Master Technician Completes ASE’s One Millionth Computer-Based Test


Exam Delivered in Grand Rapids, Minnesota Prometric Test Center

volume-16-ase-1Chris Bishop of Grand Rapids, Minnesota is literally one in a million. Bishop, ASE Master Technician and manager of Bishop’s Performance, his family-owned business, was the lucky technician to take the one millionth ASE computer-based test, which happened to be the Heating and Air Conditioning (A7) test. In doing so, he won a $500 Snap-on tool certificate as part of ASE’s Million Test promotion. Bishop completed his exam in Prometric’s Grand Rapids, Minnesota, test center.

“We’ve been watching for our one millionth test taker since mid-September,” said Tim Zilke, ASE president and CEO. “We’re pleased to present Chris with a $500 Snap-on Tool Certificate for holding the singular honor of taking that one-millionth test in our computer-based format. It was also interesting to note that, in passing that A7 test, Chris achieved Master Technician Status.”

volume-16-ase-2Bishop has been ASE certified since 1995 and attended Brainerd Technical College to become an automotive technician. Upon graduation, he returned to the family transmission and auto repair shop, Bishop’s Performance. Chris and his father, Dave, still work together, with Chris managing Bishop’s Performance, a NAPA Auto Care Center offering general automotive and specialty transmission services. An avid drag racer, Chris started racing at age 15 with a 1977 Chevrolet Impala, which he ran in local bracket races. He eventually traded in the Impala for a faster 1979 Chevrolet Malibu, which he raced in super gas tracks all across the Midwest. He currently races a 2005 Davis Corvette Roadster in Super Gas and a 1982 Darin Erickson Camaro in Super Street.

“First, all of us at Prometric commend Chris for passing his exam and enriching his career. Earning ASE’s Master Technician credential requires years of hands-on work and learning. Closely second, congrats on impeccable timing. Prometric salutes ASE for its commitment to certifying the professionals who literally keep America moving. We proudly support ASE’s certification goals to ensure those who work as automotive service professionals have the right knowledge and skills to keep our vehicles operating safely. We appreciate the partnership we have continued with ASE for nearly five years and look forward to delivering our next million ASE exams in the years to come,” said Michael Brannick, President and CEO of Prometric.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence was established in1972 as a non-profit organization to help improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians and parts specialists.

Today, more than 300,000 ASE-certified professionals work in dealerships, independent shops, collision repair shops, auto parts stores, fleets, schools and colleges throughout the country. For more information about ASE, visit the Web site at