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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.
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
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
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,
is entirely voluntary, and is based on difficult, meaningful tests
of mechanic skills and knowledges.
WHAT GOOD IS CERTIFICATION?
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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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
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE EXCELLENCE
Non-profit corporation under the laws of the District
Improve automotive service by providing recognition
- Earn increased consumer confidence in the quality
of automotive repairs
Stimulate improvement in educational programs for
Governed by a 36-member Board of Directors selected
3 Working mechanics
Provides recognition for the competent mechanics
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
Encourage mechanics to improve their skills and
(Engine Repair, Automatic Transmission, Manual
painting & refinishing.
for the Institute by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey, at approximately 250 different locations throughout U.S.
TESTING AND CERTIFICATION
Individual mechanics enrolled