Motorists Benefit From Certified Auto Technicians

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Consumers are keeping their cars longer in these tough economic times, and that means scheduling maintenance and repairs. But how can drivers ensure quality work on their vehicles? Motorists can find professional auto technicians by looking for national standards and qualifications.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, better known as ASE, conducts the only industry-wide, national testing and certification program for automotive technicians. Unlike vocational licensing, which is often little more than a work permit automatically issued by a government entity for a fee, technician certification offers real meaning and value to technician, employer and consumer alike.

ASE certification is voluntary. Many technicians pay for the testing fees themselves. Even if the technician passes his or her test, certification is not automatic. Candidates must also show two years of relevant work experience.

ASE certification is not for life. Technicians must recertify every five years in order to be up-to-date. Those who pass all eight automobile tests become Master Auto Technicians. There are certification tracks for other specialties as well.

Employers often support their technicians’ efforts to earn this national credential by covering the cost of testing, offering pay incentives for ASE tests passed and advertising their certified technicians. Keeping ASE-certified technicians on staff demonstrates the owner’s pride in their shop — they likely prove meticulous in other aspects of the business as well.

ASE certification signifies competent auto technicians, taking the guesswork out of the search for a reputable repair shop.

ASE-certified technicians wear shoulder insignia; their employers often post their technicians’ credentials in the customer waiting area and display the blue and white ASE sign (“The Blue Seal”) on the premises. Certified technicians can be found at all types of repair facilities, from dealerships and independent garages to franchises and service stations. Shops with a high percentage of ASE-certified technicians are eligible to join ASE’s elite Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition Program. Visit www.ase.com for car care tips.

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