The ASE Student Certification program is specially designed to evaluate and certify students who are near the end of their studies in the areas of Automotive Technology. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) developed the exams in partnership with Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES), National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and SkillsUSA. The testing program’s independent assessment is a particularly valuable tool for instructors and administrators who are working to respond to today’s increasing demands for measurable outcomes and accountability. For students, ASE Student Certification can be thought of as the first step in building a career as a service professional by providing them with their first industry-recognized certification through ASE.
The student needs to pass one or more of the student certification exams. Upon successful completion of an exam, the school prints the certificate has it signed by the school principal or proctor for validation and then awards it to the student. Student certification is valid for two years from the date the exam was taken. All tests are administered at the school through a secure computer-based testing (CBT) platform delivered via the Internet. A proctor, who is a staff person other than an automotive instructor, enables the exam for students and monitors their test sessions.
Integrated throughout the course are standards for Career Ready Practice and Academic Content Standards which include: appropriate technical skills, industry vocabulary and academic knowledge; communication skills; career planning; applied technology; critical thinking and problem-solving; personal health and financial literacy; citizenship, integrity, ethical leadership and effective management; work productively while integrating cultural and global competence; creativity and innovation; reliable research strategies, and environment, social and economic impacts of decisions.