Well fortunately, there is a national program in place that eliminates all the guess work involved in finding a reliable mechanic. It is called ASE certification, and it proves that an individual is a legitimate industry specialist. Continue reading to learn about ASE certifications, and why it is important to choose a mechanic with this type of professional accreditation.
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) created a national, non-profit program that helps car owners find reliable auto repair, and allows mechanics stand out from their competitors. ASE tests and certifies the technical competence of individual automotive professionals (not auto repair facilities) in all areas of major automotive service and repair. Testing is extensive and comprehensive, including several hands-on tests, but also 8 written exams: Engine Repair, Engine Performance, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Brakes, Heating and Air Conditioning, Suspension and Steering, Manual Drive Train and Axles, and Automatic Transmissions. There are also exams for specialty services like collision repair, painting, and more.
Prior to testing, automotive professionals generally take training classes, complete educational courses, and study extensively for quite some time. When an automotive professional completes and passes all ASE testing, they earn “Master Technician Status” and receive their official ASE certification. It proves their skill and adeptness to employers and clients alike, but only lasts 5 years. This means mechanics must retest prior to their certification expiration to be re-certified. ASE tests are administered in over 400 locations throughout the country, by a well-known testing organization called Prometric.
Finding Reliable Auto Repair
It is very important to look for ASE certification if you care about hiring a mechanic that can get the job done right the first time, and in a convenient time frame. You won’t have to worry about choosing a “fly-by-the-night” auto garage ever again.