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BSE Level 1 Certification

This program is a half-day practical test that tests your ability to perform all the tasks that might be part of bicycle assembly or maintenance in even the most sophisticated of shops. This includes wheel truing, bearing adjustments, handlebar and seat installation, derailleur setup and adjustments, and brake setup and adjustments. After passing the test, you will have a certificate that demonstrates that you have the ability to assemble a bicycle to the most demanding standards.

WHO TAKES BSE LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION?

The BSE (Bicycle Standard of Excellence) Level 1 Certification exam is open to anyone who has three months or more full-time professional experience assembling or repairing bicycles, or the equivalent hours (500) obtained part-time. We recommend having at least six months full-time experience, or the 1,000-hour part-time equivalent. This is a certification for experienced professionals, not a certification for trainees. If you have six months or more full-time professional experience, you should consider taking the BSE Level 2 Certification exam.

HOW DO I APPLY AND GET ACCEPTED?

Before acceptance into the BSE Level 1 exam, you must provide references that verify you have three-months full-time professional experience, or the 500-hour part-time equivalent. If you do not meet this experience requirement, you cannot take the exam for BSE Level 1 Certification. In this case, you should consider taking the Bicycle Assembly & Maintenance (BAM) training program to earn a certificate of completion.

HOW DO I KNOW THAT I’M READY TO TAKE THE TEST?

Before registering, you may request a test outline, and you can also take the "Readiness Self Assessment" test. The outline will describe more precisely what procedures you will need to perform, what standards and degrees of precision are required in each area, what time limits are in effect, and what scores will be required to pass. With this information, you can set up a mock-test for yourself to get an idea of your preparedness. The R.S.A. test will ask 20+ questions about your mechanical experience that will help you to determine your level of readiness. We would be glad to send the outline or the R.S.A. test by mail, or you can simply download them by clicking the links below.

Level 1 Exam Outline

Readiness Self Assessment Test

ARE THERE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF CERTIFICATION?

Yes. There are 2 different levels of certification that can be achieved by taking the Level 1 Exam. The certificate titles and score requirements are as follows:

Technician 1.0
Must score 60-69.99% and have 2 or fewer critical items on the Level 1 Exam.

Technician 2.0
Must score 70-100% and have 2 or fewer critical items on the Level 1 Exam.

Upon qualification at any level of certification, the testee will receive a certificate bearing the BSE Certified logo:
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WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE TEST?

You will be tested in the following areas:

  • Truing a wheel
  • Adjusting a hub
  • Installing a tire
  • Installing a wheel
  • Adjusting a threadless headset
  • Adjusting a threaded headset
  • Installing crank arms and pedals
  • Positioning and securing stems and handlebars
  • Positioning and securing the seat post and saddle
  • Sizing the chain
  • Sizing and finishing cable housings
  • Aligning and securing controls
  • Adjusting a rear derailleur
  • Adjusting a front derailleur
  • Adjusting a dual-pivot road brake
  • Adjusting a cantilever brake
  • Adjusting a V-brake

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND WHEN IS IT OFFERED?

See Schedule & Prices form for price and schedule information.

WHAT IF I DON’T PASS?

You will receive a score sheet that shows exactly what areas need improvement in order for you to be able to pass the test. You will be allowed to retest during any regularly scheduled test. People retesting get a 30% discount from the current test price.

DO I REALLY HAVE TO MEET THE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT BEFORE ENROLLING?

Yes. The experience requirement is a prerequisite, not a guideline.