ASE Student Certification can be thought of as the first step in building a career as a service professional in the automotive industry. Whether marking the completion of career-entry studies in automotive technology, collision repair and refinishing, or medium/heavy-duty trucks, these tests can provide the student with their first industry-recognized certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

There are no work experience requirements for student certification; the student simply needs to pass one or more of the student certification tests. 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 test was taken.

NEW FOR 2013-2014
In a continuing effort to meet the evolving needs of education and industry, ASE and the sponsoring organizations have implemented significant changes for 2013-2014.

Expanded Test Windows

  • Fall Test Window Open: October 15, 2013 - January 31, 2014
  • Spring Test Window Open: March 17 - June 15, 2014

A single $30 fee per student, per academic year, allows the student to take any or all tests in a test series twice each year – once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Fall tests can be designated as a pretest for pre- and post-test score reporting.

Pretest Option – Fall Window
At the discretion of the school, schools have the option of designating each test administered in the fall as either a pretest or a regular test. The only difference being, pretest results do not appear on the state level score reports. Otherwise, there is no difference between a pretest and a regular test.

Important - Regardless of whether a test is designated as a pretest or post-test, each test may be administered only once per test window. Additionally, regardless of designation, all tests must be delivered in compliance with the testing policies for ASE Student Certification.

Student Insignias (Patches)
As an optional program, schools currently using the ASE Student Certification program may purchase student certification insignias and issue them to students who successfully pass one or more of the exams.


  • Suspension and Steering
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Engine Repair
  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Maintenance and Light Repair


  • Painting and Refinishing
  • Structural Analysis and Damage Repair
  • Non-structural Analysis and Damage Repair
  • Mechanical and Electrical


  • Diesel Engines
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Brakes
  • Steering & Suspension

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