Finding a competent auto repair technician should not be difficult... and with that guiding principle, the nonprofit, independent National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
(ASE) was founded in 1972.
The mission: was clear—develop a mechanism by which working auto technicians could prove their competency to themselves, their employers, and to consumers.
The solution: a series of national certification exams covering all major automotive repair and service specialties.
The result: an elite group of automotive service professionals
at work in repair establishments throughout the nation.
Consumers benefit from ASE's certification program since it takes much of the guesswork out of finding a competent technician.
In the past, any mechanic might do. Cars were simpler and less complex. But with the technology in today's vehicles, the margin for error is less. Mistakes can be costlier. It makes good sense to protect your vehicle through regular periodic maintenance and service performed by certified professionals.
ASE's program is voluntary. So those who have taken time and expense to earn ASE certification can be counted on to have a strong sense of pride in accomplishment, which should be good news for consumers.
Also, prior to taking ASE exams, many technicians attend training classes or study after work. This time they spend improving their skills is good news to consumers as well.
ASE certifies individual technicians-not repair establishments. But shop owners who encourage their technicians to become ASE certified usually hold high standards in most other areas of their businesses too.