Back in the day, finding a competent auto technician was a big challenge. You would need to research through long lists of names as you compared different repair shops. And in the end, you still risked settling for an above-average technician. Not anymore. Thanks to a certification program put in place by ASE, finding a professional auto technician is now much simpler.
What is ASE?
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, ASE, tests and certifies automotive professionals in all major technical areas of service and repair. Started in 1972, the program brings peace of mind and security to vehicle owners by ensuring high level professionalism, proper training, and continued education to all its members. Currently, the organization boasts more than 40,000 professionals throughout the country.
An auto repair shop is allowed to display the Blue and White ASE Certification sign in their shop even if only one of their technicians is certified. But, in a bid to exceed industry standards, some auto shops, such as Brown’s Collision Center, now boast several ASE Certified technicians within the same shop. In fact, at Brown’s Collision Center, the certification is now one of the requirements when hiring new staff.
When shopping for a repair technician, you’re allowed to ask for the ASE certification. Simply come to the shop, demand to see only an ASE certified technician, and ask to see their certificate before you give them the job. It’s one of the best ways to find excellent services in an increasingly saturated industry.
How the ASE Certification works
ASE tests and certifies the competence of individual technicians, not facilities. It all begins with an auto technician applying for the certification. There are very specific requirements that a person must meet to be allowed to apply for the certification. For instance, the applicant must have at least two years of hands-on work experience in the automotive industry. Also, one must be able to pass at least one of the two specialty ASE exams.
ASE exams are offered twice a year and cover an array of subjects, including:
- Engine Performance
- Manual Drive Train and Axles
- Electric/Electrical Systems
- Suspension and Steering
- Heating and Air Conditioning
- Automatic Transmission
The exams are administered by ACT, the body that also administers most college entrance examinations, and are developed by industry experts with oversight from ASE’s top experts.
Candidates typically select which tests they would like to take and are required to retake the tests every five years to keep up with technological developments. If a technician fails to re-take the test after five years, their certification expires, and they can no longer claim to be ASE Certified.
Benefits of ASE Certification to Car Owners
As a car owner, you want your car to remain in the best shape forever. And, in the event of a collision or any other kind of damage, you want the car repaired quickly and professionally. ASE certified technicians and shops, in general, are your best option because:
- ASE Certified technicians are professional
- They have specialty knowledge in specific areas
- The professionals are technologically up to date
Thanks to continued education, ASE certified technicians also have a greater mastery in basic auto servicing and repair compared to non-certified technicians.
Speak to a Certified Technician
Need auto repair or servicing in North West Arkansas? Contact Brown’s Collision Center at 479-273-2639 today to speak to an ASE certified professional. Alternatively, visit us at 1450 SE J Street Bentonville, AR for a free estimate. We’re open 24/7!