12-Volt Talk: Be the Master
How about another selling point for the old timers? MECP could prove invaluable one day if you find yourself out of work. A Master Installer could probably get a gig at any understaffed Best Buy. The pay might not be ideal in the beginning, but full-time work with health insurance could be the difference between a family staying together or falling apart until better opportunities arise.
In conclusion, if you have decided to make being an installation technician your career, you owe it to yourself and the industry to get MECP-certified. Even if this career path might not be forever, your proof of dedication to the industry can only help you with future endeavors. The CEA is spending money to keep the MECP program elevated so it is not just another piece of paper saying you attended a car alarm training seminar.
Let's keep raising the MECP bar. It can be humbling if you don't pass it on the first time around. But that will force you to learn something new and become a better installer—see how that works?