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With many programs unable to complete their renewal applications and compliance reviews due to the difficult times we are facing, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has extended its deadlines for accredited programs.

Programs with accreditation renewal deadlines or compliance reviews due from March 1, 2020, to December 1, 2020, will have six months added to their expiration or due dates respectively.

“The health and safety of students, school staff, evaluation teams and industry partners is our first concern during this unprecedented time,” said Mike Coley, president, ASE Education Foundation. “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. Therefore, we felt it was only appropriate to extend expiration and due dates.”

ASE is also allowing any applications or compliance reviews that were submitted prior to March 1, 2020, but were not yet completed due to no on-site evaluation, program improvement needed, pending instructor ASE certifications, and other factors to remain active through December 31, 2020.

“The staff and board of directors of the ASE Education Foundation appreciate the hard work of administrators, instructors, advisory committee members and evaluation teams who continue the important mission of educating the next generation of service technicians for our industry, especially in these challenging times,” said Coley. “We want everyone to 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.”

For more information about the deadline extensions for ASE accredited programs, visit www.aseeducationfoundation.org/coronavirus.

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