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Posted: April 06, 2005 at 7:58 AM / IP Logged  
Hi,
First let me start by saying fair play to every one that contributes to this site its a very helpful site and very informative.
I'm just wondering about a couple of things. I have been working on cars since i was bout 16. and i've always done my own work including fitting alarms, car audio, engine rebuilds. I'm from Ireland and i've been looking so see if there is a qualification or training course for fitting alarms. I can't seem to find any over here.
Also i see the recommended reading books there and noticed the MCEP Course how would you rate this and is there any other book that you would recommend for someone of 'Competant DIY' status.
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Posted: April 06, 2005 at 10:23 AM / IP Logged  
Setting yourself to a good foundation is very important and MCEP book is a good start. So, learned and read as much as you can about electronic stuff that can go into a car. Then practice on your friends and family car. There is nothing like practicing what you learned on a real car.      
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Posted: April 06, 2005 at 10:40 AM / IP Logged  
I can't do the exam over here i checked with the local prometric centre.
i was looking to get that book amazon don't have it
do you have any suggestions
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I know this school here will have MCEP books. I bought books from them before.
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Remember that certifications are just a piece of paper.  Your work in the "real world" since you were 16 is going to be of much more value than reading a book or holding a certificate.  These are just the facts of life.

I've been working in the IT field for over eight years and though I've passed a couple certification test, don't really hold any significant certifications of any kind.  I do have plans to pursue something like this in due time, but I hold this priority WHERE IT IS.  Don't let pursuit of a certificate (piece of paper) get in the way of continuing to get real world experience.  Nothing will teach like experience.  Many people will also vouche for this.

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Posted: April 09, 2005 at 5:48 AM / IP Logged  
Yeah i'm in IT aswell.
I know what your saying just thought that i would try get something..
As for Real world Experience Your spot on there i have come across situations that no classroom or book prepares you for think some of the guys here would agree.
Cheers for the input folks
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Posted: April 09, 2005 at 12:27 PM / IP Logged  
if youre not certified, then have a resume or portfolio to back ur competent up.
ireland might have a diff certification than the US and canada do.
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Posted: April 09, 2005 at 3:58 PM / IP Logged  
Hey jackasses, it is MECP not MCEP. I mean how many times are you guys gonna transfer the same error in one post.
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Posted: April 09, 2005 at 6:07 PM / IP Logged  
i've been searching for a course here and there is none. i know two alarm guys and both have no certification
i actually did find one basic course but it only gives you a certification f attendance and its €200 for 6 hours no thanks not for something without a cert from some kind of official body.
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bobk wrote:
No cert= low pay Cert= high pay. Experance sometine is the best teacher and with a cert in your field you will make more money then the person that has no cert and works right beside you and that may know more then you.

Sure isn't the case where I work.  Most of our IT engineers with mass certs are straight out of college and our lowest paid here.

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