The Mobile Electronics Certified Professional (MECP) Committee recently responded to critics.
Specifically, it responded to comments following an editorial in May calling for mandatory MECP certification.
The MECP wants you to know that its basic certification level (the first of three levels) is only that—basic. It’s meant to certify that an installer is at an apprentice level.
By contrast, the upper two levels of MECP certification (advanced and master) indicate that a tech may work on cars on a near or total unsupervised basis.
Secondly, MECP certification is not meant as a one and done exercise. A technician with an expired certification may not have read the most recent revisions.
Third, long-time industry veterans may have an outdated view of the program. Some installation topics that were important 5 years ago are no longer included in MECP studies and exams, which have been updated to reflect the complexities of today’s vehicles.
Kris Bulla and Derek Pace, co-chairs of the MECP Committee have written a full reply to MECP critics here.
It states, “MECP Basic, which requires no previous experience, is an apprentice level credential, not a promise of a highly experienced technician. It’s always helpful when describing an ‘MECP Installer’ to indicate at which level they are certified. “
The MECP reply also includes tips on using MECP to help with hiring. Pace, who owns Certified Sounds in Hawaii said, “From a retail standpoint I am a perfect example of how MECP has provided me with the tools and opportunity to distinguish my business from my competitors and has been one of the keys for me to continue to be and stay successful.”
The MECP Committee also wants you to know that it certifies individual installers, not retailers and that its program is a certification program, not a training program.
Again, we invite you to read the full MECP response here.
The original editorial on MECP was written by Paul Pirro of Tint World and may be found here.