The ASE Vision Statement encompasses a number of areas wherein the organization seeks to play an important role in helping both entry-level and senior technicians with end-to-end career management services. To help achieve that vision, ASE has formed relationships with key organizations in the educational community. Since lifelong learning is one of the keys to success in the automotive service industry, the members of the ASE Industry Education Alliance are uniquely positioned to help recruit and train entry-level individuals and provide both technical and development training to working professionals throughout their career. Together, all of the organizations provide a structure to deliver information, advice and services to help technicians progress and grow. For more information on how you can become part of the ASE Industry Education Alliance, click here.



The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was founded in 1972 as a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to improving the quality of automobile and truck service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of technicians. More than 300,000 automobile and truck service and repair professionals hold current ASE certifications. ASE Certification is widely accepted and recognized as the standard industry credential for automotive professionals in automotive service, parts, collision, truck, school bus and transit bus segments.



The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) was founded in 1983 as a non-profit, independent organization with a single mission: To evaluate entry-level technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommend qualifying programs for certification (accreditation) by ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. The NATEF process has resulted in certified automotive training programs in all fifty states at the secondary and post-secondary levels. NATEF also evaluates the providers of in-service technician training programs under a program called Continuing Automotive Service Education (CASE).



The Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) was founded in 1997. AYES is a partnership among participating automotive manufacturers, participating dealerships, and 356 select secondary automotive programs which are ASE-certified and have active SkillsUSA chapters, with active affiliations in 45 states. AYES encourages young people to consider careers in automotive service and prepares them for entry-level career positions or advanced studies in automotive technology. Through its dealership and school partners, AYES strives to enhance the public image of dealerships and dealership careers, build local partnerships between dealerships and high quality schools, and foster positive working environments in dealerships. AYES coordinates mentoring, job shadowing opportunities for students, and takes part in career days and career fairs at local schools.




The Automotive Training Managers Council (ATMC) was founded in 1984 by original equipment and aftermarket automotive training professionals for the exchange of training ideas and strategies helpful to both technical and sales/marketing training professionals. ATMC members use networking and the exchange of ideas to improve training performance and stay current with the latest products and techniques in the automotive trade. ATMC also provides a service to the industry through research and publications related to training and human performance technology issues in the automotive arena.

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