What is the ASE Renewal App?

The ASE Renewal App is an innovative tool that ASE has developed to help ASE Certified professionals extend the expiration date of their Automobile Series A1-A9 certifications. This is done without having to take time off or go to a secure test center, all while increasing knowledge and awareness about the technology found in today's complex vehicles. The app also tells you whether you answered correctly and explains why each answer option is right or wrong. Subscribe today!

How will I benefit from using the ASE Renewal app?

First, you can conveniently extend your ASE certifications using the mobile app on your phone, tablet or PC. Second, the app will present questions on key current technical topics to help you identify potential gaps in your knowledge.

How does the ASE Renewal App work?

Purchase an annual subscription for the ASE Renewal app. You will receive one question, per area, every 30 days, delivered straight to your app. After earning 8 credits in one certification area during the subscription period, you will receive a 1-year extension to that certification. If you answer every question correctly on the first try, you could earn 8 credits in about 8 months. Get a question wrong? If you get a question wrong, you will be given a 2nd chance question 10 days later and it will be in addition to your regularly scheduled questions. The 2nd chance questions give you an opportunity to verify that you have learned more about this topic, as well as another opportunity to earn credit toward meeting your certification extension goal. If you miss the 2nd chance question, you will get a 3rd chance after another 10 days. So, you will have multiple chances to earn the required 8 credits. If you accumulate 8 credits for the certification area by the end of your subscription year, your certification will be extended 1 year.
  • You will have 2 minutes to answer most questions. If the question is complex, uses a wiring diagram, or requires reference material, you will have 5 minutes. If you do not answer the question and the timer runs out, the question will be scored as incorrect. However, you will still be given the explanation for each answer choice and you will get another chance to answer a similar question in the future.
  • First-time, currently certified subscribers: You will get an initial 1-year extension with your first paid subscription to the ASE Renewal App. Then, after you earn 8 credits per area, you will earn an additional year when you get 8 credits
  • Try it before you buy it. Sign up for a free 3-day trial. After your free trial has ended, sign up for the annual subscription at $48/year for any or all the automobile series (A1-A9) certifications. The $48 price is the same whether you are certified in one area or all nine.
  • To get started, follow these 3 easy steps:
    • STEP 1: Create an account and purchase a subscription here.
    • STEP 2: Download the ASE Renewal App from the App Store or Play Store
    • STEP 3: Sign in with your app account credentials to answer questions on PC, tablet, or phone.

How does this help me maintain my certifications?

When you participate in the ASE Renewal App, you will earn 1 credit for each question you answer correctly. After earning 8 credits in one certification area during the subscription period, you will receive a 1-year extension to that certification. This allows you to keep your certifications current without having to go to a testing center.

Who is eligible?

Technicians who have previously earned ASE Automobile certifications A1-A9 can sign up. It doesn’t matter whether your certification expires five years from now, is due for renewal this year, or has already expired. Only those certifications you have earned prior to starting your annual subscription will appear in the app. If you have never passed the certification test for a specific specialty area, you must register and take that test at a secure Prometric test center.

What certifications are included in the app? Will other ASE certification categories be added?

Right now, only tests A1 – A9 are included in the app. Other certification categories may be added in the future, but that has not yet been determined.

How much does the ASE Renewal App subscription cost?

The ASE Renewal App has an annual subscription price of $48 for any or all the automobile series (A1-A9) certifications. The $48 price is the same whether you are certified in one area or all nine.

If my certifications are expired, can I renew them using the app?

Yes. If your certifications are currently expired and you sign up for the app, it will take you approximately 8-to-12 months from the date you start your paid subscription to the app to earn enough credits to reinstate your certifications with current expiration dates. If you need your certifications reinstated quickly, then you should register and take your tests at a testing center. If this delay in reinstating expired certifications does not adversely affect you, then the app can work well for you.

If my certifications will expire within the next 12 months, can I renew them using the app?

Yes. ASE is offering all FIRST-TIME subscribers a free 12-month extension to all CURRENT eligible certifications at the time of the initial paid subscription. This one-time extension will eliminate any pressure to earn your extension prior to your credentials expiring. If you renew your subscription each year, you will never risk running out of time prior to your credential expiring.

Once I earn 8 credits, what will my new expiration date be?

If your current expiration date is 12 months or more after your paid subscription start date, ASE will add one year to your current expiration date. If you are a first-time paid subscriber and your certification(s) expiration date is less than 12 months from your subscription start date, you will receive a one-time 12-month extension at the time of subscription purchase. Once you earn 8 credits for a certification, you will receive an additional 12-month extension. EXAMPLE: Your A1 Certification Expires on 12/31/2021, the first-time subscription start date is 10/5/2021, the new expiration date would be 12/31/2022. Once the 8th credit is earned, the new expiration date would be 12/31/2023. If your certification has lapsed and you have earned the appropriate credits, your new expiration date will be 18 months after the date you earn the 8th credit, rounded up to the next June 30th or December 31st expiration windows. EXAMPLE: 8 credits were earned on 11/20/2021. The new expiration date will be 6/30/2023 (11/20/2021 + 18 months = 5/20/2023, then round up to 6/30/2023)

What happens if I earn more than 8 credits? Can I use them next year?

Credits earned in one year do not carry over to the next year. You always start a paid subscription with zero credits and need to earn 8 credits to extend your certification.

Do my unanswered questions expire or can I carry them over to a new subscription?

Your questions will remain active during your current paid subscription. Once your paid subscription expires, so do your questions. You must answer your questions while your paid subscription is active in order to receive credit. Once your paid subscription is renewed, your previous progress is reset to zero and you will begin receiving new questions each month.

When does my certification get extended? Will I receive a new certificate?

Your certification expiration date(s) will be extended in your myASE Portal account within 5-7 business days of earning the 8th credit. You will receive an updated certificate about 6-8 weeks after your current subscription concludes.

What is the difference between the ASE Renewal App and traditional recertification testing? Will recertification testing continue to be offered?

The ASE Renewal App will extend the expiration date of your certification by 1 year if you have earned at least 8 credits during your paid subscription. Traditional recertification testing is conducted at secure test centers and will extend your certification by 5 years if you pass the test. Traditional recertification testing will continue to be offered; the app is an alternative for those who find the convenience and continuous learning to be beneficial.

How do the questions in the ASE Renewal app differ from those used in the recertification tests?

There are a few important differences. First, the app uses a pool of questions that is separate from those used on the ASE tests delivered in secure test centers. Second, the questions in the app address more leading-edge technology topics that are typically not seen in ASE certification tests for 3 to 4 years. Third, after you answer a question, the app tells you whether you answered correctly and explains why each answer option is right or wrong. Finally, after you have earned enough credits to extend your certification, you may see questions that address manufacturer-specific vehicles and systems.

How much time do I have to answer the questions?

You will have 2 minutes to answer most questions. If the question is complex, uses a wiring diagram, or requires reference material, you will have 5 minutes. If you do not answer the question and the timer runs out, the question will be scored as incorrect. However, you will still be given the explanation for each answer option and you will get another chance to answer a similar question in the future.

Can I ask my friends or coworkers for help?

No, not to answer the questions. The app is intended to help you identify gaps in your knowledge. If someone else answers the question, you are violating the terms of use of the app and cheating yourself. After you have answered a question, the app provides an online forum where you may discuss the question and the answers with other techs who have also answered that question. In that way, you can get help from other technicians to increase your understanding, and help other technicians increase their knowledge as well.

Can I use reference material to answer questions?

Most questions in the app don’t require the use of reference materials. But for some manufacturer-specific questions, you may need to look up the information to answer the question. You will be given 5 minutes to answer these questions. The ASE Renewal App promotes learning, and using reference materials is one way that technicians learn every day.

What about question security? Is it cheating if I look up information to answer a question?

A lot of the ASE Renewal App content addresses leading-edge technology, so we expect that you may sometimes need to reference service information to correctly answer a question. When you subscribe to the ASE Renewal app, you must agree to answer the questions yourself and to not share them with anyone else outside of the appropriate app discussion forum. As long as you are answering the questions yourself, you are not cheating.

What are 2nd chance questions?

If you get a question wrong, you will be given a 2nd chance question 10 days later. This allows you time to learn more about the subject. When a 2nd chance question arrives, it will be in addition to your regularly scheduled questions. The 2nd chance questions give you an opportunity to verify that you have learned more about this topic, as well as to earn another credit toward meeting your certification extension goal.

Can I use the app to earn new certifications?

No. If you have never passed the certification test for a specific test area, you must register and take that test at a secure Prometric test center.

Who writes the questions in the ASE Renewal App?

The questions come from ASE question-writing workshops where service representatives from automotive manufacturers (domestic and import), aftermarket parts and equipment manufacturers, working technicians and career and technology educators meet to share ideas and translate them into questions. Each question is designed to measure the knowledge that you need to know in your job and must be approved by the entire group.

What if I don't agree with the answer to a question?

Once you submit an answer to a question, a list of all the answer options and an explanation for each answer option will be shown. If you don’t agree with the explanation you can access a discussion forum for that question, where you can post a comment or question for other technicians, read their comments, and respond.

Why are there manufacturer-specific questions in the ASE Renewal App?

Manufacturers often build systems that have the same outcome as those of other manufacturers; however, the way the system works may differ from one manufacturer to another. Calling out the specific vehicle in the question will ensure that only one correct answer will be available. This will also add clarity to the question. Here is an example: Manufacturer A & B both offer advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) on their vehicles. Manufacturer A uses a camera for their system, while manufacturer B uses a RADAR system. Both systems will result in the same outcome; however, the way each manufacturer gets there is different. Because this is a common occurrence, the only way to get the correct answer is to reference the specific vehicle. Manufacturer-specific questions will be delivered only after you have earned 8 credits. This will ensure that these types of questions do not have an impact on your ability to extend your certification but will still offer you the same learning opportunity that the other offer you.

What happens at the end of the subscription? How do I sign up for another year?

Prior to the end of your current subscription, you will receive communications from ASE prompting you to resubscribe. You can purchase another year's subscription if you want to continue using the app for another year.

Can I start and stop the subscription anytime?

You can start anytime you want. However, app subscriptions always run for a full year and cannot be renewed prior to the end of the current subscription.

Why can't I receive all 12 questions for each area at once, instead of 1 question per area per month?

The ASE Renewal app program is designed to deliver questions every 30 days per certification to allow you to pace yourself over the course of the entire 12- month subscription period. If you miss a question, this pacing will allow time to seek training information and learn the concepts associated with the question content. Learning these concepts will help you be successful when you receive the next chance to answer a similar question about the same topic and to earn a credit toward your certification extension.

What is the ASE Renewal App?

The ASE Renewal App is an innovative tool that ASE has developed to help ASE Certified professionals extend the expiration date of their Automobile Series A1-A9 certifications. This is done without having to take time off or go to a secure test center, all while increasing knowledge and awareness about the technology found in today's complex vehicles. The app also tells you whether you answered correctly and explains why each answer option is right or wrong. Subscribe today!

How will I benefit from using the ASE Renewal app?

First, you can conveniently extend your ASE certifications using the mobile app on your phone, tablet or PC. Second, the app will present questions on key current technical topics to help you identify potential gaps in your knowledge.

How does the ASE Renewal App works?

Purchase an annual subscription for the ASE Renewal app. You will receive one question, per area, every 30 days, delivered straight to your app. After earning 8 credits in one certification area during the subscription period, you will receive a 1-year extension to that certification. If you answer every question correctly on the first try, you could earn 8 credits in about 8 months. Get a question wrong? If you get a question wrong, you will be given a 2nd chance question 10 days later and it will be in addition to your regularly scheduled questions. The 2nd chance questions give you an opportunity to verify that you have learned more about this topic, as well as another opportunity to earn credit toward meeting your certification extension goal. If you miss the 2nd chance question, you will get a 3rd chance after another 10 days. So, you will have multiple chances to earn the required 8 credits. If you accumulate 8 credits for the certification area by the end of your subscription year, your certification will be extended 1 year.
  • You will have 2 minutes to answer most questions. If the question is complex, uses a wiring diagram, or requires reference material, you will have 5 minutes. If you do not answer the question and the timer runs out, the question will be scored as incorrect. However, you will still be given the explanation for each answer choice and you will get another chance to answer a similar question in the future.
  • First-time, currently certified subscribers: You will get an initial 1-year extension with your first paid subscription to the ASE Renewal App. Then, after you earn 8 credits per area, you will earn an additional year when you get 8 credits
  • Try it before you buy it. Sign up for a free 3-day trial. After your free trial has ended, sign up for the annual subscription at $48/year for any or all the automobile series (A1-A9) certifications. The $48 price is the same whether you are certified in one area or all nine.
  • To get started, follow these 3 easy steps:
    • STEP 1: Create an account and purchase a subscription here.
    • STEP 2: Download the ASE Renewal App from the App Store or Play Store
    • STEP 3: Sign in with your app account credentials to answer questions on PC, tablet, or phone.

Who is eligible?

Technicians who have previously earned ASE Automobile certifications A1-A9 can sign up. It doesn’t matter whether your certification expires five years from now, is due for renewal this year, or has already expired. Only those certifications you have earned prior to starting your annual subscription will appear in the app. If you have never passed the certification test for a specific specialty area, you must register and take that test at a secure Prometric test center.

How much does the ASE Renewal App subscription cost?

The ASE Renewal App has an annual subscription price of $48 for any or all the automobile series (A1-A9) certifications. The $48 price is the same whether you are certified in one area or all nine.

Can I ask my friends or coworkers for help?

No, not to answer the questions. The app is intended to help you identify gaps in your knowledge. If someone else answers the question, you are violating the terms of use of the app and cheating yourself. After you have answered a question, the app provides an online forum where you may discuss the question and the answers with other techs who have also answered that question. In that way, you can get help from other technicians to increase your understanding, and help other technicians increase their knowledge as well.

Can I use reference material to answer questions?

Most questions in the app don’t require the use of reference materials. But for some manufacturer-specific questions, you may need to look up the information to answer the question. You will be given 5 minutes to answer these questions. The ASE Renewal App promotes learning, and using reference materials is one way that technicians learn every day.

What about question security? Is it cheating if I look up information to answer a question?

A lot of the ASE Renewal App content addresses leading-edge technology, so we expect that you may sometimes need to reference service information to correctly answer a question. When you subscribe to the ASE Renewal app, you must agree to answer the questions yourself and to not share them with anyone else outside of the appropriate app discussion forum. As long as you are answering the questions yourself, you are not cheating.

What if I don't agree with the answer to a question?

Once you submit an answer to a question, a list of all the answer options and an explanation for each answer option will be shown. If you don’t agree with the explanation you can access a discussion forum for that question, where you can post a comment or question for other technicians, read their comments, and respond.

How does this help me maintain my certifications?

When you participate in the ASE Renewal App, you will earn 1 credit for each question you answer correctly. After earning 8 credits in one certification area during the subscription period, you will receive a 1-year extension to that certification. This allows you to keep your certifications current without having to go to a testing center.

What certifications are included in the app? Will other ASE certification categories be added?

Right now, only tests A1 – A9 are included in the app. Other certification categories may be added in the future, but that has not yet been determined.

If my certifications are expired, can I renew them using the app?

Yes. If your certifications are currently expired and you sign up for the app, it will take you approximately 8-to-12 months from the date you start your paid subscription to the app to earn enough credits to reinstate your certifications with current expiration dates. If you need your certifications reinstated quickly, then you should register and take your tests at a testing center. If this delay in reinstating expired certifications does not adversely affect you, then the app can work well for you.

If my certifications will expire within the next 12 months, can I renew them using the app?

Yes. ASE is offering all FIRST-TIME subscribers a free 12-month extension to all CURRENT eligible certifications at the time of the initial paid subscription. This one-time extension will eliminate any pressure to earn your extension prior to your credentials expiring. If you renew your subscription each year, you will never risk running out of time prior to your credential expiring.

Once I earn 8 credits, what will my new expiration date be?

If your current expiration date is 12 months or more after your paid subscription start date, ASE will add one year to your current expiration date. If you are a first-time paid subscriber and your certification(s) expiration date is less than 12 months from your subscription start date, you will receive a one-time 12-month extension at the time of subscription purchase. Once you earn 8 credits for a certification, you will receive an additional 12-month extension. EXAMPLE: Your A1 Certification Expires on 12/31/2021, the first-time subscription start date is 10/5/2021, the new expiration date would be 12/31/2022. Once the 8th credit is earned, the new expiration date would be 12/31/2023. If your certification has lapsed and you have earned the appropriate credits, your new expiration date will be 18 months after the date you earn the 8th credit, rounded up to the next June 30th or December 31st expiration windows. EXAMPLE: 8 credits were earned on 11/20/2021. The new expiration date will be 6/30/2023 (11/20/2021 + 18 months = 5/20/2023, then round up to 6/30/2023)

What happens if I earn more than 8 credits? Can I use them next year?

Credits earned in one year do not carry over to the next year. You always start a paid subscription with zero credits and need to earn 8 credits to extend your certification.

Do my unanswered questions expire or can I carry them over to a new subscription?

Your questions will remain active during your current paid subscription. Once your paid subscription expires, so do your questions. You must answer your questions while your paid subscription is active in order to receive credit. Once your paid subscription is renewed, your previous progress is reset to zero and you will begin receiving new questions each month.

When does my certification get extended? Will I receive a new certificate?

Your certification expiration date(s) will be extended in your myASE Portal account within 5-7 business days of earning the 8th credit. You will receive an updated certificate about 6-8 weeks after your current subscription concludes.

Can I use the app to earn new certifications?

No. If you have never passed the certification test for a specific test area, you must register and take that test at a secure Prometric test center.

What is the difference between the ASE Renewal App and traditional recertification testing? Will recertification testing continue to be offered?

The ASE Renewal App will extend the expiration date of your certification by 1 year if you have earned at least 8 credits during your paid subscription. Traditional recertification testing is conducted at secure test centers and will extend your certification by 5 years if you pass the test. Traditional recertification testing will continue to be offered; the app is an alternative for those who find the convenience and continuous learning to be beneficial.

How do the questions in the ASE Renewal app differ from those used in the recertification tests?

There are a few important differences. First, the app uses a pool of questions that is separate from those used on the ASE tests delivered in secure test centers. Second, the questions in the app address more leading-edge technology topics that are typically not seen in ASE certification tests for 3 to 4 years. Third, after you answer a question, the app tells you whether you answered correctly and explains why each answer option is right or wrong. Finally, after you have earned enough credits to extend your certification, you may see questions that address manufacturer-specific vehicles and systems.

How much time do I have to answer the questions?

You will have 2 minutes to answer most questions. If the question is complex, uses a wiring diagram, or requires reference material, you will have 5 minutes. If you do not answer the question and the timer runs out, the question will be scored as incorrect. However, you will still be given the explanation for each answer option and you will get another chance to answer a similar question in the future.

What are 2nd chance questions?

If you get a question wrong, you will be given a 2nd chance question 10 days later. This allows you time to learn more about the subject. When a 2nd chance question arrives, it will be in addition to your regularly scheduled questions. The 2nd chance questions give you an opportunity to verify that you have learned more about this topic, as well as to earn another credit toward meeting your certification extension goal.

Who writes the questions in the ASE Renewal App?

The questions come from ASE question-writing workshops where service representatives from automotive manufacturers (domestic and import), aftermarket parts and equipment manufacturers, working technicians and career and technology educators meet to share ideas and translate them into questions. Each question is designed to measure the knowledge that you need to know in your job and must be approved by the entire group.

Why are there manufacturer-specific questions in the ASE Renewal App?

Manufacturers often build systems that have the same outcome as those of other manufacturers; however, the way the system works may differ from one manufacturer to another. Calling out the specific vehicle in the question will ensure that only one correct answer will be available. This will also add clarity to the question. Here is an example: Manufacturer A & B both offer advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) on their vehicles. Manufacturer A uses a camera for their system, while manufacturer B uses a RADAR system. Both systems will result in the same outcome; however, the way each manufacturer gets there is different. Because this is a common occurrence, the only way to get the correct answer is to reference the specific vehicle. Manufacturer-specific questions will be delivered only after you have earned 8 credits. This will ensure that these types of questions do not have an impact on your ability to extend your certification but will still offer you the same learning opportunity that the other offer you.

What happens at the end of the subscription? How do I sign up for another year?

Prior to the end of your current subscription, you will receive communications from ASE prompting you to resubscribe. You can purchase another year's subscription if you want to continue using the app for another year.

Can I start and stop the subscription anytime?

You can start anytime you want. However, app subscriptions always run for a full year and cannot be renewed prior to the end of the current subscription.

Why can't I receive all 12 questions for each area at once, instead of 1 question per area per month?

The ASE Renewal app program is designed to deliver questions every 30 days per certification to allow you to pace yourself over the course of the entire 12- month subscription period. If you miss a question, this pacing will allow time to seek training information and learn the concepts associated with the question content. Learning these concepts will help you be successful when you receive the next chance to answer a similar question about the same topic and to earn a credit toward your certification extension.