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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.

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Testimonials

  • im and his staff do great work and get it done fast. Very satisfied with the service and price. They were able to get my car back on the road on very short notice. I will be going back to see them soon for some preventative maintenance. Thanks guys!
    -Chris S.

  • Highly recommended. I have been having Beechwood Automotive service my vehicles for 5 or 6 years now. Jim has always gone the extra mile to earn my business. From oil changes to mechanical repairs, he has always given fast service at an affordable price.
    -Anonymous

  • Fast, courteous, & reliable service. I have been going to Beechwood Automotive for several years and am extremely satisfied. I feel comfortable going to Beechwood and do not worry about being taken advantage of like I have at some other places.
    -Anonymous

  • Excellent! Jim is very knowledgeable and thorough. He gathered as much information from me as he could about what the vehicle was doing, and quickly had an idea of what might be the problem. While he spent a lot of time with my vehicle (it was a bit of a stumper), he did not charge me an arm and a leg to do so. I appreciated his honesty and did not feel like I was being taken advantage of at all. I would definitely recommend Beechwood Automotive to my friends and family.
    -Kelly M.

  • very honest people. very friendly. my car was broke down. i brought it to them. they had me fixed up in no time. fast and cheap. very happy i would recommend them to everyone. defiantly going back. thanks Jim
    -Kevin F.