What is an ASE Certified Mechanic?
As an AAR Mechanic, The Auto Repair Place only employs ASE Certified Mechanics. Most of our clients are familiar with the ASE label but are unsure of what this means when performing repairs. The ASE stands for the “National Institute for Automative Service Excellence.” Founded in 1972, the ASE is dedicated to improving the all-around quality of vehicle repair and service for mechanics across the United States and Canada.
How does the ASE improve repair and service quality?
The ASE offers a series of exams to help set and continually raise the standards for mechanical repairs. Finding a good mechanic is harder than ever for a car owner, and getting your car fixed isn’t as simple or straightforward as it used to be. Due to advances in technology, cars are more complex to repair than ever before. The technology to both diagnose and fix your vehicle has become more complex and, to top it all off, it changes frequently. Most of our vehicles are equipped to connect with our smartphones to entertain us and make it easier than ever to navigate the world. While these conveniences are welcome, it’s also making it harder than ever to make sure your car is fixed properly.
As ASE certified mechanics, we have to keep up with all these changes and make sure the most current knowledge and practices are applied during repairs. Going outside of the ASE network to get a repair done is a bigger risk than it ever was before.
How do you become an ASE Certified Mechanic?
Becoming an ASE certified mechanic is a mix of learning, test taking and on-the-job experience. You also need to decide which specific ASE certification that you want to be qualified for. While there are currently 300,000 certified ASE mechanics, this breaks down further to include specialties such as Service Consultants (17,587), Collision Damage Estimators (6,293), School Bus Technicians (4,405), Automobile Technicians (213,094) and much more!
To become an ASE certified mechanic, you must complete two years of hands-on work as a technician in the field of your choosing, which must be done in combination with taking a certification exam. The ASE tests aren’t easy and the information is constantly changing; in fact, only two of every three students pass on their first attempt. To remain ASE certified, professionals must retake the test every five years to keep up with the changing technology.
The ASE certification exams are created by a national panel of automotive industry executives and professionals. This includes working technicians, automobile manufacturers, educators and aftermarket manufacturers. The wide range of expertise and knowledge applied to the creation of each test ensures the ASE mechanics are completely up to speed with the best way to fix your car.
If you live in Boulder, Colorado and need to get your vehicle repaired, feel free to give us a call to schedule an appointment.