The certification process to become certified ASE is quite rigorous. Candidates must register and pass one or more of the ASE exams, and there are more than 40 tests to choose from.
Most ASE certified mechanics must pass several tests grouped into specialties such as automobiles, heavy trucks, school buses, collision repair, alternative fuels, parts, service, and collision damage estimate.
After passing the certification exam, the applicant also must provide proof of two years relevant work experience. After certification, technicians much be retested every five years to maintain certification.
Take note, because the mechanic isn’t an ASE certified mechanic doesn’t mean they are not qualified. It simply means that they haven’t gone through or have chosen not to participate in the tests and procedures established by the ASE.
Many garages and most dealership will require that their technicians are ASE certified, however it is still possible to find a very competent and qualified mechanic who is not ASE certified and decides not to be for a variety of reasons.
ASE certified technicians can usually be identified by the blue and white ASE certified patches proudly wear on their uniforms. It is not easy to become certified ASE – ASE itself reports that one in three considered not – and the technicians are usually quite happy to show their association with the ASE.
In addition, most employers are relevant employee credentials that customers can easily see.