The diploma and associate of applied science degree programs in Automotive Technology are certified by the ASE Foundation, formerly the National Automotive Technicians education Foundation (NATEF). Founded in 1983 as an independent, non-profit organization, the mission of the ASE Education Foundation is to improve the quality of automotive technician training programs nationwide at secondary and postsecondary public and proprietary schools. To accomplish this mission, the ASE Education Foundation examines the structure, resources, and quality of training programs and evaluates them against standards established by the industry. These standards reflect the skills that students must master to be successful in the industry. ASE Education Foundation also works with students to increase career awareness opportunities in the automotive repair industry.