Employment opportunities for automotive service mechanics and technicians are projected to increase by 17% from 2010 to 2010.* Auto mechanic training and education is becoming a growing trend as the auto industry becomes more technologically advanced. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), a non-profit organization established over 40 years ago, offers professional certification for individuals in the automotive service and repair industry.
Steps to become ASE certified:
1. Obtain Training in Auto Mechanics and Repair
In this day and age auto mechanics must be more than just handy. Today’s cars are highly advanced and use complex computerized and electronic systems. Automotive service technicians are required to possess reading, math, and computer skills in addition to automotive specific knowledge. These skills can be learned through formal training in the classroom or online through technical and vocational education. Popular online schools now offer online auto mechanic programs and offer specializations in motorcycle mechanics, diesel mechanics, small engine repair, and general auto mechanics.
2. Obtain Relevant Work Experience
Two years of relevant work experience is not only necessary, it is required to receive certification. You may begin your career as a trainee or work as helper to an already ASE certified technician.
3. Prepare for the Exam
Preparation is key to passing the ASE exam. Technical and vocational schools may offer ASE certification prep courses. You may also utilize ASE study guides and practice exams via The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
4. Take the Exam
Once you have prepared for the ASE exam you will need to register to take the test at one of the more than 300 testing locations in the United States. ASE Certification exams are offered during two month windows, four times per year. ASE certification tests are now computer based which means you will receive your score prior to leaving the testing center.
5. Pass the Exam and Become ASE Certified
Pass the test and you will become ASE certified. Certification is valid for 5 years; you will be required to become recertified upon expiration.
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook