ASE Certification Requirements- Tips And Advice On How to Get One

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If you work with cars or are interested in becoming a professional auto mechanic in the future, there are several ways you can improve your standing both with potential employers and clients. Receiving training at technical schools and apprenticing at local garages will help build your background as you increase your knowledge base. However, the best way to show to clients that you know what you're talking about is becoming ASE certified. ASE certifications are the most valuable certifications you can receive in the automotive repair industry; so, if you want to elevate yourself above the competition, you need to think about obtaining an ASE certification.

How to Get ASE Certification

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ASE is short for Automotive Service Excellence; the full title is the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. This is a nationally recognized, independent, and non-profit organization designed to ensure only qualified individuals receive these credentials. It's there to help recognize professionals in their line of work, while also providing clients with the peace of mind regarding the kind of mechanic they have working on their car. Many car owners do not know how to fix their own cars, so they need a professional with demonstrated experience. ASE certification is one of the most desired certifications in the field for this exact reason.

More Information Regarding ASE

The ASE has been in existence and providing certifications to automotive mechanics since 1972. A company featuring ASE certified mechanics lets customers know they will work with a trained professional who knows how to work on their vehicle.

The ASE certification tests are written by a panel of seasoned automotive professionals who work within the industry, as well as other executives and manufacturers; this includes both car companies and aftermarket manufacturers. The tests are created to ensure everything a mechanic needs to know is covered.

Testing for Certification

Enter your text heThere are several steps you must accomplish in order to become ASE certified and receive your ASE certification. First, you need to pass the provided test. You can take the test prior to any work experience, so if you're just starting out, you can still apply for the testing. You will not receive the ASE certification until after you complete the second portion of the certification. However, applying early ensures that you will not need to wait.re...

There are several steps you must accomplish in order to become ASE certified and receive your ASE certification. First, you need to pass the provided test. You can take the test prior to any work experience, so if you're just starting out, you can still apply for the testing. You will not receive the ASE certification until after you complete the second portion of the certification. However, applying early ensures that you will not need to wait.

There are over 300 different testing locations around the United States, so you shouldn't have trouble locating a facility that offers the test. The test is Internet-based, so you will receive your results immediately. If you pass the test, you will receive this confirmation. If you don't pass, you are able to register for the test again. The tests are administered in two-month windows, so you will probably need to wait to take the test again. Should you fail to pass the test within the two-month window, it will provide you with additional time to study the next time around.

When you do take the test, your ASE certification is good for five years. Upon the expiration of your certification, you will need to take the test again.

Testing Options

There are different tests available. Each focuses on a different area of the vehicle. These tests are broken down into letter categories. The "A Series" is the most important and covers automotive and light truck certifications. The "B Series" is for collision repair and refinish certification. There are over a dozen different certification series, which are then broken down into additional certifications. Some of these other test series include: Transit Bus Certification, Parts Specialist Certification, Undercar Specialist Exhaust System, Automobile Equipment Certification Test, Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair Certification Test.

It's best to get a certification in the 'A Series' first and then go on for specialized certification if there is a niche of automotive work that you're interested in.

Master Certification

With getting an ASE Master Certification comes several benefits. Not only does it show that you can work on nearly any area of a vehicle, but it also helps increase your earning potential.

Each series has a different Master Certification program. However, in terms of most automotive work on light trucks and cars, you'll want the 'A Series' certification; that is, unless you'd rather become a Master Certified Technician on school buses or other specialty vehicles.

With regards to the Series A Master Certification, there are 8 tests you'll need to pass.

These tests are:

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  • Automotive transmission/transaxle
  • Engine performance
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Engine repair
  • Manual drive train and axels
  • Electrical/electronic systems
  • Suspension and steering
  • Brakes

Once you have passed all of these tests, you'll receive your Master Certification. You'll also receive additional recognition and, more than likely, a pay raise where you work.

Experience Needed by Certification Type

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The second aspect of becoming ASE certified is to have demonstrated work experience. The amount of work experience you need varies based on the kind of automotive professional you're interested in receiving certification for.

If you're interested in becoming a repair technician, you will need to prove at least one to three years of work experience. The length of work experience depends on the exam you're taking. If you are interested in becoming a parts specialist and receiving your parts specialist certification, you need at least two years of work experience. The same is true if you want to become a collision damage estimator or a service consultant.

Proving Your Work Experience

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In order to receive your ASE certification, you'll need to prove your work experience. This is a straightforward process, so you shouldn't have much of an issue with it.

You'll need to head over to the ASE CRM website. Here you'll find the certification experience form. This form will ask you for your mailing address, date of birth, phone number and your ASE ID number. Make sure your ASE ID number is correct otherwise you will run into problems with the certification as your certification and the work experience information will not line up.

The second portion of the form asks about your current and most recent workplace. Include the information and contact details regarding your work, then include whether you're part-time or full-time. You'll also need to add how many hours per week you work. Make sure this information is accurate as they will check with your employer.

Attaching Work Documents

You need to attach documents proving your line of work and that you have worked the time you say you have. There are different forms of documentation the ASE certification will accept. If you've received a former education (such as through a trade school), education through the military, or through a Canadian automotive repair service, the ASE CRM website will have the appropriate downloads for you. Some of these forms include the SMART, AARTS, your official transcript, Program Completion Certification, and others.

Other forms you can include I-CAR Platinum individual forms, self-employment documentation and any other previous workplace documentation you want to report.

Details of Experience

You need to tell the ASE certification board what kind of experience you received and what kind of automobile repair certification you're using it for. Check off the kind of work you've performed from the list ASE offers you. Some of these points include hybrid systems, heating and A/C, exhaust systems, gasoline engine repair, diesel engine repair, hydraulic brakes, and several others. Check off each one that you've worked with and then include the total number of years of work in the given field.

There are different selection options if you're applying for one of the other non-Series A tests, such as parts specialist, M/H truck, school bus, and transit bus repair or others.

Attach and Submit

After you have checked off everything and included the time you've worked in the given fields, you'll need to click the "Attach Files" and choose the files you want to attach. These are the official documents you received from your school or other work location. It's always best to submit more of your work certification forms than to send fewer. You don't want to be forced to go through the entire process again and delay receiving your certification because they did not receive all your paperwork.

Once all the documentation has finished uploading to the online form, click "Submit." You'll receive a confirmation message and, from there, you'll need to wait to get word back from the ASE regarding your completed ASE certification.

Conclusion

If you are serious about working with vehicles and want to work as a mechanic for the foreseeable future, you owe it to yourself to get ASE certification. Whether you become certified in one specialty or you go for the Master Certification level, it is important for you to do what you can to receive these certifications. You will need to prove your work experience and take the certification test, but once you do this and pass the requirements, you'll receive the certification. This certification will instantly tell potential customers of your reliability, knowledge and your skill at repairing their vehicle. It should also increase your earning potential.

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