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ASE Certification

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by B16RacerN2NR, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. B16RacerN2NR

    B16RacerN2NR Working Hard VIP

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    I just got the results for the two I took, A1 - Engine Repair and A6 - Electrical Systems. I passed both of them :D

    Next on my list is A5 - Brakes and A7 - Heating & A/C. Eventually, i'll have A1-A8 so I can be considered a Master Tech.

    Technically, I won't get the actual certs until I have a recordable two years in the field but I passed the test so that's all that matters at this point. I'll get my two years once I get out the Mercedes program and start working for them. Then ASE will send me the papers saying i'm certified. I know the ASE's don't really mean much in terms of wrenching ability but they will sure look good on my resume :lol: :D

    Anyone else on here have any?
     
  2. Jared759

    Jared759 Well-Known Member VIP

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    I'm going to take some of mine the next go around. I think 2 years of school counts as one year experience.

    I heard brakes was the hardest.
     
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    Magana559 The Warden

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    im gonna get mine at autozone!
     
  4. B16RacerN2NR

    B16RacerN2NR Working Hard VIP

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    Actually, now that you mention it, I remember they told me one year of school is equivalent to one year in the field.

    My brakes instructor told me to mainly focus on diagnosis because what makes it hard is that, for example, the answers for diagnosing a squeek is different than the diagnosis for a screech. Stupid shit like that.
     
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    B16RacerN2NR Working Hard VIP

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    What do you mean? I know AutoZone pays the test fees and such for an employee as long as they pass... is that what you mean?
     
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    yes sir.
     
  7. invisibledemon

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    1 year of schooling counts for 6months actual exp.

    and i dont understand why people try to get these certs before having the required time in to actually be certified, you have to renew and retake every 5 or so years to keep the certs. so, after you finally get your 2 years, its almost time to renew again.
    personally, i would have waited til i was out and had the exp to get the actual certifications.

    unless theres some kind of deal with the program you are in that helps eat the cost. then its pretty understandable.
    the school we have here (nadc) which is a fucking joke and a half, only offered to enroll you in the exam, and nothing more. i could rant all day on that place, but thats for another thread. lol.

    but, congrats. get that master cert, wont do you much good at mercedes, you'll have to pass their courses to get their certs. and im not just referring what you are learning now. most dealerships have bullshit online courses that you have to take almost constantly while employed with them.
     
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    Cool deal. I was going to go for an ASE when I worked at AutoZone back in 03 but they only had one set of study guides and one of the dick head managers had them at his house because he was trying to take a few but he would never bring them back.

    1 year at UTI counts for 1 year of field experience. At least that's what they told us from day 1... Maybe the few other UTI Students/Graduates on here can clarify.

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    Found it here... http://www.ase.com/AMTemplate.cfm?S...agement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentFileID=1435 Apparently, they misinformed us... However, I guess they count High School Automotive so if that's the case, I got one year under my belt that I can account for.

    You don't get the ASE Certs until you have the required 2 years, so your 5 years starts when you actually get the ASE Certs, not from the day you take the test.

    I'll be taking all the online courses and what-not that they have thus far during the Mercedes program. So once I start working, I won't really have any to do except for the new ones that come along the way as time passes.

    Thanks for the Congrats, i'm happy :) A1 had me nervous the entire time I was taking it. A6 was a breeze ^_^
     
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    im not sure if your highschool courses would count anymore. they may be too far in the past.

    and i hate those retarded dealership courses. not sure how the mercedes ones are but mazda and subaru ones are absolutely stupid. lol
     
  10. B16RacerN2NR

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    I hope they aren't too far in the past lol. I'll e-mail ASE and see what they say.

    Are the Mazda ones the same ones Ford gives? Or are they Mazda specific?
     
  11. EGProject

    EGProject YEEEEAAHHHHH

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    Always been on the fence with ASE's. Never took a single one, and now that I work for a manufacturer who doesn't require ASE tests for factory certification - I'll probably never take one unless I decide to teach. I bought some test prep books a while back and to be honest, in todays modern world - especially a German automaker - ASE's are outdated by about 10 years AT LEAST. Mind you a lot of the diag tests and emissions certs are pretty intense, but then again do you actually think you'll use a 5-gas analyzer in a dealership? With modern coil on plug cars with advanced OBD functions, even knowing scope patterns and secondary ignition curves seems a bit useless.

    That is my main issue with UTI curriculum, its based around ASE's and the instructors there think that an ASE test is basically a license to kill when it comes to the real world. What is probably a better test of what you'll have to learn is in the FACT program.

    If you work at an independent garage an ASE cert is nice, and it will certainly help you being on your resume - but its basically the tip of the iceberg when it comes to working in a manufacturer dealership.
     
  12. B16RacerN2NR

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    Yeah, Mercedes isn't going to take one look at my ASE's lol, and as far as I know, they aren't going to even look at what I did during Core except my attendance and professionalism lol.

    Everyone I know who has taken and/or is in FACT likes it a lot. Honestly, i'm just not interested in it. I don't know what it is. There may be several reasons but i'm just not motivated to take it so i'm not even going to waste my money, my time, or the instructors time on trying it out.
     
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