National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) works to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals. Today, more than 350,000 professionals hold ASE certifications, and work in every part of the automotive service industry. This nationwide organization was founded in 1972.

Why We Think ASE Certification Is Important

While you may get quality work from a technician who isn't ASE certified, with an ASE Certified Technician, the chances are better that your car will be repaired properly and quickly, saving you time and money.

Since ASE Certified Technicians must possess a certain level of education and experience for the area(s) of automobile repair for which they are certified, they should have:

  • A good educational background and understanding of the basic fundamentals. These fundamentals are the building blocks for advanced knowledge.
  • The technical knowledge needed to solve complicated problems and to keep up with increasingly complex technology
  • A high level of professionalism and dedication to their craft; they have gone the extra step

Types of ASE Certification

ASE Blue Seal of Excellence

Obtaining the Blue Seal of Excellence reflects the shop's serious commitment to performing quality repairs. There are only about 1,500 Blue Seal of Excellence repair shops nationwide.

  • Of the shop employees, 75 percent of all of the technicians and service writers must be ASE certified
  • Each area of service offered in the shop must be covered by at least one ASE Certified Technician. 

ASE Master Technician

Becoming certified in all eight areas of automobile repair reflects the technician's strong commitment to fully understanding the complexity of diagnosing and repairing cars and light trucks. There are currently 87,000 Master Technicians nationwide.

  • Must pass all eight of the automotive certification tests and have the required work experience

ASE Certified Technician

While still showing a commitment to providing quality repairs by becoming certified, this is the most basic level of certification. Even at this most basic level, nationwide only 250,000 of the nearly 800,000 technicians are currently ASE certified.

  • Must pass one or more of the ASE certification exams and have the required work experience


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