To work as a bicycle repairer, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
No formal education is required beyond high school. There are only a few formal training programs available in bicycle repair. In these programs students take courses in bicycle assembly, advanced mechanics, and shop operation. Each course usually takes one to two weeks to complete. Bicycle repair training programs usually award a certificate.
Most bicycle repairers learn their skills on the job from an experienced bicycle repairer. You begin as a helper. As you gain skills you work on more complex tasks. During training, you learn to:
- fix and change tires;
- tune up bicycles;
- clean and lubricate parts; and
- assemble bicycles.
In general, bicycle repairers receive about one month of on-the-job training. However, many repairers receive up to six months of training. Employers also send bike repairers to training workshops provided by bicycle manufacturers.