National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

Being Relevant Matters

The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), the educational arm of ASE, produced the Being Relevant Matters publication which is a correlation of automobile technician tasks and the corresponding integrated academic skills in English, Math and Science. The complete crosswalk of tasks can be found at The publication is also aimed at increasing graduation rates, enhancing employment and promotion potential for entry-level technicians and complementing STEM and Common Core State Standards initiatives throughout the country. Secondary school administrators, curriculum planners, and instructional resource developers can also use the academic/industry skills integration manual to design courses for automotive technology that carry academic credit toward high school graduation requirements.

NATEF Survey

The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) surveyed 800 educators, students and technicians to identify and validate the necessary training criteria and related competencies against which employers should hire. The survey results validated the need for automotive service technology program accreditation and national, portable and stackable industry student credentials.