Advanced Certification

The MECP Advanced Installation Technician Certification requires a minimum of one year’s experience working professionally in the field. This certification is for technicians who have both foundational knowledge and on-the-job experience. Advanced MECP Certification is valid for four years.

Advanced Level Exam

The Advanced Installation Technician Certification exam contains 200 questions and is broken down into five sections. Each of the five sections contains questions specific to the corresponding chapter of the study guide in addition to other related “experienced based” questions in that topic. Each section contains various questions covering the general range of topics indicated below. There is an “on screen” calculator provided for any mathematical computation. Use the MECP Advanced Installation Technician study guide and online practice exam as study resources for this exam.
 

Job Duties and Skills

The MECP Advanced Installation Technician position involves carefully and correctly installing and configuring entry to mid-level difficulty aftermarket electronic products in a wide range of vehicles with minimal supervision.
 

Advanced duties and responsibilities included, but not limited to:

  • Install aftermarket replacements of in-dash audio/video source units (both direct OEM fit replacements with a dash kit and custom fitted replacements requiring cosmetic and/or electrical modification). 
  • Install communication antennas for AM/FM/HD Radio, GPS, Satellite Radio, Telematic Systems and other mobile communication devices without compromising the interior or exterior fit and finish or the safe operation of the vehicle while also understanding how to maximize effectiveness through selecting proper locations.
  • Install reverse cameras, back up distance sensors, in-vehicle video screens of all types, and OEM video screen integration with driver safety as a priority, and in a way that maintains standard vehicle operation and safety features. Screens and monitors should be installed in compliance with all local and Federal laws, as well as in compliance with CTA recommended practice.
  • Install Bluetooth hands-free cellular devices or modules, or wireless audio streaming devices or modules with driver safety as a priority, and in a way that maintains standard vehicle operation and safety features. Hands-free devices should be installed in compliance with all local and Federal laws, as well as in compliance with CTA recommended practices.
  • Possess a complete understanding of how to evaluate and test a vehicle charging system (State of Health), including the use of commercially available, menu driven battery condition and load test equipment, DMMs and Hall-Effect DC current clamps, as well as effectively test for voltage drops, short circuits, open circuits, AC ripple, charging system current output/capacity and key-off parasitic current draw in a vehicle electrical system.