You’ve seen the sign. You’ve heard people mention it. But, what does ASE certified mean to you?
Believe it or not – it’s not just another acronym. It really means something, and it’s important that you consider it when selecting an auto repair shop for your vehicle. ASE comes from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence, and Master Technician status is when a technician passes and receives certification in all required testing areas.
The ASE tests are divided into test series, and they each cover specific disciplines within the automotive industry. When technicians are certified in tests A1 – A8 they are designated as Master Automobile Technicians. Upon becoming certified in test T2 – T8 they receive the designation of Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technicians. They also need B2 – B5 for collision repair, S1 – S6 for school bus, H1 or H2, plus H3 – H8 for transit bus and E1 – E3 for truck equipment. Once all certifications are complete they qualify as an ASE Master Technician.
This is not a once and done certification. Like many other certifications (for instance accountants, IT professionals, and others), it is important to continue your education and keep your certification current. Each Master Technician must recertify each test area every five years – letting any single requried certification expire will result in losing your status as a Master Technician.
When selecting a repair shop and technician, knowing they are ASE certified should be one of the key factors you consider when making your decision. What you need to know is, all repair shops with at least one ASE technician is permitted to display the ASE sign. What you may not realize when you see this sign is the fact that it may not be related to any of the technicians they have on the shop floor. If the owner is an ASE Master Technician, but not servicing vehicles, they can still display the sign.
Wouldn’t you prefer to have ASE Master Technicians on the shop floor? Of course, you would! That’s why Ricky Jordan’s Auto Repair employees ASE Master Technicians to work on our customer’s vehicles.
Perhaps when you are making your final decision on a repair shop you consider price first. We all like to save money, don’t we? Even though it is great to save money instantly, when it comes to your vehicle it makes sense to consider the long term effects of using a quality shop and technicians to maintain your car. Proper care and maintenance can, and will, extend the life of your vehicle. And part of that is ensuring you are working with a reputable shop with highly qualified technicians.
You will never have to question this when you bring your car to Ricky Jordan’s Auto Repair. Our staff is fully trained on the most current updates related to all vehicles that come through our doors. We will never leave you guessing if you made the right decision.