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what are some basic certifications i need to become a mechanic ?

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I'm 17 and i dropped out of high school
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Michael’s Answer

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Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification is the typical technician certification. You can take tests any time you feel that you are ready but you cant receive certification until you have 2 years of verifiable industry experience. If you are I a technician training program you can take entry level ASE certification tests. The questions are similar to regular ASE questions but not as many. You can receive EntryLevel ASE certification with no industry experience and they are valid for two years. Check ase.com for more information.
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Zach’s Answer

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Hi Jayme! Great question and something that I know very little about. But, I did some basic searching around the web and learned that in Hawaii (where you seem to be) there is licensing for mechanics. Most people start with jobs in auto-shop and/or hands-on training through school (high school or vocational). So, if you have no experience you may want to look into vocational schools or just start applying to local auto-shops with your resume (I'd recommend dropping it off in person so you can maybe meet the person hiring). Basically, you'll want to ensure you have the hands-on training portion accounted for (see section 1 below), and then to pass the ASE certification exam in at least one area. You'll then have to apply for the license with the Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Board.

Here's a link to the site for Hawaii Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Board: https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/motorrepair/

Here's a link to an FAQ for mechanics in Hawaii that provides some more information: https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/files/2018/12/18-06-MVR-FAQs.pdf

Basically you need the following in order to apply to be licensed as a mechanic in Hawaii:
1) Minimum of two years of full-time "hands-on" working experience or one year "handson" experience and either 1) high school training – three full years of training in either automotive repair or body repair, painting and refinishing or 2) two years of training in a trade, technical school, community or 4-year college or in an apprenticeship program; and
2) ASE certification in one or more areas

Zach recommends the following next steps:

  • Research the Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Board gov't website: https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/motorrepair/
  • Determine whether you meet qualifications to apply for license currently: https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/files/2018/12/18-06-MVR-FAQs.pdf
  • Fill in any gaps in your qualifications (either finding hands-on work and/or certification exams)
  • Apply with the gov't to receive your license
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