Does anyone know of any way to become a certified motorcycle mechanic without going to the schools in Arizona or Florida?? If not does anyone know the names of the two schools? Thanks to all who reply.
You could get a job at a Harley dealership and obtain certification by attending their in-service factory training. I'm guessing that the Honda/Kawi/Suzuki/Yami dealerships participate in similar factory programs. Guys?
As for schools, the "big three" are MMI (Motorcycle Mechanics Institute) in Daytona Beach and AMI (American Motorcycle Institute -?) which has campuses in Arizona and Orlando.
According to John (and they have hired enough grads from all 3 schools to know) the Arizona school is better than the one in Orlando, which is in turn better than the one in Daytona.
Plan on making between $13 - $15 per hour upon graduation, and starting out doing oil/tire changes and new bike prep until you've "proven" your abilities. No dealership is gonna let anyone start building engines or do performance work straight out of school.
If you're gonna start your own business, be sure to take into consideration the necessary tools, insurance, etc. etc.
There's definitely demand for guys (and ladies) who know their stuff and can work well with the public. Good luck!