ASE Certified Auto Repair Facility
Milo Johnson Auto Body
employs ASE certified technicians. As
well, Milo Johnson's has been recognized with
ASE's Blue Seal of Excellence.
ASE—Certifying the Automotive Professional
Finding a competent auto technician need not be a matter of
chance. Much of the guesswork has been eliminated, thanks to
national program conducted by the non-profit National Institute
for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
ASE tests and certifies automotive professionals in all
major technical areas of repair and service. With
nearly 400,000 currently certified professionals, the ASE
program is national in scope and has industry-wide acceptance
and recognition. ASE-certified professionals can be found at
every type of repair facility, from dealerships, service
stations, and franchises to parts stores, independent garages,
and even municipal fleets.
Certification Benefits Motorists
ASE certifies the technical competence of individual
technicians, not repair facilities. Prior to taking ASE
certification tests, many technicians attend training classes
or study on their own in order to brush up on their knowledge.
By passing difficult, national tests, ASE-certified technicians
prove their technical competence to themselves, to their
employers, and to their customers. Moreover, shop owners and
managers who encourage their employees to become certified can
be counted on to be concerned about the other aspects of their
How Certification Works
About 100,000 technicians sit for ASE tests each May and
November at over 750 locations. Technicians who pass at least
one exam and fulfill the two-year work experience requirement
become ASE-certified. Those who pass a battery of exams (and
fulfill the experience requirement) earn Master Technician
The tests, developed by industry experts with oversight from
ASE's own in-house pros, are administered by ACT, the same
group known for its college entrance exams.
There are specialty exams covering all major areas of
repair. There are eight tests for auto technicians alone:
Engine Repair, Engine Performance, Electrical/Electronic
Systems, Brakes, Heating and Air Conditioning, Suspension and
Steering, Manual Drive Train and Axles, and Automatic
Transmissions. (There are also exams for collision repair
technicians, engine machinists, parts specialists, and
ASE requires technicians to re-test every five years to keep
up with technology and to remain certified. All ASE credentials
have expiration dates.
What is the Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition
Finding a good auto repair facility is always a concern,
especially when the unexpected happens. One important thing to
remember is to look for ASE Certification.
ASE-certified automotive technicians and other service
professionals can be identified in several ways. The most
obvious is to look for the ASE sign on the facility. Once
inside, most establishments proudly display the ASE
certificates earned by their technicians in their office or
waiting room. Finally, the technicians may be wearing an ASE
patch on the shoulder of their uniform. All ASE-certified
professionals are proud of their achievement and are more than
willing to show you their credentials.
ASE has years of experience helping the automotive industry
verify the skills and knowledge of the technicians working at
dealerships, independent repair shops, collision shops,
franchises, fleets, and more. Car owners and the service and
repair industry regard ASE certification as the standard
measure of competency and a guide to quality auto repairs.
ASE has taken this responsibility one step further by
offering a recognition opportunity for highly qualified repair
facilities, which allows them to showcase their technicians and
their commitment to excellence. It is called the Blue Seal of
Excellence Recognition Program. The program’s emphasis is to
identify establishments with a large percentage of
ASE-certified professionals. It is a recognition program for
businesses striving to be the best, and willing to prove their