A.S.E. Certification Programs for Vehicle Mechanics

The Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certificate program is designed for students seeking careers as ASE-certified automotive maintenance and repair technicians. Programs include lab work in addition to lectures and classroom assignments.

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Essential Information

ASE certificate programs are for individuals who plan to take the certifying exams. The certificate programs offer comprehensive training and instruction that cover most exam topics. Students have the option of specializing in areas such as electrical, chassis, engine and drive train. Requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent, and requisite coursework (for high school juniors and seniors).

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Certificate in Automotive Service Excellence

The ASE certificate program curriculum is comprised of theoretical and lab-based instruction, as well as lab-based training on various topics related to automotive maintenance and repair. Students take a general course of study such as automotive service technology, which encompasses a range of subjects, or select a specialization. ASE certifying tests include engine repair, automatic transmission, heating, air conditioning and brakes. Students may find it beneficial to focus their training on the particular certifying test(s) they are interested in. Typical courses may include:

  • Basic automotive technology
  • Brake systems
  • Automotive servicing
  • Suspension systems
  • Safety and emissions

Popular Career Options

Students who complete this certificate program may find employment at independent auto repair shops, dealerships or auto manufacturer service shops. Some specific occupations may choose include:

  • Light truck repair technician
  • Automobile repair technician
  • Advanced drivability specialist

Continuing Education Information

ASE-certified automotive technicians must re-qualify every five years to maintain their certification. Although these tests are shorter than the initial examinations, some technicians may consider enrolling in refresher courses to update themselves on the latest information and to enhance their understanding of specific areas.

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification programs offer training in subjects like electrical systems and engine repair. Students will be prepared for a number of certification exams.

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