Whether you have worked in the mobile electronics industry for years or just a few months, you have something to gain from MECP certification. Professionals know the theory behind the techniques, they have learned the industry’s best practices and they have earned a certification developed and supported by the entire 12-volt industry.
Enjoy the Benefits
There are many benefits to becoming MECP certified. For starters, MECP certification is good for your career, proving to a potential employer that you are a professional who is committed to the mobile electronics industry. Not only does certification strengthen your resume, it often boosts your paycheck, as many retailers offer increased compensation to certified installers.
Made for the Real World
MECP certification proves that you know the theories and techniques required to be a professional in the installation bay. Exam questions ask you to identify real-world solutions to real-world problems, like eliminating noise, selecting proper gauge wires, determining ground locations, dealing with customer issues and much more.
This exam is designed for installers with less than one year or no experience working in a retail environment. The test covers basic electronics, installation techniques, shop safety and an introduction to mobile electronic components. There are no prerequisites, and all you need is the Basic Installer Study Guide to prepare.
Length of Certification: Two years from date of test.
Detailed Test Information
The Basic Installer certification exam is a 150 question multiple-choice test broken down into three 50-question sections. The questions within the three sections can be further broken down into the categories listed below. The numbers in parentheses indicate the approximate portion of the 50- question sections devoted to each subject.
1) Ohm’s Law (18%) – These questions require basic knowledge and understanding of Ohm’s Law and the math involved to solve specific problems. Since calculators are not allowed on the MECP Basic Installer Test, the actual math is considered to be at grade-school level.
2) Electronic Components (44%) – These questions deal with physical electronic components such as resistors, capacitors, relays, diodes and batteries. This section also covers related units of measure such as Ohms, Farads and Henries.
3) Measurements and Applications (38%) – This section tests you on measurements and applications of learned principles. This section also covers units of measure such as volts, dBs and amperes.
4) Components Applications and Usage (18%) – These questions pertain to the way that a component is applied or used in an installation, such as selecting the appropriate size or type of wire.
5) Troubleshooting, Measurements and Analysis (60%) – This section covers the identification and diagnosis of common installation errors and components that don’t operate properly. This section also includes the use of tools that aid in diagnosis, most notably the Digital Multi-Meter (DMM).
6) Power and Hand Tools (16%) – These questions are classified as tools that are not considered to be measurement and troubleshooting tools.
7) Safety Issues (6%) – This section includes questions related to shop safety and proper use of safety equipment.
Wireless (25% of Intro test section):
8) Components (17%) – These questions pertain to the equipment found in a wireless communication installation such as antennas and hands-free speakers.
9) Installation (83%) – This section covers the installation of wireless communication products such as antenna and microphone placement.
Security (25% of Intro test section):
10) Components (53%) – These questions relate to the installation of mobile security and convenience products such as proper fusing and programming.
11) Installation (47%) – This section covers the installation of mobile security and convenience products such as proper fusing and programming.
Navigation (25% of Intro test section):
12) Components (58%) – These questions pertain to the equipment found in a navigation installation, including all forms of data collection for location plotting.
13) Installation (42%) – This section covers the installation of navigation products such as antenna placement and wired connections.
Autosound (25% of Intro test section):
14) Basic Audio Theory and Analysis (83%) – These questions deal with basic acoustic theory as it relates to sound in the mobile environment.
15) Installation (17%) – This section includes questions related to the installation of a mobile audio system.
This exam is designed for installers with more than one year of experience in a retail environment. The exam covers advanced electronics theory, autosound, security and troubleshooting. Installers who are relatively new to the trade should consider taking the Basic Installer exam first, while those with more experience may feel comfortable going right to the First Class exam. Testers will need notarized proof of their experience. Use the MECP Study Guide, Second Edition to prepare.
Length of Certification: Four years from date of test
The Master Installation Technician certification is the highest level of achievement requiring a minimum of three years hands-on installation experience and a valid Advanced Installation Technician certification. Individuals that achieve this status are considered as the leaders in their organization. MECP recommends that exam candidates first read the MECP Master Installation Technician Study Guide. You must have at least 3 years of experience and the Advanced Level Certificate.
Length of Certification: Four years from date of test