The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence is an independent organization which certifies professionals in the auto repair industry. Earning this certification requires working for two years in the industry and passing exams.
Hands-on work experience can be performed as a repair technician, parts specialist, collision damage estimator, or service consultant. Technicians can schedule and take the required tests before or after completing the required work time. If the testing is completed before the work experience is finished, the ASE will provide a score report to document the testing.
Registering for ASE Certification
Applicants must register for certification during three-month registration periods, paying the applicable fee. Completion of the test must occur before the end of the registration period.
In 2012, the ASE discontinued all written testing, replacing it with computer-based testing for certification. Tests are offered year-round in test centers located across the country, and results are provided immediately.
After passing the test and satisfying work requirements, an auto repair technician receives an ASE shoulder insignia and a wall certificate to display in an automotive repair facility.