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Default Becoming a certified victory/certified mechanic?

I was curious if anyone knew a way to become a victory/polaris certified mechanic? Is there such a thing?

I perused the polaris website and didn't see anything at all in that regard. Thanks for any feedback.
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Go to the Mechanics Motorcycle trade school in Phoenix AZ and then get hired by a Victory dealer for further Polaris knowledge. I believe they even specialize in air cooled twin technology....

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Lan, if you are serious about becoming a Victory certified tech, first set your sights on becoming a competent motorcycle tech. Once you have that, get hired by a Vic dealer as a tech and then go for the Victory specific training.
In order to qualify for the Vic training, chances are your local dealer will want to regard you as one of his up and coming motorcycle techs. These things cost time and money after all and that dealer will want to think he will benefit from the investment he makes in your training.

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Like the other guy posted go to MMI in Arizona or Florida and take the Air cooled V-twin course to get certified. I have 3 friends that are almost done with their education in the Phx campus. They all are taking the 36week package but all of them are done with their harley section. If you want to be taken serious wherever you go MMI is the place to go. It will give you national accreditation that you can use anywhere.

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Turned wrenches for a living for a long time.... Learn to be an electrician.

If you can get into an apprenticeship for electrician, in 4 years you'll be set with no student loans to pay back. You'll get paid to learn it. We pay journeyman electricians $50/hr ($104K/yr with no overtime). You won't make 1/2 that as a motorcycle tech even if you're good at it, fast at it, and don't have come-backs. Plus you have to pay to go to MMI, you will need a place to live while there, food, etc.

Wrenching is swell... but the swelling goes down quickly. The customers will drive you to drinkin'.

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Turned wrenches for a living for a long time.... Learn to be an electrician.

If you can get into an apprenticeship for electrician, in 4 years you'll be set with no student loans to pay back. You'll get paid to learn it. We pay journeyman electricians $50/hr ($104K/yr with no overtime). You won't make 1/2 that as a motorcycle tech even if you're good at it, fast at it, and don't have come-backs. Plus you have to pay to go to MMI, you will need a place to live while there, food, etc.

Wrenching is swell... but the swelling goes down quickly. The customers will drive you to drinkin'.
But with all them poppin bikes to fix out there you *could* become a legend...

I always thought the way to do it is open up your own shop. The $/hr ratio is there to make a comfortable living, but not if you have to pass it all up the line to a dealership owner.

The biggest problem I see with it is their busy season is the riding season. Not the time to be spinnin wrenches IMHO.




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I always thought the way to do it is open up your own shop.
The way to have a million dollars by owning a bike shop is to start with two million dollars.

We all piss and moan about dealers, but it's brutal to be a Vic dealer. You won't sell enough bikes to make a living and you charge too much for service so everyone does their own...

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You need $500,000 cash and perfect credit to even get a dealership and you have to meet their space requirements for a dealership and stock parts... You wanna open a dealership?

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MMI is a waste of time and money if you want to be a Vic tech. Get on with a GOOD dealer, prove to them you are a good worker, teachable, have them send you to the week long course. After a couple of years of training and real world experience you'll be there.

It's kinda like the old Tommy Boy quote, I can certify a piece of crap, but it's still a piece of crap. Experience, good worth ethics, ability to learn mean way more to an employer than a certificate from a revolving door school.

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You wanna open a dealership?
I wasn't talking about a dealership, but rather a private repair shop. We have a few of them in town. They tend to sell used equipment too.




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Listen to sense. MMI and others are money mills.
Not dissing all the instructors at all the motorcycle trade schools but there's a reason they say "those who can't teach".

What's the point? A career? If by career you mean the first ten years eating baked bean sandwiches, taking crap from everybody, and spending all your waking hours ensuring that other peeps bikes are in better shape than yours, then yeppir it's quite a career.

If it's personal enrichment then you don't need to invest years of training. Get bikes, break bikes, fix bikes, fix bikes you broke worse by fixing them until you get the concept of fixing them right the first time. Pays to keep a few bikes around so you improve the chances that one is functional while you are busy fixing the ones you fixed.

I agree with HC. Be a lebtrichan. Good money, opportunities are growing and you can pay to get the work done. Plus you get to hear guys like Pop saying " I don't give a f*** who told you to put that tray there. If you don't move it out of my way I'm gonna have my guys move it and there won't be enough left of it to hang a lamp cord in. Friggin sparky!"

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