DFC vs ASE?
Updated: Aug 8, 2018
How does the Diesel Fundamentals Certification stack up to Automotive Service Excellence?
Whats the difference? The DFC is a set of gates that someone must progress through to prove to companies that they have hands on experience, course experience and have passed a stringent exam.
In March of 2017, a task force comprised of stakeholders from the leading transportation companies, including service managers, master technicians and fleet managers gathered at the American Trucking Associations 2017 TMC (Technology and Maintenance Council.)
The goal of this meeting was to establish baseline skill expectation and standards for entry level diesel technicians. The task force reviewed more than 100 comprehensive surveys received from transportation companies across the United States and developed a final “task list” of skills and training that companies should reasonably expect entry-level technicians to possess.
In an effort to bring new diesel technicians into the market, the Diesel Fundamentals Certification (DFC) is used to credential entry level technicians and create an industry standard for hiring and performance expectations.
The DFC is the entry point for a new technician in the diesel industry. More than just a resume, it shows employers that you have hands on experience, theoretical knowledge of the systems on which you will be working and have passed rigorous examination.
Employers understand that hiring an employee with a DFC ensures a capable and professional employee dedicated to both the company and the profession and willing to work hard to improve and add to their diesel technician skill set.
There are three steps to earning the DFC.
Step 1. Proof of Hands on-experience. Only individuals who have completed an educational program in automotive, diesel or have requisite work experience in either area, may sit for the DFC exam.
Step 2. Online Courseware. Employers expect proof that you have mastered the theory behind diesel systems, equipment and technology. You’ll do this by completing a one of a kind course that’s quite unlike any on-line course you’ve ever experienced. It actually gets to know YOU. It understands your strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, people progress through the course at different paces. Think of the course as more of an on-line tutor. Instead of telling you that you passed or failed. It helps with this areas where you need help and lets you quickly progress through areas where you have solid understanding. This course will take anywhere between 7-14 total hours. Its an investment, but well worth it.
Step 3. The DFC Exam. The DFC is a 60 question exam that evaluates your mastery of the diesel principles in the course and curriculum. The exam is pass-fail. Passage of the exam+hands on experience+completion of the courseware earns the DFC Certification.
You Passed the Exam!
There are now dozens of the best transportation companies all over the United States just waiting to hire you. Why are they going to hire you?
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Congratulations! There are dozens of companies just waiting to hire you!
Ughh. You did not pass the exam
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