Diesel Mechanic ASE Certification

Continuing your education past school is important. One of the most important ways to do this is by becoming ASE certified. ASE stands for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence

While having certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is not mandatory, it’s another step in furthering your career as a diesel mechanic that you shouldn’t neglect.

With multiple areas to become certified in, having this recognition will certainly help to improve your work, your customers faith in you and also your credentials with your employer. This is another area that can greatly improve your chances of seeing a promotion or a raise at your current job as well.

What it Means to be an 
ASE Certified Diesel Mechanic

Becoming ASE certified means you are taking an important step in your career to set yourself apart from other diesel technicians, and to both your employers and your customers. Being ASE certified means you are dedicated to continual growth, and will earn greater respect in your field from your peers by having earned this certification as a proven mechanic. Hiring mechanics who are ASE certified means that a company is showing its dedication to its customer base by investing in the future of their customers vehicles by hiring competent, tested and qualified diesel mechanics to fill their work force. For consumers who choose to only get their vehicles serviced by a top-notch quality mechanic who is ASE certified means the peace of mind in knowing that they are getting a professional with serious hands-on and proven experience, with the knowledge necessary to get their vehicle repairs done properly.

Requirements to Become ASE Certified for a Diesel Technician

It’s important to note right away that the ASE certification tests are designed for those diesel technicians who already have a working knowledge of their craft. Obtaining certification is a two-step process. You will have to take the tests, and pass them to accomplish one of the steps. The other step you need to fulfill is the two year full-time, hands-on work experience requirements for these tests. The advanced level certification tests that the ASE offer require even more experience, calling for an extra additional year, making for a 3 year work experience requirement.

What this means to you is that these tests are designed with job-related knowledge in mind. While the traditional testing involved here requires answering several questions, these tests, and more importantly, the ASE certification itself, relies on your ability to prove that you’ve been working in the diesel service industry or receiving proper training. These tests are not easy, and according to the ASE website, only two out of every three mechanics who take the test, pass them.

The reason this is so important is because you will be able to register and take almost every one of the tests offered by the ASE (there are 3 you are not specifically allowed to take without experience). However, if you fail to meet the work experience requirement, you can still take these tests. Your certification will not be awarded to you though, until you fulfill the work requirement. You will have the ability to substitute additional work experience to help gain your certification quicker if you meet those requirements. Common forms of substitutions include high school training, apprenticeship programs and OEM-sponsored training programs. Two years of substitute experience will equal out to one year of actual hands-on work experience in the eyes of the ASE.

The Cost to Test for ASE Certification

When looking to become ASE certified, the benefits of added knowledge, security and recognition, the costs for taking the ASE certification tests in pretty minimal all things considered. The initial fee for anyone registering to take a certification test is $36. While there are many things in life that we can’t plan for, this is a non-refundable registration fee, plan for your testing times wisely. Except for the two advanced level certification tests, all tests are $41 each to take. If you have the experience we talked about before to take an advanced level test, plan on shelling out $82 per test to take those. These costs, again, are in addition to the base registration fee.

Once you’ve completed the certification work requirements and passed the test, you will be awarded with an ASE certification in your chosen test series. In order for you to remain certified after this, you are required to take re-certification tests in your chosen specialty every five years. The costs for re certification are the same as the initial certification tests. The base cost to register is $36, and each test besides the two advanced level tests will cost you $41 each. The advanced tests will carry the same cost to re-certify as they are to initially certify, which is $82. The biggest difference at this point is the cap on the costs to re-certify. You will be able to re-certify for as many tests as you feel you can complete; however the re-certification test fees tops out at $159. Which means you can test out for four $41 tests, and still only pay $159 for test costs.

Master ASE Certified and Student ASE Certified

Becoming ASE certified means that each mechanic will need to have prior work experience to qualify for certification. There is another option for those students who are close to graduating from their diesel mechanic training courses to showcase their talents and knowledge, and that is through the ASE Student Certification program. This program is designed to assess and certify these students without requiring the work experience. While these certificates don’t hold the same authority as a traditional ASE certificate, it’s often thought of as the first step for a student pursuing and building a career as a service professional.

Lastly, those mechanics who are truly dedicated to their craft will want to look into and obtain Master Class ASE certification. There are multiple ways to accomplish this master class status, and can vary depending on the type of vehicles a diesel mechanic specializes in working on. This would be the next step for anyone looking to continue their training as a diesel technician to help improve their respect and reputation of both themselves as a mechanic and the employer they work for.