Behind the Mobile Electronics Certified Professional Cert
“There was so much information to document and so many industry titans to work with, but as difficult as it was, the volunteer contributors were very dedicated to the time-consuming task,” recounts Giorgio. According to Giorgio, many aren’t aware that Shrode, one of the program’s founders, aggregated most of the initial documentation work.
“It really was his baby. When Kerry left, I was tasked with getting the unfinished manual out the door,” recalls Giorgio. It took over a year to produce that first MECP installation manual (now referred to as a study guide). Shortly thereafter came the very first Basic, then First Class (now known as ‘Advanced level’), certification exams. In late 1995, the MECP program changed hands and became part of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Under CEA’s guidance, the MECP program has grown and developed into an important industry asset.
Fast forward a little over 20 years from its inception and MECP has evolved into a multi-tiered, industry specific and recognized credential for installation technicians. The program also has an entry-level credential sales professionals too. The MECP levels are as follows: