The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association (PBMA) is taking steps to develop a universal professional mechanic certification that would be recognized throughout the industry.
The PBMA, which was incorporated this year, expects it will take several years to develop such a standard.
“There are cycling-related certifications that already exist, but those are typically small, very segmented and tend benefit the issuer of the certification more than the certification holder,” said PBMA’s president, James Stanfill. “Our goal is to create a single baseline minimum standard of professional certification that will be recognized throughout the industry.”
Stanfill said the PBMA envisions a standard that would be more advanced than a bike-assembler certification. It would identify a competent pro mechanic and would include requirements for maintaining the certification through continuing education and experience.
The National Bicycle Dealers Association has been in the process of developing an entry level mechanic training and certification process for several years, and this summer the NBDA purchased the long-standing mechanics school, Barnett Bicycle Institute. Stanfill said the PBMA hopes to work with the NBDA and other groups on developing its program. He said once the certification is established, various mechanic education programs could choose to “teach to the certification standard or beyond that standard.”
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Professional Bicycle Mechanic Certification Project
– Call to Action –
The purpose of this Call to Action is to begin the process of developing an industry standard minimum acceptable baseline for the position of “professional bicycle mechanic” with the potential to expand the title with additional endorsements and levels of proficiency.
The PBMA is inviting representatives from throughout the cycling industry to partner with the Association in building out a coalition to develop an initiative for establishment of a Professional Bicycle Mechanical Certification. Through its membership, the PBMA has rapid access to data from mechanics across the industry. This data details work history, training opportunities and experiences, and general employment information from a wide spectrum of current professionals.
Preliminary Information and Proposed Timeline
Feedback from current bicycle mechanics, shop owners, industry groups and other industry professionals strongly indicates a need for a defined standard that is collectively recognized by both the entire industry as well as the consumer. The PBMA is facilitating this process by gathering specific data that will assist in the development of this program by means of:
Proposed Project Timeline:
Present – Interbike 2017
The PBMA will facilitate meetings with all of the industry stakeholders. The goals of these meetings shall be:
2017 – 2018
2018 – 2019
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