HERNDON, Va.—Celebrating the ``professional automotive technician'' will be the 25th anniversary theme of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Herndon-based ASE, which was founded on June 12, 1972, said it will undertake various promotional activities and special events in conjunction with its anniversary celebration. These activities include doubleheader meetings with consumer groups and the media one day, and with technician and industry representatives the next in selected ``key'' cities.
ASE said it will showcase its ongoing public and industry awareness campaigns to accomplish the following on behalf of the working technician and the auto repair profession:
Reach more consumers with information about ASE-certified technicians;
Provide consumers with useful auto care information;
Educate consumer organizations about the ASE certification program; and
Reach young people and parents about career opportunities in the automotive service field.
``It is truly a milestone to reach 25 years,'' said Ronald H. Weiner, ASE president.
``We have come a long way
from four (technician certification) tests to 31, with more to come. The last 25 years have been exciting, but you haven't seen anything yet!''
A non-profit, independent organization, ASE is dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians.
Currently, more than 400,000 auto service professionals are ASE-certified.
Service techs, engine machinists and parts specialists have participated in ASE's certification program from all segments of the service and repair industry, including car and truck dealerships, service stations, independent repair shops, tire dealerships, collision repair facilities, maintenance garages, fleet repair facilities and franchised outlets.