General Information about the ASE Certification Tests
ASE certification tests generally include between 40 and 75 scored, multiple-choice questions measuring your knowledge in various content areas. Each test may also include ten or more non-scored additional questions, included for statistical research purposes only. Answers to these questions do not affect your test score, but since they are not separately identified in the test, you should answer all questions to the best of your ability.
The test questions focus on practical problems encountered in day-to-day work situations, and are written and approved by teams of carefully selected experts. Each of these teams represents a cross-section of relevant industry representatives, including working technicians, educators, manufacturers, service directors, and others. This procedure ensures that the tests are fair for all without bias toward any specific vehicle type, make, or equipment manufacturer.
When you earn ASE certification, you receive wallet and wall credentials, plus an appropriate sleeve insignia or lapel pin set. You will also receive ASE’s Blue Seal Tech News newsletter.
There is a $36 non-refundable registration fee per person each testing period. In addition, there is a $35 test fee per test ($70 each for the L1 and L2 tests). During Winter 2015, the L3 test is offered at a special introductory price of $20 – a $50 discount. Recertification tests fees are the same, except that they are capped at $105. This only limits the amount you pay to take recertification tests, not the number of recertification tests that you can take.
To remain certified in any of the ASE specialty areas, you must take and pass a recertification test every five years.
To become ASE certified in most specialty areas, you must pass one or more of the ASE certification exams and present proof of at least two years of relevant work experience. Advanced-Level certification (tests L1, L2 and L3) requires an additional year of experience beyond the two-year Repair Technician requirement, for a total of three years. You may substitute relevant formal training for up to one half of the work experience requirement. Click here for more details about the work experience requirement.
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