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Advanced Certification Seminars

Advanced Certification SeminarsThe following classes are short seminars, 2 to 3 days in length, designed for experienced mechanics, or previous graduates who have completed our Professional Repair and Shop Operation course. They are intended to take the mechanic to the next level and achieve the status of master mechanic. Although these classes are scheduled to be taken in sequence as an entire week, they can also be taken individually. A substantial tuition discount is offered when taking both seminars together.

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Special Advanced Seminar Discounts Available!

We are currently offering an additional $100 discount off the Advanced Mechanics Week if you sign up for both the Professional Repair and Shop Operation Course and the Advanced Mechanic Seminar Week consecutively. This discount is in addition to our standard discount of $100 off our Advanced Mechanic Seminar Week (both seminars). That's a total savings of $200 off the Advanced Course, plus you can save on travel expenses by taking them both at once!

Mon & Tue - UBI/DT SWISS CERTIFIED WHEEL BUILDER

Advanced Certification SeminarsWho Will Benefit:
Experienced Mechanics
Graduates of our Pro Class
Career Oriented Mechanics
Those Seeking Certification

Prerequisites: Previous graduate of our Professional Repair and Shop Operation course or a minimum of 1 year experience as a professional bicycle shop mechanic. Previous wheel building experience is also highly recommended.  more details

What You Will Learn

DT StickerThis course is suitable for experienced mechanics who have had some prior wheel building experience or those students who have taken our Professional Repair and Shop Operation course who would like to build on that foundation. We cover the most advanced topics of wheel building, from the theory and physics of the rotating wheel, to varied lacing patterns. Our primary goal is to start you on the path to becoming a master wheel builder. Students will build a high quality set of wheels using all DT Swiss components, and can choose to purchase their wheels at a substantial discount. Those students who pass the final certification exam will become UBI/DT Certified Wheel Builders and will be included on our DT Certified Published List.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Customizing for the Discriminating Customer
  • Hubs, Spoke, & Rim Selection
  • Lacing Patterns
  • Precise Spoke Length Calculation
  • Wheel Design and Symmetry
  • Wheel Dynamics and Loading
  • Tool Selection

Wed through Fri - CERTIFIED SUSPENSION TECHNICIAN

Advanced Certification SeminarsWho Will Benefit:
Experienced Mechanics
Graduates of our Pro Class
Career Oriented Mechanics
Those Seeking Certification

Prerequisites: Previous graduate of our Professional Repair and Shop Operation course or a minimum of 1 year experience as a professional bicycle shop mechanic.  more details

What You Will Learn

Bicycle suspension is one of the most dynamic topics in the industry. With suspension systems becoming more advanced, and even beginner-level bikes coming equipped with suspension, demand for suspension technicians is high. Our 3 day seminar will bring you up to speed on all the current suspension systems, as well as prepare you to service most other systems on the market. By the end of the seminar, suspension theory will be demystified, and you will be intimately familiar with the workings of all the popular suspension fork and shcok designs, as well as the various linkage and full-suspension frame designs on today's market. Our ample supply of the latest suspension-specific tools, parts and accessories assures that you'll return to the shop with a new-found confidence in this exciting area.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Suspension Terminology and History
  • Damper Design, Service and Tuning
  • Spring Design, Service and Tuning
  • Linkage and Frame Designs
  • Suspension Upgrades and Tuning
  • Safety and Liability


Tuition Information

The cost for both Advanced Mechanic Seminars is $950. This represents a $100 discount if taken together, or they may be taken individually for the above prices. There is also an additional $100 discount offered if taking both seminars and the Professional Repair course back to back. A $100 registration fee is required with your signed class application.  It is a good idea to call us before sending in your application to verify availability. Click here for a schedule of classes. For more information, check our mechanics class FAQ page!

Additional Prerequisite Details

Students who do not meet the prerequisite for any of the Advanced Certification Seminars may still take the seminar as an audit, but will be ineligible for advanced certification.

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