Auto Service World
Feature   March 1, 2000   by Susan Iorfida

Ace of ASE

Web Watch is a brief monthly feature that describes web sites worth visiting for auto service professionals. This month's site is the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, better known as ASE.

The Automotive Service Excellence web site is designed to improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of auto technicians.

The web site offers information on how to become an ASE member, special test centres and work experience requirements.

Candidates can register on this site to take one or more of ASE’s 23 exams.

Tests are grouped into specific sections for automobile, medium/ heavy truck, school bus, and collision repair technicians as well as engine machinists, alternate fuels technicians and parts specialist.

Technicians can achieve ASE certification upon passing at least one exam and after providing proof of two years of applicable work experience.

The site contains a virtual toolbox that is dedicated to professional service technicians and to students interested in starting an automotive career.

Instead of the hardware variety of tools, the drawers of the toolbox contain links to online sources of information related to inspection/ maintenance programs, career information and training resources.

Opening the iATN drawer allows users to network technicians around the world.

The international Automotive Technicians Network (iATN) is an ASE-sponsored, online community designed entirely for automotive service technicians.

ASE-certified technicians with the appropriate experience can join iATN for free.

Opening the Training Resources drawer gives users access to various online sources and entities that offer service information and training.

Users will also find links to information about emissions programs.

The site features information on how certification is obtained and allows you to register on line. SSGM

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