ASE postcard

Rusty Owner/Technician Massachusetts Posted   Latest   Edited  

I received a large postcard a couple days ago from ASE that alarmed me. It indicated that I had certifications expiring at the end of 2021 and I should log into “my ASE” account to schedule an exam. 

With about 1 week left to accomplish this, it seemed an impossibility but I investigated anyway and thankfully all my certs are good till 2024.

Anyone else get the card?

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Marlin Technician
Oregon
Marlin
 

Did you recently complete a test?

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Rusty Owner/Technician
Massachusetts
Rusty
 

No

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Marlin Technician
Oregon
Marlin
 

It must be a mistake then. I get these cards at times, but they have always been accurate.

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Aaron Diagnostician
Iowa
Aaron
   

Yep, got it last night, my first thought was 'I didn't think I had any expiring'. Then I thought 'wow 4 days notice doesn't give much time to schedule an exam'. I haven't looked mine up yet, but I bet it is the same situation as your's. Sounds like an absolutely terrible marketing scheme…Or maybe it was an honest mistake. I looked and I do in fact have expiring certs as well. And I did also…

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Jeff Owner/Technician
Arizona
Jeff
 

As an aside - Other than its marketing value, is there any practical reason to have ASE certifications anymore?

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Rusty Owner/Technician
Massachusetts
Rusty
 

When lube-jockeys and parts-counter staff started sporting ASE Patches, I saw the end of its “eliteness”. If I wasn't already certified, I’d see no reason to do it.

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Jeff Owner/Technician
Arizona
Jeff
 

I got a bunch of certs 10+ years ago, but I let them lapse. I might still have the patch somewhere, though…

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Erik Diagnostician
Florida
Erik
 

Yes but it was accurate. I’m sure ASE is behind getting certs, patches, etc out to everyone especially this time of year.

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Jennifer Business Development Manager
Virginia
Jennifer
 

Hi Rusty, Happy to help you here. We sent out multiple emails prior to this, but the postcard was meant as a last reminder before you expire. If you (or anyone wondering) email me at …, I can tell you which certifications of yours are expiring. Thanks! Jennifer …

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Erik Diagnostician
Florida
Erik
 

Agreed. I have one I don’t need anymore (X1) that the app doesn’t have and as I stated just don’t need. Thanks for the reminders though. Some manufacturers live or die by ASE and OEM certifications so it is appreciated regardless if it’s more mail and emails.

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Rusty Owner/Technician
Massachusetts
Rusty
 

Maybe you missed my point. You sent me an unnecessary reminder as I have nothing expiring. Happy Trails,

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Jennifer Business Development Manager
Virginia
Jennifer
 

Hi Rusty, I sent you an email that hopefully explains and takes it off-line in c… you have any other questions. Thanks, Jenn

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Rusty Owner/Technician
Massachusetts
Rusty
 

Indeed my L-2 is up this year and somehow I missed it when I looked at my certs. I believe the alerting emails landed in my “junk” folder. Please accept my apologies.

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Jennifer Business Development Manager
Virginia
Jennifer
 

No worries! You have a lot to look out for, so I'm sure it's easily missed. Happy New Year everyone! Jenn

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Marlin Technician
Oregon
Marlin
 

LOL! Much ado about nothing. ;-)

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Lew Owner/Technician
New Jersey
Lew
 

I have yet to see one. But because it has become a pain to schedule times with the test center. I signed up with the ASE renewal app. All certs are kept current by answering one question per certification each month sent to me. No more scheduling, answer at my convenance.

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Ed Owner/Technician
Pennsylvania
Ed
 

Never heard of this so I had to look it up! My certs are all expired but I can’t seem to login to myAse so I sent an email. It looks pretty easy to recertify using the app though.

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Rusty Owner/Technician
Massachusetts
Rusty Resolution
 

Indeed I did have an L-2 expiring in a few days so the card that I got was accurate. A bit late but it did it’s job. Again, I apologize for the unnecessary post about a necessary postcard 😜 Happy Trails,

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Jan Owner/Technician
Ohio
Jan
 

I dropped my ASE certifaction years ago, as my county did not require them. I mainly took the test to keep my knowledge on newer systems current. With extened warranties on newer vehicles it hard to compete with firms who are offering $ 4.95 lube and oil services. I realize its a come on to get customers in the door to help sell other services. I still have a closet full of old shirts with all…

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Roberto Educator
California
Roberto
 

Certification should be a requirement to work in the auto industry, I know that some of the content on the test are for the most part, very basic for a large number of technicians working on the field for so many years, and that is good that we feel that confident, but for a young kid trying to come into this industry, to get certified would be maybe the beginning of a new career, we all feel it…

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Michael Technician
Indiana
Michael
 

Roberto, A) Once you give someone the ability to certify you, you also give them the ability to UN-CERTIFY you(if that is a word). B) Who would be in charge of this? The Government? (that always works) C) Certification is great, Had them, and to those that have them, wear them as a badge of honor. BUT. Certifications in no way, shape or form, indicate, you should be allowed to work on a…

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Richard Diagnostician
Alberta
Richard
   

I don't live in the US so I don't know how it works down there. What benefits have you found from not having certification? Do you feel that not having certification has helped improve the ability to run a successful automotive business at your local level? I have an Automotive service license that my provincial government is in charge of. They gave it to me and have the right to take it…

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Mike Owner/Technician
Pennsylvania
Mike
 

Rusty, I got one also, all mine expire 12.31.21, I will let them lapse as I have been certified since NIASE days. On the down side of my career, so no need to recertify. I'm thinking I should be grandfathered in, but you know how it goes $$$$$

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Roberto Educator
California
Roberto
 

Agree, there are some good techs with not certifications at all, and they are good, they proud themselves of been some of the best with no need to certify, my point is that we need to do something to bring the new generation on board, maybe is time to get hands-on certified, if we certify only the ones that are really the ones that can actually do the work, then we will have a better options to…

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Jeff Owner/Technician
Arizona
Jeff
 

There is no “new generation”. Gen-Z and beyond have no real interest in cars and generally they will never be in a position to afford them, anyway. Over the next two decades, automobile repair as we know it will go away. For the most part, this last generation of ICE-powered vehicles have moved to a non-field-serviceable model, so major engine repairs will total them. By the time they hit…

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Justin Technician
California
Justin
 

What state would you consider the best for a skilled tech ? ….as far as income vs cost of living .

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Jeff Owner/Technician
Arizona
Jeff
 

That's a good question - I don't think I'm qualified to answer since I am not experienced with how it goes in other states. I'd say any state where there are a lot of cars, a non-corrosive climate, lax registration, emissions and tax laws and a low cost of living. AZ, TX, NV are probably on the top of that list. Probably not any state that borders water or has a real winter….

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