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October 1977

Appendix A
THE NIASE STORY

ITS HISTORY

The Institute was established as a non-profit corporation in

June 1972 as the result of a joint effort of the domestic vehicle

manufacturers and the automobile dealers.

Since that time, inde

pendent garage owners, service station operators, aftermarket

wholesalers and manufacturers, and other sectors of the industry

have added their encouragement and support to what is now truly

an industry-wide program.

ITS PURPOSE

The Institute's goal is to organize and promote the highest standards of automotive service in the public interest. It will

conduct continuing research to determine the best methods for

training automotive mechanics, encourage the development of effective training programs, and evaluate the competence of mechanics through a testing and certification program.

Its major initial program is the voluntary testing and certi

fication of mechanics.

THE WHEN, WHERE, HOW, AND WHOM OF THE TESTS

The Institute has retained the services of the Educational

Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, New Jersey, for test development

and administration.

ETS is world-renowned for its College Board

and Law School Admission tests.

Tests are held in the spring and fall of each year, at

simultaneous times and dates in over 250 locations across the

nation.

This arrangement, coupled with the fact that the tests

are changed each time they are administered, assures tight security.

A minimum of two years' work experience as a mechanic is required to be eligible for certification. One year's credit is given in some cases for established courses in accredited trade

and vocational schools.

Tests are offered in the following areas of automobile mechanic

certification: Engine Repair; Automatic Transmission; Manual

Transmission and Rear Axle; Front End; Brakes; Electrical Systems;

Heating and Air Conditioning; and Engine Tune-up.

In addition, six tests are given for Heavy-Duty Truck Mechanics

and one test each for auto body repairers and painters.

All tests emphasize problems of a diagnosis and repair nature.

IS THIS A GOVERNMENT PROGRAM?

No, the Institute is in no way connected with any Federal,

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is entirely voluntary, and is based on difficult, meaningful tests

of mechanic skills and knowledges.

WHAT GOOD IS CERTIFICATION?

То

the motorist, it means that the mechanic has the know-how

and the ability to do the job. To the mechanic, it means prestige and recognition that he has earned by demonstrating that he possesses the skills and knowledges needed to pass the tests. To the shop owner or service manager, it is an impartial, objective assurance

that his mechanics are competent.

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TOTUL, U.S.

906,573

506,721

355

159,013

112,492

44.40

608, 310

Explanation
Colum A - Source for breakdown of mechanics by State is Column C - Adjusted at rate of 33. to eliminate "mechanics"
Bureau of the Census, General Social and Economic

not actually working in the diagnosis and repair Characteristics, 1970 Census of Population,

of consumer-Owned cars, such as service writers, PC (I) -CI, ale 165. The latter table includes

carburetor rebuilders, radiator fiushers, muffler body/paint repairmen who comprise 11.89 of the

mounters, get-ready men, etc. national total according to Bureau of the Census, Jocupation By Industry. 1970 Census of Population, Colum D - NIASE estimates that about 508 of autonobile PC(2)-70, iable 8. This percent was applied to

mechanics i presently competent to perfom each State total to eliminate body/paint repair

full range . Samostic and repair functions in Ten on a State-y-State basis. The net figures

one or more vehicle systems. were adjusted upward by 12.359 to reflect a 1.58 yearly increase from 1969 to 1977. This estimated Colum E These totals have been purgad of repeaters. Even increase is based on the Conference Board, Changes

though a machanic may have registered in several In Occupational Characteristics: Planning Ahead

test series, he is still counted only once. Tor the 1930's, Report No. 691, 1976, page 70.

Column F - Certified in at least ane test area. About 58 of Column B - Adjusted at rate of 67.11 in accordance with Bureau

these have not adequately documented their work of the Census, Occupation By Industry, 1970 Census

experience and therefore have not yet been of Population, RC 12)-70, Table 8, "Employment by

certified eren though they have passed tasts. Industry", to eliminate mechanics worlung for instrumentalities of government, public utilities, heavy manufacturing industry, and flests, as well as those wortim on H-D trucks (class VI and above).

Revised March 13, 1978

Appendix C

Fact Sheet

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE EXCELLENCE

ORGANIZED:

Non-profit corporation under the laws of the District
of Columbia, June 1972

PURPOSES:

Improve automotive service by providing recognition
of career opportunities within the automotive service
industry

- Earn increased consumer confidence in the quality

of automotive repairs

Stimulate improvement in educational programs for
the training of mechanics

GOVERNANCE:

Governed by a 36-member Board of Directors selected
from all sectors of the automotive service industry
and from education, government, and consumer groups:

3 Working mechanics
2 Mechanic Supervisors
3 Independent garage owners
4 After-market suppliers
1 Dealer (truck)
4 Dealers (auto)
4 Auto manufacturers
1 Body Shop Operator
1 Truck manufacturer
1 Service station owner/operator
2 Oil companies
1 Mass merchandiser
1 leet operation
1 Foreign car maker
6 Government, education, and consumerism
1 President (federal/local government

background)
- Operate a voluntary nationwide testing program which:

Provides recognition for the competent mechanics

PROGRAMS:

Lets the mechanic know in some specific detail his strengths and his areas of weakness

- Certify mechanics in the fields of specialization

for which they pass the tests

Research training needs and methods

Encourage the development of effective training
programs

Encourage mechanics to improve their skills and
knowledges by taking advantage of the training and
self-study aids that are available

TESTING &
CERTIFICATION
OPERATIONS: Two series of tests: 8 for automobile mechanics

(Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission, Manual
Transmission & Rear Axle, Front End, Brakes,
Electrical Systems, Heating and Air Conditioning,
and Engine Tune-up); 6 for heavy-duty truck
mechanics (Gasoline Engines, Diesel Engines,
Drive Train, Brakes, Suspension and Steering, and
Electrical Systems); and l body repair and 1

painting & refinishing.
- Tests are developed and administered twice yearly

for the Institute by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey, at approximately 250 different locations throughout U.S.

TESTING AND CERTIFICATION
BOX SCORE, THROUGH FALL 1977

Individual mechanics enrolled
Individual test takers (excluding repeaters)
Number of mechanics passing tests
General mechanics certified (passed all tests)
Number of tests taken
Number of tests passed

266,800
163,800
130,000

22,000
693,000
477,000

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