Why Be Certified
Certification - the Big Picture
In the United States today there are over 200 different certification categories from asbestos to zoology. Each category may have thousands or even tens of thousands of people certified. These professionals have found that becoming certified has brought value to their personal lives. The benefits are both personal and professional.
So why has our industry developed this certification program? Like other industries, the outdoor power equipment community recognizes that new, sophisticated equipment continues to be developed, and it needs qualified technicians to maintain and repair it. There has been no industry-wide method for measuring a technician's skill level--until now. Most dealers will tell you that when they are looking to hire a new technician, certification is a highly respected credential and can make the difference when it comes to choosing the right person for the job.
Certification and YouThe EETC recently conducted a survey of certified technicians and asked them, "Why did you become certified?" Here are their Top Ten Reasons:
10. Because I'm proud of what I do
9. Certification makes me feel like a professional
8. To improve my skills and abilities
7. To get national recognition
6. To gain the respect of other techs
5. Because my dealer offers salary increases for certification
4. In order to be eligible for promotion
3. To gain more credibility with distributors
2. To open up more job opportunities
1. It shows customers my commitment to service
You can see by these answers that becoming EETC certified is a plus no matter how you look at it. Although its value will be personal to your goals, you will be recognized by everyone in the power equipment industry for your achievement.