What Is NATEF Accreditation?
If you are thinking about becoming a mechanic then you will likely have come across ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) and an organization called NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.) NATEF is a separate not for profit organization under the general ASE umbrella. The subtle difference between the two is ASE deals with a broader remit of improving and promoting mechanic training in general and confers accreditation. They are involved with end users (motorists,) employers and technicians. NATEF is the body which actually evaluates a particular mechanic school so that school can claim to be a NATEF Accredited Mechanic School, display NATEF and ASE insignia, and promote its programs as ASE. NATEF are also responsible for making recommendations to improve program content, practical skills, equipment, and generally raise the quality of training toward a gold standard.
The world of automotive mechanics has changed with the introduction of on board computers to control all sorts of systems. There is now a need for mechanics to be conversant with computers and faults which might occur involving them. Since there are myriad NATEF accredited mechanic school programs, a new one has been introduced specifically designed to cover this new area of expertise. In other words, NATEF promotes a progressive style of learning, so that new programs reflect new technology. They are also keen for mechanics to indulge in refresher courses and to keep their skills and knowledge up to date by periodic retesting.