This program is a one day practical test and written test that tests your ability to perform all the tasks that are part of the bicycle mechanic's job description, and whether you have the understandings of component fit and compatibility, parts failure, and troubleshooting that make the difference between an assembler and a mechanic. After passing the test, you will have a certificate that demonstrates that you have the ability to repair a bicycle to the most demanding standards.
WHO TAKES BSE LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATION?
The BSE (Bicycle Standard of Excellence) Level 2 Certification exam is open to anyone who has six months or more full-time professional experience repairing bicycles, or the equivalent hours (1,000) obtained part-time. We recommend having at least one year full-time experience, or the 2,000-hour part-time equivalent. This is a certification for experienced professionals, not a certification for trainees. If you have less than six months, but more than three months, full-time professional experience, you should consider taking the BSE Level 1 Certification exam.
HOW DO I APPLY AND GET ACCEPTED?
Before acceptance into the BSE Level 2 exam, you must provide references that verify you have at least six months full-time professional experience, or the 1,000-hour part-time equivalent. If you do not meet this experience requirement, you cannot take the exam for BSE Level 2 Certification. In this case, you should consider taking the Bicycle Repair & Overhaul 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. We also have a study guide for the written portion of the exam, but it can only be sent by mail.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF CERTIFICATION?
Yes. There are 5 different levels of certification that can be achieved by taking the Level 2 Exam. The certificate titles and score requirements are as follows:
Must score 60-69.99% and have 2 or fewer critical items on the applicable portion of the Level 2 Exam.
Must score 70-100% and have 2 or fewer critical items on the applicable portion of the Level 2 Exam.
Expert Mechanic 1.0
Must score 70-79.99% and have 0 critical items on the Level 2 Exam.
Elite Mechanic 2.0
Must score 80-89.99% and have 0 critical items on the Level 2 Exam.
Master Mechanic 3.0
Must score 90-100% and have 0 critical items on the Level 2 Exam. In addition, you must also have at least 2 years of verifiable full-time professional experience repairing bicycles instead of the 6 months required for the lesser 4 levels.
Upon qualification at any level of certification, the testee will receive a certificate bearing the BSE Certified logo:
WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE TEST?
The practical portion will test you in the following areas:
- Truing a wheel
- Installing a wheel
- Adjusting a hub
- Adjusting a bottom bracket
- 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 cables
- 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
- Overhauling a freehub
- Overhauling a threaded headset
- Dropout alignment
- Rear derailleur rebuild
- Sizing and finishing a threaded fork column
The written portion will test you in the following areas:
- Understanding of basic mechanical skills
- Bottom-bracket fits and troubleshooting
- Headset fits, assembly, and troubleshooting
- Hub assembly and troubleshooting
- Troubleshooting wheel-true, spoke, and rim problems
- Tire/tube fits and sizes
- Understanding tire and tube failures
- Crank-arm wear, failure, and troubleshooting
- Chainring fit and wear
- Freewheel removal and fit
- Chain-tool compatibility, chain problems
- Handlebar and stem fits and failures
- Derailleur capacity and troubleshooting
- Brake-lever failures and fits
- Brake-system troubleshooting
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 practical 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 six-month experience requirement is a prerequisite, not a guideline.