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Old 27 Dec 2003, 04:51 pm
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Greets!

Since I take everything to extremes, like my hobbies, which now include my PT, I would like to become ASE Certified. I understand that two years experience and passing tests are what is required, four tests = Master Certified.

My order of interest:
Engine Performance (A8)
Advanced Engine Performance Specialist Test (L1)
Exhaust Systems (X1)
Engine Repair (A1) <-- for when I blow it up, hehe
Suspension and Steering (A4)
Electrical/Electronic Systems (A6)


About me: I have taken many Information Technology certificaton tests, so that process is not new to me. I learn best by reading (classes always go too slowly for me) and enjoy reading. I am known for being able to figure anything out (except women, but nobody can anyway hehe). My background: I have an Electronics Engineering degree, am about to finish my Industrial Management Technology degree, my dad is a mechanical guru and I grew up in that environment (just was not interested in it as a child), and I have the aptitude.

I do not just want the certification, but I want a thorough education and an intimate understanding, and certification helps to ensure that. What are your suggestions for reading material, web sites, how to gain experience, etc.?

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Old 27 Dec 2003, 05:46 pm
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8 certifications are required to be 'Master Certified'.
L-1 & L-2 are advanced driveability and are not counted towards master level.
You will need to take A-1 thru A-8. X-1 and others do not count. They are add-ons.

I have all 8, plus P-2 parts specialist and Driveability specialist.
There are collision, diesel, and machinist levels as well.

www.asecert.org

As a master certified driveability specialist with an EE degree, I can tell you that you will need a lot of mechanical training to know the steering & suspension, auto & manual transmissions, and air conditioning.

I was the only one in my class to ace the electrical systems tests. Since I do performance work and rarely AC work, I struggled somewhat with the AC tests.

The tests are only an 8X11 paper on the wall. They do not mean the tech actually knows what he's doing.
Watch the dates on the cert. They can be 5 years old and still be current. Cars were TOTALLY different 5 years ago. Expired certs are even nore in the dark when new car technology is concerned.

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Old 27 Dec 2003, 07:08 pm
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none of these tests are easy i finally recieved my p-2 ase cert.only 2 times of trying (lol) but it was hard mainly just because of how many questions they ask



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Old 27 Dec 2003, 08:21 pm
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Any recommendations for my library?
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Old 27 Dec 2003, 09:45 pm
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There are ASE study guides available from Motor, Mitchell, Chilton's, NAPA (Balkamp), and Check Chart.

NAPA and Check Chart are my choices. They both cover A1-A8, and are written completely differently. The separate approaches makes for comprehensive coverage.
The NAPA one is through their technician training program. No counterman would be able to find it. Just ask them for the Balkamp tech line to get the part number.

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Rolo, sounds like you've got a lot of work ahead of you, good luck!
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