ASE Certification Requirements

ase certification requirements

How to Become ASE Certified

Technicians are allowed to take the ASE certification exam without any work experience but will not receive the certification, until the work experience requirements have been fulfilled.

Automotive technicians know what they are going to be up against when signing up to take the ASE certification exam and will make sure to prepare to get all the correct answers in order to pass the certification exam.  But preparing doesn't only apply to passing the test, technicians are expected to have hands on work experience related to the certificate they would like to acquire.

ASE Certification Requirements Experience with Certification Type

Getting your ASE certification means, technicians must pass an ASE certification test with the addition of applicable practical work experience. Work experience is not the same for all of the certification types, each exam has different experience requirements as listed below:

You may claim experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Repair Technicians are required to show 1, 2, or 3 years of work experience depending on the exam.  In order to take the G1 exam you currently need to have only 1 year of hands on experience. 
  •  In order to obtain the Parts Specialist certification a 2 year requirement is needed as a parts counterman, a management role in a retail or wholesale parts branch or in-house parts department.  The certification exams that require a 2 year history are the P1, P2 and P4 exams.
  • Collision Damage Estimator certification exam requires 2 years of automotive collision adjuster or estimator experience in order to obtain the required B6 certification.
  • In order to receive the automotive Service Consultant certification, there must be a 2 year experience as a service writer/consultant or service manager in order to take the C1 certification exam.

You may register and take tests (except for the X1, L1, and L2 tests) before you have the necessary experience. If you do so, you will receive a score report, but you will not earn certification or receive certificates until you fulfill the experience requirement.

There is a difference regarding the different types of work experience, repair technician experience will not be applicable to the separate service consultant, parts specialist, collision damage estimator requirement

ASE employment verification

ASE does reserve the right to verify your employment history with your current or previous employer.  Any false claims or representation of work experience may lead to ASE denying certification.

Substitutions to Fulfill ASE Certification Requirements

A substitution for relevant training is allowed by submitting a substitution form for some experience depending on the certification that is trying to be obtained.

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