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Achieving ASE Certification for Automotive Training Programs The motor vehicle repair industry has taken on a new sophistication. It requires advanced technical training and computer literacy. Today's automotive technician must have:
  • Thorough knowledge of automotive systems and components
  • Good computer skills
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Above average mechanical aptitude 
  • Good reasoning ability ability to read and follow instructions
  • Manual dexterity 

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs as automotive service professionals will be plentiful for persons who finish training programs in high school, vocational or technical school, or community college.

To help vocational educators recruit, mentor, and train tomorrow's technicians, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offers certification for technician training programs. The purpose of the automotive technician training certification program is to improve the quality of training offered at secondary and post-secondary, public and proprietary schools.

Programs can earn ASE certification upon the recommendation of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NATEF was founded to develop, encourage, and improve automotive technician education. NATEF examines the structure and resources of training programs and evaluates them against nationally accepted standards of quality. NATEF's precise national standards reflect the skills that students must master. ASE certification through NATEF evaluation ensures that certified training programs meet or exceed industry-recognized, uniform standards of excellence.

Benefits of Certification

Certification of an automotive training program brings with it program credibility, prestige, recognition, and overall program improvement. The certification process benefits everyone: schools, students, future employers, and the automotive service industry. Specific benefits of program certification are noted below:

For schools, program certification:

  • Increases potential for funding from public and corporate sources

  • Provides a mechanism for recruiting students based on demonstrated program excellence

For students:

  • Provides a means of identifying quality programs meeting national standards

  • Ensures that training received is current, complete, and applicable

For employers:

  • Ensures a pool of well-trained' entry-level technicians

  • Encourages involvement with the schools through the advisory committee

For the automotive service industry:

  • Encourages respect for professions within automotive service

  • Increases professionalism within the industry

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