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What are ASE, and ASE Master Certifications? 

ASE stands for National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (www.asecert.org)

You may have seen the ASE blue logo at a repair shop or seen the ASE blue patch on the sleeve of a Technician. ASE is a national testing organization which sets standards for automotive technicians. To become certified by ASE, a technician first must have experience on a particular system, then take and pass the ASE test for that system. All ASE certifications are valid for 4 years, then the Technician must re-take and pass the updated test to be re-certified on that particular system.

Example; a technician has been working at a brake repair shop for a year and wants to become certified on brakes. Since he has qualified the experience criteria for brakes, he may take the ASE test. Once the Technician passes the ASE test on brakes, he is then given a "ASE Certification on Brakes". The Technician can now wear the ASE blue patch and display the ASE logo at his place of work.

Different levels of ASE Certifications for qualified Technicians

When you see the ASE logo at a repair facility, be aware, that not all the mechanics at the shop need to be certified. Unless you ask, you don't know if the mechanic working on your car is certified, or which type of certification he has achieved.

Today's automobiles are so technologically advanced that most Technicians specialize in just a few areas. The more ASE certifications the Technician has, the better his pay and his employment. Technicians can be tested and certified on any of the 8 general automotive areas (see below).

**If a Technician is  certified in all of the 8 areas, he is then know as a ASE Master Certified Technician. A Master Certification is very difficult to accomplish. Most repair shops do not employ a Master Technician.

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Very Important!

Make sure that the Technician that will perform your major auto repairs is an ASE MASTER TECHNICIAN.