The Test Preparation Guide & Registration Booklet is intended to
help accessory installers study and prepare for the SEMA certification
tests, and should be useful for reviewing the technical knowledge and
other requirements needed to pass each exam.
SEMA certification is a voluntary process through which accessory
installers can prove their abilities to themselves, their employers and
their customers. By meeting all of the eligibility criteria, and by
passing one or more of the SEMA tests, you will earn a valuable
credential, available exclusively to installers of specialty automotive
Certified technicians promote consumer trust and confidence, and
improve the image of the specialty automotive industry. And because the
tests are a true measure of an installer's know-how and expertise, you
will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are among the elite in
your profession-particularly since these credentials are recognized
The program is open to principals and employees of SEMA-member
companies as well as to nonmembers. SEMA invites all eligible
candidates to participate in the certification process, and to join the
industry-wide initiative to raise the level of professionalism and
build a better, more prosperous business.
Why a Certification Program?
In today's competitive environment, quality and customer
satisfaction have become top priorities. To help foster consumer
confidence and trust, and elevate the level of professionalism within
the industry, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has
launched a new initiative: a certification program for accessory
The actual exams were written by industry experts, including
SEMA-member manufacturers and installers representing a broad
cross-section of the accessory market. Their goal was to bring a higher
level of professionalism to installers, and to improve the image of the
industry, through a nationwide certification program.
What is the ASE Connection?
ASE, the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence, is an
independent, nonprofit organization best known for testing and
certifying automotive repair technicians. SEMA has partnered with ASE
to develop a nationwide certification program exclusively for accessory
What Are the Program's Goals?
The primary objectives of the installer certification program are to:
- Elevate the level of quality and professionalism within the
specialty automotive industry by testing and certifying accessory
- Enhance the industry's image and instill consumer confidence.
- Ensure that consumers and new-vehicle dealers have a means of defining an installer's competency and skill levels.
- Furnish a yardstick by which to measure a company's commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.
- Provide for better marketability of the products and services which drive the industry.
Who Should Become Certified?
Certification grants professional credentials, recognizes individual
achievement and serves as an impartial, third-party endorsement of an
installer's knowledge and expertise.
Certification also provides business owners with a valuable
marketing advantage. It's essential, therefore, that as many people as
possible-be they shop owners or accessory retailers, installers,
restylers, product engineers or technical-support advisors-become
How Does the Program Work?
The SEMA certification program includes four tests: electric
sunroofs; body exterior components, such as ground effects and truck
accessories; leather interiors; and roof treatments.
Each exam was written and developed by a panel of industry experts
familiar with a specific test topic. All tests are job related and
designed to measure a candidate's real-world skills.
Each test question has its roots in a test-writing process, whereby
industry representatives meet in a workshop setting to share ideas and
translate them into test questions. Each test question must then
survive review by all workshop participants. All tests are written in a
multiple-choice format and are intended to deal with either the
installation, diagnosis and/or repair of specific types of accessories
with which installers work on a day-to-day basis.
All SEMA tests are administered by ACT, a nonprofit corporation
engaged in test development and administration, and in educational and
vocational research. ACT is well known for its college admission tests.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements?
The SEMA Installer Certification Program has two eligibility requirements:
- Test candidates must have at least two years of hands-on work experience.
- Test candidates must also pass the ASE A6 test in electrical system diagnosis and repair.
Candidates may sign up to take one or more of the SEMA exams. All
tests are offered twice yearly at approximately 700 test centers
nationwide. Technicians who pass both the SEMA and ASE exams, and who
meet the work experience requirement, will receive credentials from
both SEMA and ASE, which are valid for five years. SEMA credentials
include a certificate suitable for framing, an insignia and a wallet
If you fail the ASE A6 test, but pass a SEMA test, you will receive
notification from SEMA that you have passed the SEMA exam However,
credentials will be withheld until you retake and pass the A6 exam. If
you fail either or both the SEMA and ASE tests, you may take them again
during any scheduled test administration in which the tests are
offered-but you must register again and pay the appropriate fees.
Keep in mind, all test results are confidential-you are the only one
who will receive your test scores. Test results will not be given over
the phone nor will they be released to anyone without your written
What Are the Benefits of Certification?
The benefits of the SEMA Installer Certification Program are both personal and professional:
- National recognition-Certification grants professional credentials,
recognizes personal achievement and serves as an impartial, third-party
endorsement of an installer's know-how and expertise on a national
- Enhanced stature-Certification can potentially lead to increased
job opportunities and will increase respect, recognition and
credibility in the industry and profession.
- Higher customer satisfaction-Certification creates a customer
"comfort zone," reduces concerns over warranty-related issues and
provides consumers and new-vehicle dealers with a true measure of an
installer's-and a business owner 's- commitment to quality, excellence
and customer satisfaction.
- More dependable, skilled employees-Certification requires job
experience, study and knowledge of changing technology; it instills
pride and provides employers with a key benchmarking tool to retain,
reward and hire skilled employees.
- Better marketability of the industry's products-Certification
delivers a marketing edge, a quality advantage that's essential to
making your business stronger and more competitive.