How ASE is helping vocational educators
recruit, mentor, and train tomorrow’s technicians.

In addition to our core mission of certifying automotive technicians, ASE also offers certification for technician training programs. In the process, we’re helping to improve the quality of training offered at secondary and post-secondary, public, and proprietary schools.

ASE program certification is based on the recommendations of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). This non-profit organization examines the structure and resources of training programs and evaluates them against nationally-accepted standards of quality.

How NATEF school accreditation works

The NATEF accreditation process begins with an extensive self-evaluation performed by the individual training program’s instructors, administrators, and advisory committee members. These individuals compare their program to national standards, and have the opportunity to make improvements before submitting evaluation documents to NATEF.

After a training program sends its self-evaluation materials to NATEF, the materials are reviewed to determine if the program qualifies for an onsite evaluation. If the program qualifies, the assessment is conducted by an Evaluation Team Leader (ETL), an educator certified by ASE and trained by NATEF. If the ETL recommends that the program be certified, and if all industry requirements are met, the program will become certified for a period of five years. LEARN MORE>