Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification has almost become mandatory if you are interested in a career in the automotive maintenance field. Most, smaller shops and all major dealerships now require you to be certified in at least one of the 14 fields that you can receive an ASE certification for.
To receive your ASE certification you have to meet two criteria. The first being two years verifiable experience and the other is to pass the certification exam for your particular field of interest. It is not necessary two have your two years in before you take the exam but you will not receive your certificate until you do.
Fields of Specialty
There are over 40 different tests that make up the 14 different series of ASE Certifications. These being:
- Auto Maintenance and Light Repair
- Certification Test (G1)
- Automobile & Light Truck Certification Tests (A Series)
- Collision Repair & Refinish Certification Tests (B Series)
- Damage Analysis & Estimating Certification Test (B6)
- Automobile Service Consultant Certification Test (C1)
- Truck Equipment Certification Tests (E Series)
- Alternate Fuels Certification Test (F1)
- Transit Bus Certification Tests (H Series)
- Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Certification Test (L1)
- Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis Specialist Certification Test (L2)
- Engine Machinist Certification Tests (M Series)
- School Bus Certification Tests (S Series)
- Medium-Heavy Truck Certification Tests (T Series)
- Parts Specialist Certification Tests (P Series)
- Undercar Specialist Exhaust Systems Test (X1)
Passing any of the tests will get you your certification and passing two or more will help you receive your ASE Masters Certification.
Receiving your ASE Certification tells potential employers or customers that you know what you are doing. Most shops will hire you as soon as you pass your examines and many will hire you on the contingency that you receive your ASE Certification within a certain period of time.
ASE certified mechanic at a busy shop can expect to make up to two or three times as much as an uncertified mechanic. This is a very large difference and definitely makes taking the time to study worthwhile.