For today's car owner, auto repair is more complicated than ever. Vehicles keep getting more complex, while technology and diagnostic tools constantly change as well.
ASE is an independent, non-profit organization, and since 1972 we've worked to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying repair and service professionals.
Auto technicians and other professionals who want to become ASE certified can take one or more of ASE's 40-plus exams. The exams are grouped into specialties such as automobile, medium/heavy truck, truck equipment, school bus, collision repair, and more.
The exams stress knowledge of job-related skills. The tests are no cinch to pass; in fact, usually only two out of every three test-takers pass on their first attempt. After passing at least one exam and providing proof of two years of relevant work experience, the test-taker becomes ASE certified. To remain certified, ASE-certified professionals must be retested every five years.
Formed by the collision industry in 1979, I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is an international, not-for-profit training organization. All I-CAR activities and resources focus on helping the industry achieve a high level of technical training.
I-CAR develops and delivers technical training programs to professionals in all areas of the collision industry. In addition, I-CAR provides a communication forum for anyone interested in proper collision repair. I-CAR's primary funding is derived from student tuition and services. This assures that I-CAR can remain unbiased in developing programs and services on an industry-wide basis.
The I-CAR Gold Class Professionals® designation is among the highest recognitions for training available to businesses in the collision repair inter-industry and is designed to help the collision industry meet its changing needs. Businesses who have earned this designation not only achieve a high level of training for each employee, but also maintain annual training to provide their customers with efficient, safe, and high-quality services
The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers, Minnesota (AASP-MN) is an association of nearly 650 independently-owned collision repair, automotive service, and industry supplier businesses dedicated to improving the state's automotive service industry and the success of its members.
As a united voice through AASP-Minnesota we express our views through legislation. Our ongoing presence at the State Capitol, before regulatory agencies and within the greater automotive industry has consistently produced direct and positive results for the day-to-day business operations. We help ensure the future health of our industry by developing and maintaining relationships with those influencing policy affecting our industry. We keep an eye on legislation as it moves through the complicated process of becoming law. We alert our members to changes in policy that affect their business.
The AASP - Minnesota is dedicated to the success of independent operators, providing the technical expertise, management information, and resources necessary to help them succeed as an independent in today's competitive automotive industry.
Autoworks Collision of Wayzata is currently a representative on the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) for Dunwoody College of Technology. PAC is a volunteer committee of representatives providing feedback about the direction of collision repair industry is taking. We as PAC members identify the future and current needs of the technical workforce and evaluate the proper method of ensuring that all students, upon graduation, possess the skills needed to enter the workforce. Last but not least review opportunities for internships, apprenticeships for students to apply the skills learned at Dunwoody and to gain on the job training and additional instruction.
The Shakopee Chamber and Visitors Bureau is committed to promoting business and tourism through membership, partnerships and community involvement.
Autoworks Collision of Shakopee currently sits on the advisory committee for Roosevelt High School's Automotive Collision Repair program. This committee is made up of volunteers from within the local collision industry providing direction for youth interested into moving forward with a career in this exciting industry. In 2012 this committee was involved with getting this course NATEF accredited, making Roosevelt High School the only secondary school in Minnesota to receive this recognition.