I started with Volkswagen officially in Nov of 2003. One of my goals early on was to become a Master Certified technician(or mechanic). I didn’t realize how hard it would be to achieve that goal. I never thought it would take 8 years!
When I started with the VW Academy, I knew that I was making a good choice. It really jump started my certification. I spent 11 weeks training on nothing but VW cars. In order to be a Master Tech, I had to complete over 20 instructor led training classes. Each class is 2-4 days. That only counts the base classes, that doesn’t even include all of the new technology classes. On top of passing all of those classes, there are several web-based training modules that need to be completed. It is not a easy, or a fast thing to do.
After completing all of that training, there are 5 tests that have to be completed. On the surface, 5 tests at 35 questions each, seems easy. I thought so, until I failed ALL 5 the first time around. It was a humbling experience. Since I failed the tests, I had a 30 day wait time before I could retake them. VW takes the tests VERY seriously. A member of corporate has to watch and make sure mechanics are not cheating. I am not sure that I have ever taking tests as hard as these. How would I know “What is the wait time before working on a airbag system on a 1993 Cabriolet”? That is the style of questions that are on the test! FYI~the wait time is 20 minutes!
Well, as of 12/22/11, I am happy to say that I am a certified Master VW mechanic! Its cool that I am one of about 100 folks that have this level of certification. Now get some sweet business cards! I also get some cool patches for my work shirts, I probably will never put on.
Thanks to everyone that has helped me out over the years! It has been a long, exciting, journey and I am glad to finally hit a HUGE career goal!