PBMA Technical Workshops return for a third season
Following the success of six technical training workshops, the PBMA has announced the continuation of coordinated manufacturer-direct training, with 4 events planned from October 2019 to February of 2020.
Kicking off later this year in Cleveland(October 14thto 16th) the workshops now start midday Monday and wrap up on Wednesday evening, featuring a manufacturer bonus day on Thursday where some manufacturers will conduct additional training geared towards advanced technical training and/or sales training on their latest products.
The PBMA reconfigured the schedule to allow for some expanded education opportunities; where there was a 90-minute session before, you will now see those vendors taking advantage of a 2-hour session, giving them a bit of breathing room to cover a bit more on the technical side.
PBMA intends to offer its certification testing Monday morning prior to the start of the workshop and also Wednesday and Thursday once the event has concluded.
The workshops continue in December in Salt Lake City (December 2 to 6) and then head east to Austin in January and then journeys north to Hartford in February to wrap up the Spring of 2020.
PBMA President James Stanfill said, “Balancing event dates and locations is a real challenge. We never want to overlap with other events and we want to ensure we are making our training events accessible to people in different regions each year.”
Registration is now open for the all four events. PBMA members pay $250, non-members $400. The registration price includes daily morning and evening breaks, three lunches and a catered reception in addition to direct access to all the participating vendors. Already on board for the upcoming training season are DT Swiss, Enduro Bearings, SR Suntour, Magura, Industry Nine and Pedro’s.
The PBMA hopes to announce the final participating brands as well as confirm the Austin dates in the coming weeks.
In addition to the technical training the PBMA is placing emphasis on providing Mechanics and Service Managers important tools for profitability; attendees will participate a few sessions focused on selling service and setting an appropriate labor rate.
A tradition since the inception of these hands-on training events, the PBMA is providing the opportunity for 4 individuals per location to attend these workshops for no charge. These scholarships are 100% funded by theCABDA Expo in order to provide a diverse group of attendees the opportunity to attend, including those who are in need of financial assistance. Scholarships include workshop registration fees, lodging and a stipend for travel and food.
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