Tradition has it go apprentice, journeyman, master. There are a certain number of years spent at each level before moving to the next, with time spent, in the field under a master, being more important than passing a written test.
With bikes it is still that way. I would rather have a guy that has been building trannies for ten years do mine rather than a guy with a certificate from a three day course.
There are some master mechanics out there that would have trouble rebuilding a Fox RLT but can rebuild a Sturmey blindfolded. That does not make them less of a master mechanic, they just come from a different era.
As far as replacing a cable in gripshift goes, I would take the guy that knows how to do one of the old Sram shifters the tri-geeks loved(Back when there were only seven cogs in the back) over the simple install of the present gripshift. Even the sixteen year old partimer(my apprentice) at our shop can swap cables in an STI, or any other current shifter.
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