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Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association

The mission of the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association (PBMA) is to Promote, Develop and Advocate for the Professional Bicycle Mechanic. 

To promote the professional bicycle mechanic, PBMA takes steps to educate the public, the industry and the sport about the importance of a well-trained and experienced bicycle mechanic to facilitate the enjoyment, safety and profitability of the sport.  

To advocate on behalf of the professional bicycle mechanic, the PBMA educates consumers, manufacturers and teams about the value and need for a qualified bicycle mechanic, and we are working on a pathway to develop future bicycle mechanics. Moreover, the organization is working with the established cycling community to evolve the image of the bicycle mechanic into a professional expert.

To develop the professional bicycle mechanic, the PBMA educates and builds upon the education of bicycle mechanics. Whether a mechanic’s trade application is race, shop or industry, PBMA aspires to keep their skills valuable and relevant. PBMA are currently working alongside the existing educational institutions to provide a codified system, by which mechanics can become Recognized Professionals.

The Importance of Becoming a Certified Bicycle Mechanic

Why is an independent third-party certification important?

Third-party certification is the only method of certification that is independently developed and verified thereby removing conflict of interest and providing significant meaning.
The classifications of certification methods are:

First-party certification, which is a self-declaration. “I am a Certified Bicycle Mechanic because I meet the criteria which I have defined and therefore can say that I am a Certified Bicycle Mechanic.”

​Second-party certification, which is when a company or training provider creates its own verification program for candidate certification. “I am a Certified Bicycle Mechanic because I meet the criteria defined by the single organization that provided my training.”

Third-party certification verifies that a product, process or service meets defined, industry-independent criteria or standards as reviewed by an impartial party. “I am a Certified Bicycle mechanic because I meet the criteria defined by the impartial association that maintains the industry’s standard.”


Founding members joined the PBMA during the first year of membership with a generous pledge which included a lifetime membership.  Founding members are visionary leaders in our field and believe in the core values of the PBMA – promote, advocate and develop professional bicycle mechanics.  Founding members are invited to join leadership and directional discussions and may include past, current and future board members as well as industry advocates who believe in the possibilities of an amazing future.  If you are interested in joining as a founding member please contact us by clicking here.

The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association would like to thank the following individuals for believing in us early on and strengthening our vision by becoming a founding member. 

  • James Stanfill​ –
  • Brent Williams – Quest CycleTech
  • Park Tool Companye
  • Kenny Kallista – Appalachian Bicycle Institute
  • Shaun Bergen – Two Wheel Theory Ltd.
  • United Bicycle Institute
  • Ric Hjertberg – Wheel Fanatyk

All membership levels of the PBMA contribute to the development of important industry programs that support the Promotion, Advocacy and Development of the Professional Bicycle Mechanic

Individual Members receive full access to the PBMA Forum in addition to voting rights, discounts on training, and select exclusive Members-only offers. For details onMechanic and Industry Memberships, click here
Shop Members are featured in and receive access to the PBMA’s official directory listing, in addition to receiving discounted Individual Membership rates for their employees. For details on Traditional, Mobile, Service Shops, click here
Corporate Members receive complete access to the results of PBMA Surveys, in addition to promotional opportunities including logo placement on select PBMA materials and communications. For details on Manufacturer, Distributor and Industry Memberships click here.

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