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TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION

Automotive Service Excellence

Until the early 1970s, consumers had no way to distinguish between incompetent and competent mechanics. In response to this need, the independent, non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was established in 1972.

ASE's mission is to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals.

At present there are over 420,000 professionals with current certifications. They work in every segment of the automotive service industry: car and truck dealerships, independent garages, fleets, service stations, franchises, and more.

Here's how ASE certification works: Prospective candidates register for and take one or more of ASE's 40-plus exams. The tests are grouped into specialties for automobile, medium/heavy truck, truck equipment, school bus, and collision repair technicians as well as engine machinists, alternate fuels technicians, parts specialists, collision damage estimators and auto service consultants.

Upon passing at least one exam and after providing proof of two years of relevant work experience, the test taker becomes ASE certified. Certification, however, is not for life. To remain certified, those with ASE credentials must be retested every five years.

The tests, which are conducted twice a year at over 700 locations around the country, are administered by ACT, known for its academic and occupational testing programs. The exams stress knowledge of job-related skills. They are no cinch to pass; approximately one out of three test takers fails.

Consumers benefit from ASE certification. It is a valuable yardstick by which to measure the knowledge and skills of individual technicians as well as the commitment to quality of the repair facility employing ASE-certified professionals.

ASE-certified professionals usually wear blue and white ASE insignia and carry credentials listing their exact area(s) of expertise (brakes, engine repair, etc.), while employers often display their technicians' credentials in the customer waiting area.

Consumers should look for facilities that display the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence© logo.

ASSOCIATIONS

  • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
  • Parts Plus
  • Car Care Aware

Testimonials

  • The service is always swift and dependable and the staff are great to deal with. I recommend them highly.
    -Thomas D.

  • Took my daughter's car in for something that I messed up and they very quickly found the problem and fixed it for a reasonable fee. I was very happy with this. Thanks
    -Dave D.

  • After spending $2k at a different shop trying to get the check engine light off on my 2001 Ram, D&D had the problem solved in less than an hour. I highly recommend this shop and will be returning to them for all of my vehicle repairs from now on.
    -Debbie S.

  • D & D are the only place I trust to work on my cars! They have always been prompt,courteous and fair priced. I give them the highest recommendation possible!
    -Len W.

  • I have been using D&D for about one year now and couldn't be happier, They charge a fair price and stand behind there work, I can honestly recommend them to anyone that needs work on there car or truck, My wife felt very comfortable as did my mother-in-law when dealing with them alone. My point is they treat woman well, As many places talk down to woman. So feel safe using them, they are honest and friendly.
    -Gerard R.

  • honest! that is the best way to describe them.
    -Wendy C.

  • I love that they are dependable and easy to set up appointments. Highly recommend.
    -Nora P.

  • I've been very happy with the work that D& D auto has done on our cars. They are honest and reliable. When I had a vehicle that would cost more to repair than the car was worth, they told me that instead of trying to just get more work for themselves. They have reasonable prices & work on your car when your appointment is scheduled.
    -Alisa R.

  • I bring all my vehicles to D&D Automotive ! We have had stellar work and customer service every time . From oil changes to Ac repair we have all of our vehicle needs met here . We get VIP service every time and we will alway recommend their service .
    -Bella P.

  • They were honest and had all the equipment to do what I needed done and didn't try to up sale me even though I told them there was electrical issues I gotta fix. I would definitely recommend plus its not half done work like most other shops in tucson.
    -Chirs P.