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:
Provides a means of identifying
quality programs meeting national standards
Ensures that training received is
current, complete, and applicable
For the automotive service industry: