• George P. Heidler, Jr. Automotive, Transportation and Logistics Academy
    at Valley High School
    “Pathway to ASE Certification”

    CTE Automotive Technology Program at Valley High School
    awarded NATEF Certification in May 2012
    Accreditation of an automotive training program brings with it program credibility, prestige, recognition, and overall program improvement. The accreditation process benefits everyone: schools, students, future employers, and the automotive service industry.

    1st high school in Orange County with this honor!

    National Automotive Technician's Education Foundation (NATEF) Certification
    NATEF The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) was founded to develop, encourage, and improve automotive technician education. NATEF examines the structure and resources of training programs and evaluates them against nationally accepted standards of quality. NATEF's precise national standards reflect the skills that students must master. The NATEF evaluation process ensures that accredited training programs meet or exceed industry-recognized, uniform standards of excellence.

    Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification
    ASE The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was established by the automotive industry to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive repair technicians. An automotive repair technician that is ASE certified means that they have gone through an extensive amount of training. To become ASE-certified, individuals must pass an ASE test and have at least two years of relevant full-time, hands-on work experience in the motor vehicle service industry. Training in a NATEF certified automotive program may be substituted for one year of work experience.

    The motor vehicle repair industry has taken on a new sophistication. It requires advanced technical training and computer literacy. Today's automotive technician must have:

  • Thorough knowledge of automotive systems and components
  • Good computer skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Above average mechanical aptitude
  • Good reasoning ability
  • Ability to read and follow instructions
  • Manual dexterity