PBMA brings mechanic schools, brands together to work on standardized training

By Steve Frothingham

DEL MAR, Calif. (BRAIN) — The industry is moving ever closer to a long-held goal of creating a standardized mechanic certification. Before the CABDA West trade show opened here in January, stakeholders from a surprisingly large number of organizations devoted to bicycle technical training met to begin the process of developing a multilevel certification.

The industry’s two best-known mechanics schools, Oregon’s United Bicycle Institute and Colorado’s Barnett Bicycle Institute, were in attendance at the summit, along with representatives from the technical education programs at Trek, Specialized, SRAM, Shimano, Park Tool and others, including several regional education programs.

“I’ve been in the industry over 40 years, and I’ve not seen that broad of a spectrum of stakeholders in the same room having an open and serious talk about this,” said Ron Sutphin, the president of UBI.

The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association organized the summit and helped create the Bicycle Technical Council, a PBMA initiative.

“It took a great deal of diplomacy to get all of the interested parties in the same room,” said Jeff Rowe, vice president of the mechanics association.

The BTC’s goal is to decide on the elements of an industry standard certification similar to the ASE standard used in the auto industry. …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News