ASE Supports National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC)

National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence - ASE

ASE Supports SkillsUSA Mission to Develop Next Generation of Skilled Professionals

Leesburg, Virginia – (Trailer Technician) – The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) staff will be on site and providing support for the 2024 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) held June 24-28 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

“ASE is honored to be part of the SkillsUSA Conference again this year,” said Dave Johnson, president and CEO of ASE. “We support SkillsUSA in a variety of ways, including ASE staff serving on technical committees as well as providing tests for the competitions and educational support from the ASE Education Foundation.”

ASE Technician with Flashlight

On the technical side, multiple ASE staff members serve on SkillsUSA technical committees for automotive service technology, automotive maintenance and light repair, collision repair technology, automotive refinish technology, collision damage appraisal and diesel equipment technology. ASE staff members are on site at the Skills Conference to support the efforts of preparing and delivering tests in these areas during NLSC competitions held each summer.

ASE specially develops written tests for the six contest areas that are appropriate for measuring the technical knowledge of both high school and college level students. These written tests are administered to students at one of the skill stations during the national competition. The score each student achieves on the tests administered by ASE, plus the scores achieved for each hands-on skill station, determine the SkillsUSA national finalists for each competition. The top three finalists earn gold, silver and bronze medallions in recognition of their overall knowledge, ability and technical skills in each contest area.

“ASE staff members work hand-in-hand with representatives from a wide range of automotive industry organizations who come together at the NLSC to support the SkillsUSA mission of continued workforce development of the next generation of skilled professionals,” said Johnson. “Our ASE field managers support their respective state and local SkillsUSA competitions by serving as judges and helping to coordinate competitions. In fact, one of our field managers, Mike Batchelor, chairs the state SkillsUSA competitions in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.”

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About the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

Established in 1972 as a non-profit organization, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is a driving force in the transportation industry. As an independent third party, ASE upholds and promotes high standards of service and repair through the assessment, certification and credentialing of current and future industry professionals, and the prestigious ASE Blue Seal logo identifies professionals who possess the essential knowledge and skills to perform with excellence. Today, there are approximately 220,000 ASE Certified professionals at work in dealerships, independent shops, collision repair shops, auto parts stores, fleets, schools and colleges throughout the country. For more information about ASE, visit