1. How much do Recertification Tests cost?
  2. When does ASE offer Recertification Tests?
  3. My ASE certifications have expired. Do I need to take the certification tests, or can I take the recertification versions?
  4. When do I take Recertification Tests?
  5. May I take Recertification Tests even if I have let my ASE certifications lapse?
  6. May I take Recertification Tests before five years are up?
  7. May I take the certification tests to recertify?
  8. I have a Master Technician certificate, but some of the test areas have expired. Am I still considered to hold Master Technician status?

1. How much do Recertification Tests cost?

Registration for Recertification Tests costs $36 per person, regardless of the number of tests taken, and you only pay the registration fee once for each testing window. In addition, specific test fees apply:
  • Recertification Tests cost the same as the corresponding certification tests: $33 per test, except for Advanced Tests (L1 and L2), which are $66 each.
  • Recertification Test fees max out at $99, regardless of the number of tests you take.

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2. When does ASE offer Recertification Tests?

During ASE's four, two-month testing windows: January-February, April-May, July-August, and October-November.

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3. My ASE certifications have expired. Do I need to take the certification tests, or can I take the recertification versions?

You may take the Recertification Tests even if your credentials have expired in a specialty area. You simply must have been previously certified in that specialty area.

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4. When do I take Recertification Tests?

Certification credentials are valid for five years. If it has been five years or more since you took a particular test, it’s time to register for the corresponding Recertification Test. The five-year requirement ensures certified professionals are current in this rapidly changing industry.

Certificates include an expiration date: June 30 or December 31, depending on when you earned your certification. You can also find your expiration dates in myASE, and ASE sends you reminders before your credentials expire.

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5. May I take Recertification Tests even if I have let my ASE certifications lapse?

Yes. You may take Recertification Tests provided you've previously passed the corresponding regular certification test.

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6. May I take Recertification Tests before the five years are up?

Yes. If you have some certifications that expire soon and others that are still good for some time, you may take Recertification Tests for any or all of them. If you recertify early, you will not be credited with the time remaining on your original certification. The new expiration date occurs five years from the date of your recertification.

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7. May I take the certification tests to recertify?

Yes, you may opt to take the certification tests instead of the Recertification Tests to recertify. The fees are the same for both types of tests: $33 for each test ($66 each for L1 or L2) and a $36 registration fee.

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8. I have a Master Technician certificate, but some of the test areas have expired. Do I still hold Master Technician status?

No. You earn Master Technician status when you achieve certification in all required testing areas for that series. For example, technicians certified in tests A1 through A8 are Master Automobile Technicians; those certified in tests T2 through T7 are Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technicians, and so forth. However, Master Technician status is not for life, and you must keep each one of those certifications current in order to maintain Master Technician status. If you lose Master Technician status due to the lapse of one or more required certifications, it can be reinstated by simply taking and passing the necessary Recertification Tests.

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