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. Over a quarter of a million 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.

ASE Education Foundation

The ASE Education Foundation (Formerly 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 accreditation process has resulted in accredited automotive training programs in all fifty states at the secondary and post-secondary levels. The ASE Education Foundation also evaluates the providers of in-service technician training programs under a program called ASE Accredited Training Providers.


The ASE 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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