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Old 06-20-14, 06:49 AM
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How do you become certified in being a bicycle mechanic?

i am curious about becoming a bicycle mechanic. i worked in a bike shop before, i asked if i work in the mechanics pit(i have a lot of experience in bike mechanics i do all my own repairs) but they said i needed to be certified. where and or how can i get my certification.
i live in northern VA
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In the USA there is no real "certification program" that is needed or recognized by the industry. There are a number of schools offering instruction and, I suspect, a piece of paper stating your passing the course requirements. Some manufactures are offering on line education and testing too but these are tied into the access to purchase cost reductions from that manufacturer. But many shops, and their service departments, don't view these courses a requirement or a valued benefit when applying for a position. Andy.
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IMO being a bike mechanic would be a great job for a woman that like mechanics. Since there is really no national standards keep at it and or find a shop that recognizes you skills.
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there are a couple schools that offer training.. and upon finishing the course you get a document of that ..

bike shops often want a woman to talk to and sell to women customers , but rarely (small town shops) have skilled applicants.
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In the UK we have Cytech Level 1 to 3. It took a 5 day course and around x6 2 day courses + a 3 day wheel building course, and about $4000 dollars total in fees,to get the level 3.
I did my training with ATG in Manchester UK.
The courses were hard work and intense, I really enjoyed them.
Maybe there is something akin in the USA?
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It's not in your area, but ( Bike mechanics school sets up shop in Portland | OregonLive.com ) may be what you are interested in.
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....they said i needed to be certified.
I'd ask the "they" what exactly they had in mind as adequate certification. As noted, there is no licensing authority for bike mechanics as there are for other occupations.
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most north American shops do not require any type of certification
and accordingly
many have a reputation for inconsistent work

however
it is probably easiest to get a job doing other tasks in the shop
like sales or stocking
then take any opportunity to do mechanic work that you get
including the entry level staple of assembling new bikes from boxes

also
is your forum nickname your own creation
or is it a play on the name of the canadian cycling superstar
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Originally Posted by rydabent
IMO being a bike mechanic would be a great job for a woman that like mechanics. Since there is really no national standards keep at it and or find a shop that recognizes you skills.
Its been my experience that being a mechanic is a great job for a woman that like (sic) shop owners...
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Originally Posted by HillRider
I'd ask the "they" what exactly they had in mind as adequate certification. As noted, there is no licensing authority for bike mechanics as there are for other occupations.
+10 And find a different shop. Independent shops all have their own opinions/ideas. Local shop here offered me a job and I do not have any certification. Ultimately, IMHO, skill trumps certification. Find a shop where you can prove your skills.
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