The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) today announced the launch of the first Mobile Electronics Certified Professional (MECP) Technician of the Year award.
MECP will select a car audio/technology installer based on his adherence to MECP principles. The winner will receive a paid trip to CES in Las Vegas in 2019.
Technicians can nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague by April 1. Then a panel of seven judges ranging from store owners to manufacturers, will evaluate all candidates. They will be judged on their responses to the questions on the nomination form. These center on maintaining a professional standard of installation, following MECP best practices, and ensuring a safe work environment.
“Creating this award enables us to honor the most elite technicians in the field for their superior work and dedication,” said Ellen Savage, VP Member Programs, CTA. “MECP-certified technicians are highly skilled professionals who have earned this credential through a rigorous testing process. Their work allows consumers to incorporate the latest technology into their existing vehicles, while providing them the peace of mind that it has been installed or serviced by a highly qualified industry professional.”
Three finalists will be selected and notified by the end of April, and must then submit a five-minute video that explains what inspired them to become MECP certified and how that has made a difference in their career.
The winner will be announced on September 15.
“The MECP Technician of the Year Award was developed to recognize the efforts of an individual who has not only achieved Advanced Certification or higher, but who also represents, at a very high level, the standards and principles around which the Mobile Electronics Certified Professional program is built,” said Kris Bulla, MECP Committee Chairman. “We are excited to start this process and look forward to selecting our award winner later this year.”
MECP is owned and operated by CTA. It is the only nationally recognized credential that certifies mobile technology installation technicians and sales people on automotive information technology, entertainment, navigation, safety and security systems.