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TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION

Working Hours
  • Mon 7:30AM - 5:00PM
    Tue 7:30AM - 5:00PM
  • Wed 7:30AM - 5:00PM
    Thu 7:30AM - 5:00PM
  • Fri 7:30AM - 3:00PM
    Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION

Automotive Service Excellence

Until the early 1970s, consumers had no way to distinguish between incompetent and competent mechanics. In response to this need, the independent, non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was established in 1972.

ASE's mission is to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals.

At present there are over 420,000 professionals with current certifications. They work in every segment of the automotive service industry: car and truck dealerships, independent garages, fleets, service stations, franchises, and more.

Here's how ASE certification works: Prospective candidates register for and take one or more of ASE's 40-plus exams. The tests are grouped into specialties for automobile, medium/heavy truck, truck equipment, school bus, and collision repair technicians as well as engine machinists, alternate fuels technicians, parts specialists, collision damage estimators and auto service consultants.

Upon passing at least one exam and after providing proof of two years of relevant work experience, the test taker becomes ASE certified. Certification, however, is not for life. To remain certified, those with ASE credentials must be retested every five years.

The tests, which are conducted twice a year at over 700 locations around the country, are administered by ACT, known for its academic and occupational testing programs. The exams stress knowledge of job-related skills. They are no cinch to pass; approximately one out of three test takers fails.

Consumers benefit from ASE certification. It is a valuable yardstick by which to measure the knowledge and skills of individual technicians as well as the commitment to quality of the repair facility employing ASE-certified professionals.

ASE-certified professionals usually wear blue and white ASE insignia and carry credentials listing their exact area(s) of expertise (brakes, engine repair, etc.), while employers often display their technicians' credentials in the customer waiting area.

Consumers should look for facilities that display the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence© logo.

What People Say About Us


  • -Mark H.

    I've had Tim (ASE Master Technician) and Nate work on my vehicles and they've always done great work at reasonable prices. Before I recently traded my old Pontiac Vibe in to the dealer, I had these guys get everything in tip top condition and Kocourek gave me a really good price. When my son was up here visiting, the heat shield bracket to the muffler had come loose and was making a terrible noise. These guys knew exactly what it was, got it up on the lift and 10 minutes later, finished. $10 bucks. All without an appointment. I've seen big rigs in there, so they know what they're doing. Highly recommended.


  • -Trevor H.

    These guys run a tight ship and are very professional. They obviously have years of experience. Their customer service is fantastic and I would recommend them to anyone who needs there car worked on!


  • -Nick P.

    This is easily the best auto service within Marathon county, and I've been everywhere. The customer service is on par with a 5 star resort and hotel. Also when shopping around for the lowest price on a job or repair, this place always maintains the best price.


  • -Brad C.

    This is my go-to auto service center. They're reasonably priced, offer quality service, and most of all, they're honest.


  • -Jonathan K.

    West side auto has provided me excellent service time and time again...I couldn't be happier about their quality of work, great customer service, helpful attitude, and competitive pricing. I would recommend this shop above any others.


  • -Brett Y.

    This auto shop is one I trust. They always provide me options with their recommendation along with answering the whys. Highly recommended!


  • -Kyle S.

    I brought my Mercedes into West Side for the first time and they did a great job diagnosing and addressing my issue in a timely and professional manner. Staff is extremely accomodative and friendly as well as seemingly immensely knowledgeable. I no longer live in Wausau but if I did West Side Automotive would be my 'go to' shop for automotive-related repairs. Highly recommended.


  • -Samantha P.

    Excellent service. We're not from the area, had some trouble on Hwy 29 and Tim got us back on the road within the hour!


  • -Lori S.

    I was on my way home to Madison when handling problems with my car started. Even though it was Friday, and snowing, Tim got me in right away. I was back on the road in short order. The price was very reasonable and they also have the best waiting area I've experienced! Thank you very much!


  • -Lisa S.

    Tim & the guys are always so helpful and knowledgeable!! The prices are reasonable and my vehicles are taken care of in a timely fashion- they have always tried to accommodate my needs. I recommend this repair shop to anyone and everyone!!


  • -Chris J.

    Best shop in Wausau. Honest, thorough, and high quality.


  • -Mark H.

    I've had Tim (ASE Master Technician) and Nate work on my vehicles and they've always done great work at reasonable prices. Before I recently traded my old Pontiac Vibe in to the dealer, I had these guys get everything in tip top condition and Kocourek gave me a really good price. When my son was up here visiting, the heat shield bracket to the muffler had come loose and was making a terrible noise. These guys knew exactly what it was, got it up on the lift and 10 minutes later, finished. $10 bucks. All without an appointment. I've seen big rigs in there, so they know what they're doing. Highly recommended.

Call us for service: 715-842-0300

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