We’re ASE-Certified! But What Does That Mean?
We here at Silver Lake Auto & Tire Centers take great pride in the fact that we provide ASE certification to all of our service technicians. That’s a nice-sounding acronym that gets thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean and why is it so important?
What Does ASE Stand For?
ASE actually stands for the National Institute for Automotive Excellence, which is an independent, non-profit organization located in Virginia that is dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service. The institute was formed in 1972 (just a year before we opened business!) and has been providing the highest quality ASE certification to automotive professionals ever since. How Do Service Technicians Get ASE-Certified?
Before even qualifying for the ASE Certification, automotive technicians must have two years of on the job training or one year of on the job training and a two-year degree in automotive repair. Technicians then take the challenging ASE Certification test that only two of every three test-takers pass. They’re not set for life either. Certified automotive professionals need to retake the test every five years to maintain certification, and the tests change quite a bit to keep up with the ever-evolving automotive industry.
Why We’re Proud of our Certification
The ASE Certification is a mark of excellence in the automotive industry. It complements our myriad of other training programs we provide our service technicians that make them some of the most educated and ahead-of-the-curve professionals in the automotive industry. ASE Certification is not a requirement in the field, but for us it is because providing our customers the highest quality repair from dedicated and knowledgeable technicians is our main priority. The certification is a requirement, however, for upholding car manufacturer warranties who require ASE technicians work on the vehicle. That’s why a lot of people keep going back to the car dealership for repairs when they don’t actually have to. As long as you go to a repair shop with the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence like ours, then your warranty is fine!
Have one of our ASE-Certified technicians help your vehicle today. Schedule an appointment at silverlakeauto.com/schedule.