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.
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.
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.
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.
SCHEDULE FOR 2018/2019
The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association will continue its technical education conferences in the Fall of 2018 and continuing into the early part of 2019. The Technical Workshops were launched in late 2017.
With a focus on hands-on technical training, Technical Workshops ensure that mechanics are up-to-date on the latest products. Returning to the Tech Workshops are SRAM, DT Swiss, SR Suntour, Campagnolo, Stanâ€™s No Tubes, Full Speed Ahead, Enduro Bearings and Magura. New to the program are Bosch, Rotor Bike Components and Maxxis.
In addition to the manufacturer-direct technical sessions, the PBMA, alongside Winged Wheel, are developing new seminars with a focus on professional development aimed at bolstering the mechanic’s personal business development skills.
Early sponsors for this next round of workshops include Park Tool, Kryptonite, Prestacycle, Efficient Velo Tools, Feedback Sports, Silca, Finish Line and United Bicycle Institute.
In 2017 and 2018, the PBMA saw 255 mechanics participate in 3-day workshops in Denver, Portland, and Dulles. For 2018 and 2019 the PBMA is eyeing Phoenix, Atlanta, and Philadelphia, with dates and full details to be announced soon.
PBMA Members save $100 on course registration, which includes a reception, lunches, and snacks. New this year will be a product showcase where presenters and sponsors can present their latest tech and products to those in attendance without a tech training session.
Attendance will be limited to 96 participants per location with registration opening to members of the association exclusively for the first 30 days. Workshops will begin Monday evening and continue through Thursday afternoon in each location.
For brands and manufacturers wishing to connect with mechanics at the PBMA Technical Workshops please contact PBMA President James Stanfill (President@ProBMA.org). There are a limited number of presentation and sponsorship spots still available.
For more information visit www.ProBMA.org/PBMA-Technical-Workshops
Members of the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association can now register for its 2018 / 2019 PBMA Technical Workshops. The three-day workshops are planned for Philadelphia, Peachtree City, Georgia; and Phoenix.
Workshops are $375 until October 16. A price increase of $25 is applied after that date.
Workshops kick off Mondays with check-in and a product expo followed by catered reception and keynote speaker.
For more information and registration visit: ProBMA.org/PBMA-Technical-Workshops. PBMA members may login to the site and navigate to “discounts” to access the discount code to save $125 on their registration fee.
Dates and Locations:
Brand participating in the tech sessions: Bosch • Campagnolo • DT Swiss • FSA • SRAM • Stan’s NoTubes • Pedros • Winged Wheel • SR Suntour • Enduro Bearings • Magura • Rotor Bike Components • Maxxis Tires • PBMA.
Sponsors: Park Tool Company • Feedback Sports • Silca • Presta Cycle • Efficient Velo Tools • Kryptonite • Finishline
PBMA Launches Certified Shop Program
The PBMA announced today that it has launched a Certified Shop program, based on its own Mechanics’ Certification and focusing on a shop’s service credentials.
A PBMA Certified Shop is a shop employing Certified Professional Bicycle Mechanics and is a genuine resource within its community. Certified Shops will gain insurance discounts, streamlined distributor access, and two mechanic memberships per location.
“The idea of the program is to highlight shops that are focused on service and provide qualified service to consumers. By certifying their mechanical staff and recognizing the shop as a leader in service, we can highlight the businesses as well as the technicians in our Directory,” said PBMA President James Stanfill.
The PBMA Certified Shop program is not exclusive to traditional bicycle shops; the program recognizes all legitimate bicycle businesses, including mobile, service-only, and brick-and-mortar shops.
“In January, we had a great discussion with a handful of independent mobile owners and came to the conclusion that there are challenges for legitimacy within our industry for businesses that aren’t built in the traditional sense.”
In discussion with owners of traditional shops, mobile shops, and service-only enterprises, we thought the best way forward in our changing industry would be to continue to look specifically at service and what service can provide for the shop and the community,” Stanfill said.
Shops interested in joining the PBMA and applying to be certified may visit:
The application process gathers data to verify that the shop is operating legally per their local laws and in a professional manner. PBMA Mechanics’ Certification is presently open and free for members of the Association, with additional in-person certification set to launch at Interbike Marketweek later this year.
Comments from around the industry:
Jim Kersten said, “CABDA fully supports this latest development from the PBMA. It is high time our industry came together to focus on service, and PBMA is the only organization in our industry that can do it. Creating an organization that serves the interests of mobile operators, service-only folks, as well as traditional IBDs is hugely important to the future viability of our profession. Going forward, we will be curtailing our membership component in order to more fully support the PBMA’s Shop Certification program”
“As an owner/operator of an independent mobile bicycle service I applaud the efforts of the PBMA in creating standards and certifications for bicycle mechanics. Operating as a PBMA Certified Shop will only add to the confidence my clients have in me as a mechanic. The certification process will also help ensure that the industry standards needed to assemble modern bicycles are highlighted and adhered to. This in turn will build confidence within the bike industry of service driven shops”, said David Ricker of Pedalin’ Fools Mobile Bicycle Services
Michael Gavagan, owner of Gav the Mechanic, a service-only shop in Boulder, Colorado said, “Having Certified Mechanic and Certified Shops will provide the accountability that consumers are looking for when seeking out a shop that can provide that higher level of professionalism.”
Existing PBMA Shop Members, CABDA Dealer Members, and mobile repair options Velofix and Beeline Bikes, already corporate supporters of the PBMA, will have their locations fast-tracked into the PBMA Certified Shop program.
PBMA Technical Workshops return for a third season
Following the success of six technical training workshops, the PBMA has announced the continuation of coordinated manufacturer-direct training, with 4 events planned from October 2019 to February of 2020.
Kicking off later this year in Cleveland (October 14th to 16th) the workshops now start midday Monday and wrap up on Wednesday evening, featuring a manufacturer bonus day on Thursday where some manufacturers will conduct additional training geared towards advanced technical training and/or sales training on their latest products.
The PBMA reconfigured the schedule to allow for some expanded education opportunities; where there was a 90-minute session before, you will now see those vendors taking advantage of a 2-hour session, giving them a bit of breathing room to cover a bit more on the technical side.
PBMA intends to offer its certification testing Monday morning prior to the start of the workshop and also Wednesday and Thursday once the event has concluded.
The workshops continue in December in Salt Lake City (December 2 to 6) and then head east to Austin in January and then journeys north to Hartford in February to wrap up the Spring of 2020.
PBMA President James Stanfill said, “Balancing event dates and locations is a real challenge. We never want to overlap with other events and we want to ensure we are making our training events accessible to people in different regions each year.”
Registration is now open for the all four events. PBMA members pay $250, non-members $400. The registration price includes daily morning and evening breaks, three lunches and a catered reception in addition to direct access to all the participating vendors. Already on board for the upcoming training season are DT Swiss, Enduro Bearings, SR Suntour, Magura, Industry Nine and Pedro’s.
The PBMA hopes to announce the final participating brands as well as confirm the Austin dates in the coming weeks.
In addition to the technical training the PBMA is placing emphasis on providing Mechanics and Service Managers important tools for profitability; attendees will participate a few sessions focused on selling service and setting an appropriate labor rate.
A tradition since the inception of these hands-on training events, the PBMA is providing the opportunity for 4 individuals per location to attend these workshops for no charge. These scholarships are 100% funded by the CABDA Expo in order to provide a diverse group of attendees the opportunity to attend, including those who are in need of financial assistance. Scholarships include workshop registration fees, lodging and a stipend for travel and food.
To register or apply for a scholarship please head to:
The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association is a 501c(6) non-profit whose mission is to Promote, Develop and Advocate for the Professional Bicycle Mechanic.
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