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anyone got it? im applying for an installer job at best buy (im not a huge fan of best buy but its a job) and they want the mecp basic installer certification.

i guess the better question is anyone have the study guide they want to sell me? haha

ive done alot of mobile electronics work so i know most of the basics but you never know it all, anyone taken the test and can speak on how difficult it is?
 

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Pretty sure Primo (wraitherlx) is.
 

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Im Master certified. When I used to work at Worst Buy they didnt require it but now they do. I wish I had the basic installer book but all i have are the advanced and master sets so if you do get the job and need them just let me know. The basic installer test is easy bro. Basic Electrical, Installation Knowledge and Technique, and Introduction to Mobile Electronics Components. If youve got any questions about it just let me know
 

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holy **** your master certified? isnt there only like 100 in the nation that are master certified? i saw that there are 12 here in washington.

i looked up whats on the test and i will definitely have to brush up on my ohms law and basic electronics stuff(diodes capacitors ect)
 

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im mecp certified also. i took the basic test a few years ago then moved to a custom shop that didnt care about certification so i didnt go for advanced (also started at best buy) if you already work there they will buy you the book and pay for your test you just have to ask them. and also you dont have to be certified right away they give you like 90 days. but honestly the test is super easy 100 question multiple choice but its not anything you would know off the top of your head. its just like any test in highschool you have to study the book really well but as long as you do that its super easy. you wont ever use the information on the test to work at best buy its good to have the knowledge but the only thing you need to know well at bby is ohms law. either way just get the study guide and read it good. you will take a practice test at best buy before taking the real test and the practice test is the exact same as the real test. anyways my advice would be work at bby until you get on your feet and start looking to move to a custom shop asap because best buy doesnt pay well at all. i have 5 years experience and can do anything mobile electronics/custom work and they tried to hire me back and offered me 10/hr. plus it might sound weird at first but once you get fast commission is alot better (which is how most car audio shops pay) i was making 250 a week at best buy and 1000 a week at the custom shop (and we werent very busy)
 

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ok thanks for the info man, i dont plan on staying there forever but i need a job, i had a valet job lined up that payed 600+ a week but the asshole that handles that job wont call me back
 

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holy **** your master certified? isnt there only like 100 in the nation that are master certified? i saw that there are 12 here in washington.

i looked up whats on the test and i will definitely have to brush up on my ohms law and basic electronics stuff(diodes capacitors ect)

yeah:D ive been master for about 3 years now. Like LMP said, its really easy. Hell if you pass and need patches ive got some left over if you need them and if you want them ill send them to you.
As far as BBY is concerned. They just changed their policy. So now you do have to be certified. I left them back in December. They will pay for everythng that you need if you get hired there. Alot of the stuff now you arent going to be using as alot of manufacturers got smart and offer their cars with everything in it. Alot of things that you will be doing now is more so integration. You really have to know what you are doing with alot of the newer cars that are coming out as they are coming out more and more complicated each year. As far as pay goes it all depends on where you are at really, I started off at 12 then after i got advanced certified i got paid 18 then when i got master i got paid 26.84. The only thing about it as well is that when i got advanced I became the shop lead/supervisor so of course there was more money thrown my way. All in all thought is that you cant go wrong with them but, as mentioned, you will gain alot more experience with a custom audio shop then at BBY.
 

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yeah i can understand that a custom shop is wayyy better then best buy but as of right now i dont really have a resume, which they all want, ive only done landscape work and installs for friends and family as a job, nothing official.

but who knows if ill get a response since 99% of jobs want you to apply online. i hate applying online i feel like no one even looks at your application, and when i try to go talk to the hiring manager i just get sent to diff people and hassled.

but thanks again wraither and lmp lots of good info i can use!
 

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Hmmm I might be interested in doing this just as a hobby... can anyone provide links to what books i should get to start the process?
 

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Good luck :lol

If you have a full time job it's gunna be tough. It takes a **** load of knowledge and practice. But check with Wraither about the books. He might have some you can borrow.
 

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Good luck :lol

If you have a full time job it's gunna be tough. It takes a **** load of knowledge and practice. But check with Wraither about the books. He might have some you can borrow.
I have WAY to much free time on my hands right now and im in a computer related field that is very flexible with my work hours. I was debating going back to school and keeping my full time position but I would love to walk down this route instead....

I have decent knowlegdge of electronics being in a computer related field, but im sure i have butloads to learn from this....
 

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in all honesty car audio is a dying art. with manufacturers equipping cars with pretty much everything it is getting harder and harder to make money. Only true audiophiles still have a passion for it and most of them either have the knowledge on how to do it themselves or take it to a custom shop. Alot of the jobs now are consisting of integration with the factory components and that can also be a little difficult. another thing is alot of cars (Volvo, Saab, Etc...) are starting to incorporate a kind of data wire system where a bundle of wires are a thing of the past. They pretty much have a couple of wires or even one that will control multiple components and the only way to differentiate between each is a certain resistance. Also some manufacturers are, soon, going to be going from 12 volt systems to 24 volt systems which is a whole new realm along with electric cars and etc.

That being said you have to make sure that it is trully something that you want to do. If you were to try and land something at a retail store (best buy) you may not get paid alot. While if you are trying to go to a custom audio shop you may not get paid alot as well. What it all boils down to is how fast you can learn and comprehend and you experience. The real money right now is in custom work other then that it is pretty much dying out.

Im not trying to deter your way but I just want you to be informed on what you plan on getting into. Being familiar with electronics is one thing but when dealing with car electronics its another thing. I had a guy that used to work for me that was an ET (Electronics Technician) in the Navy for about 10 years and had the understanding but couldnt grasp the concepts that we were doing and could not keep up so he resigned.

If you have anything specific you can ask me and I can let you know with whatever you want to know.
 

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everything can be found on this site
Mobile Electronics Certified Professional

also with each certification you have to a couple years experience to move onto the next and they last only a couple of years themselves until you have to renew them and retake a test.
 

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Yeah I just find it all fascinating and would like to read up on it regardless. If I pass or fail the test doesn’t matter to me, I would just like to gain more knowledge of electrical devices. Granted i would prefer to pass :)...

I’m going to read up on that site and most likely order that review book for the basic level to see how much I like it.
 
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