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ASE and Automotive Manufacturer Certifications

ASE automotive training programs and manufacturer specializations allow students to train for rewarding careers with world-class manufacturers. Common certifications include:

  • ASE
  • Ford ASSET

More: All ASE practice tests

ASE Certification Programs

The ASE (The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) is a non-profit organization created to promote the best in automotive repair. The organization's certifications for auto mechanics are the mechanical industry's standard of excellence.

Mechanics looking to become ASE certified must have at least 2 years of on-the-job training or 1 year of on-the-job training plus a 2-year training degree. The test material can be challenging. You will need to be prepared with the proper knowledge beforehand. A trade school program or community college program can prepare you; find mechanic training near you. 

To maintain an ASE certification, automotive professionals must be retested every five years. However, achieving a passing grade on your ASE exam is well worth the time and effort, as it can help open doors professionally and financially.

Find out about more ASE Certification options available to you.

Ford ASSET Certification

Those looking to specialize in Ford or Lincoln vehicles should look for the Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) program. The program is only available at certain community colleges, but is a great start to a career as a Ford mechanic.

The Ford ASSET program is a 2-year program where students receive an associate degree in automotive technology upon graduation. The specialized program prepares students for service and repair positions in Ford and Lincoln dealerships, by providing them with the job competencies and skills required for entry-level employment.

ASSET also offers students the chance to participate in a co-op at a local Ford or Lincoln dealer. This means the student will rotate between the classroom and dealership throughout the duration of the program, blending classroom instruction with hands-on learning.

GM ASEP Certification

The GM ASEP program prepares students for careers as GM mechanics, working on Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles. GM ASEP is a joint effort between GM, GM dealers, ACDelco Professional Service Center Program Members, and select colleges across the United States and Canada.

The GM training program combines state-of-the-art automotive service with academic coursework and real-world internship experiences. Students receive a strong academic foundation in math, reading and electronics. Upon graduation, students will earn an associate degree in Automotive Technology.

GM ASEP students will alternate between the classroom and hands-on working experience at a GM dealership or ACDelco Professional Service Center. The combination of school and work provides students with invaluable work experience.

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