Important Information

Deadlines Extended for ASE Accredited Programs – Updated March 31, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 virus, many programs are unable to complete their renewal applications and compliance reviews at this time. In addition, while virtual instruction may be taking place this spring in some places, many programs are unable to provide hands-on lab instruction. Other activities such as Advisory Committee meetings are being delayed or cancelled. The health and safety of students, school staff, evaluation teams and industry partners is our first concern during this time. Therefore, the ASE Education Foundation is making the following accommodations:

  1. Extending Expirations and Due Dates
    1. Programs with accreditation renewal deadlines from 3/1/2020 to 12/1/2020 will have six months added to their expiration dates.

    2. Programs with compliance reviews due from 3/1/2020 to 12/1/2020 will have six months added to their due date.

    3. Any applications or compliance reviews that were submitted prior to 3/1/2020 but were not completed (due to no on-site evaluation, program improvement needed, pending instructor ASE certifications, etc.) will remain active through 12/31/2020. 
  1. Providing Allowances and Waivers for Accreditation Requirements
    1. Advisory Committee – It may not be possible to hold physical meetings during Spring 2020. If possible,hold the meeting by teleconference instead. Even if the meeting takesplace, it may not be possible to conduct many of the regular activities of the committee (review of curriculum, shop/lab walkthroughs, evaluation of tools and equipment, etc.) ASE will waive requirements for these activities for Spring 2020 in current and future applications and compliance reviews.

    2. Instruction – It may not be possible to provide the required number of hours of instruction and/or provide on-vehicle practice and instruction during Spring 2020. If possible, provide for online classes to continue classroom instruction. Programs whose students are working in part-time or co-op jobs (only where local conditions safely allow) may be able to coordinate with employers to document student task competencies. Even if instruction continues, it may not be possible to conduct other elements of instruction (student progress tracking, student testing, etc.) ASE will waive requirements for these activities for Spring 2020 in current and future applications and compliance reviews.

    3. Instructional Staff – It may not be possible to take ASE tests or attend technical update training during Spring 2020. If possible, use the ASE Renewal App to maintain Auto certifications and use online resources to complete update training. ASE will not waive the requirement that instructors be currently ASE certified in required areas, but will keep all current applications active through December 31, 2020 to enable instructors to complete testing. Up to 5 hours of training on effectively delivering distance learning/online instruction completed in Spring 2020 may be applied to instructors’ technical update training requirement for this year only.

    4. Other Standards – There may be local hardships that prevent a program from completing other aspects of the ASE Accreditation Standards during Spring 2020. If possible, use creative solutions to meet as many of the standards as possible, e.g. conduct a graduate survey online rather than in person, etc. If the program documents these issues, ASE will waive other accreditation requirements for Spring 2020 in current and future applications and compliance reviews as warranted. No program will be penalized for circumstances beyond their control.

The staff and Board of Directors of the ASE Education Foundation appreciate the hard work of administrators, instructors, advisory committee members and evaluation teams to continue the important mission of educating the next generation of service technicians for our industry, especially in these challenging times. Please stay safe and well, follow the guidance of the CDC and health authorities, and know that we are here to support you as you continue that mission.

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March 16, 2020

CORONA VIRUS UPDATES FROM ASE EDUCATION FOUNDATION

As the coronavirus outbreak continues across the country, many schools are closing for an extended period, modifying their schedule, or moving to online instruction. Even if your school does not close, there may be policy changes that affect your program.
We want you to know that the ASE Education Foundation recognizes the challenges this presents for automotive, truck and collision training programs, and that we will work with you to deal with these issues. Here are our current plans and recommendations. We will provide updates to this information as time goes on and conditions change.

  • Advisory Committee Meetings - Move advisory committee meetings to video or teleconference, postpone or limit the number of participants as warranted by local conditions.
  • Accreditation Applications and Renewals - Notify the ASE Education Foundation in writing of school policy changes or closures that impact completion of applications, renewals, compliance reviews, on-site evaluations or update training. We can extend your accreditation or modify requirements as needed.
  • Loss of Hands-On Instruction - Schools that close for an extended period or switch to online instruction may not be able to meet the required number of contact hours or provide hands-on instruction and evaluation for the remainder of the school year. Contact us. ASE recognizes these limitations and will work with each school individually to provide waivers or extensions as warranted.
  • Work-based Learning - Business tours, job fairs, job shadowing and internships all create possible exposure for students and business partners. Each student, school and business should consider these risks when determining whether to participate in these activities.
  • Instructor Update Training - At this time, the 2020 ASE Instructor Conference (July 14-17 in Frisco, TX) remains scheduled as planned. The health and safety of instructors, presenters and guests is our top priority. ASE will continue to closely monitor coronavirus conditions and will announce any changes. You should check the status of state or regional instructor conferences separately.
  • ASE Entry-Level Certification Testing – We have no policy changes at this time. Testing for the 2020 school year will continue as scheduled through the end of June. Testing may only be administered in a secure, proctored environment.

Contact us if you have any questions – info@ASEeducationFoundation.org or 703.669.6650.
We thank you for the important work you do every day. Please stay safe and well.

Mike Coley
President, ASE Education Foundation