How Do You Become a Certified Auto Technician?
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has been a part of the automotive industry since 1972. Not only do they help to promote outstanding auto service and repair, but they also have tests for automotive technicians to become certified auto technicians.
Automotive Training Center can set you on the right path to becoming not just an automotive technician, but an ASE-certified technician. Learn what it takes to become ASE-certified and see how it can benefit your career.
Preparing for ASE Certification
The vehicles of today are complex bodies of work, and require technicians to have relevant skills when it comes to computerized and electronic systems. Classroom and hands-on training prepares graduates for a successful career in the automotive industry. ASE certification is a way to enhance knowledge and can separate you from other auto technicians who do not have the same training and expertise.
ASE certification is a solo venture. Every person within a service facility can be a certified technician, but a shop itself cannot be. This accreditation program requires two years of on-the-job training, which can be started during your time at ATC. There are over 40 ASE certification tests available, covering just about every part of the service and repair industry.
Taking the Test
The Automobile & Light Truck Certification from ASE is the most common set of tests offered. Technicians will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of cars, SUVs, and light-duty trucks. Tests include:
- A1 – Engine Repair
- A2 – Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
- A3 – Manual Drivetrain & Axles
- A4 – Suspension & Steering
- A5 – Brakes
- A6 – Electrical/Electronic Systems
- A7 – Heating & Air Conditioning
- A8 – Engine Performance
- A9 – Light Vehicle Diesel Engines
Each test has between 40 and 50 multiple-choice questions. These tests are created by automotive professionals, technicians, and manufacturers, designed to be process-driven, real-world questions. Study guides are available, and there are sample questions which will prepare you for the day of the test.
Benefits of Becoming Certified
Many technicians carry some level of ASE certification with them when they head to work each day. There’s certainly good reason for that, as there are many benefits of ASE certification. Let’s take a brief look at some of them.
Providing a higher level of service to customers. Drivers expect the best. Cars are complex, and customers want clear, concise answers. Certification is a way of showing them you care about what you do each day, and that you are committed to providing knowledgeable solutions.
Increase earnings. Salary can be directly tied to education and performance. If you commit to certification and work on perfecting your skills, it can mean a promotion or bigger paycheck down the road.
Becoming an attractive candidate. Many automotive shops often look for the best and brightest. This certification shows you’re committed to excellence, taking on optional coursework designed to better yourself.
Along with ASE certification, manufacturer certification is something you may consider, too. This can give you an advantage if applying to jobs with a dealership that sells a certain manufacturer vehicle.
Becoming a Certified Automotive Technician
Automotive Training Center offers students the chance to learn all about the automotive industry, and also take the first steps to becoming a certified technician.
We invite you to check out our Automotive Technology Career Guide eBook, to see the kind of career that may be available to you.
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