Five decades later, ASE’s mission has not changed. But the scope of its testing and certifications has certainly evolved, notes Serratore.
Initially, ASE only offered four automotive certification tests – engine, fuel, ignition, and exhaust systems; transmissions, axles and transmissions; wheels and steering, suspension and braking systems; and electrical and air conditioning systems.
Today, the organization offers 58 certification tests in 18 different service categories, including automobiles and light trucks, damage analysis and assessment, advanced engine performance, transit buses and school trucks, and medium and heavy trucks.
Technicians who pass the series of tests offered in each category earn a “master” designation.
Additionally, testing has evolved from old-fashioned forms with pencil and paper filling in the dots to online computerized testing platforms.
“Technicians used to go to community colleges to take the certification tests,” Serratore says. “Now they take them to computer testing centers that provide scores right away.”
Another sign of the times: Starting in 2018, the group offered technicians an ASE renewal app that helps them track their certifications, as well as get one-year extensions of a particular certification by taking quizzes. on line.
To date, 11,000 technicians have subscribed to the application, according to the group.
ASE does not write test questions. Instead, it relies on input from a panel of seasoned industry professionals that includes subject matter experts, OEM representatives, field technicians, service managers, parts manufacturers aftermarket and repair shop owners. Subject matter experts then write the questions, Serratore says.