Companies with Certified Bearing Specialists
AMI Bearings, Inc.
Bearing Headquarters Company
Bearing Service, Inc.
Bearings & Drives, Inc.
Bearings Specialty Company
Dixie Aerospace LLC
Kaman Industrial Technologies
Miller Bearings, Inc.
Motion Industries (Canada) Inc.
Motion Industries, Inc.
What BSA Members Say About Certification
"Bearings & Drives employee’s have really engaged the CBS program with both Inside and Outside Sales people. We now have over two thirds of our outside sales force that are certified. It has become more of a competitive atmosphere in the branches to be certified which I think is great. Our customers, and quite frankly some of yours, have commented on a distinct difference they see in the quality of the people that we have and the commitment that we have as a company when it comes to training our people. This program has created a motivational excitement to the point that we have added this to our in house training / incentive program. This means that if an employee completes our training and takes the next step to attain the prestige of being a CBS, they can give themselves an automatic raise. We feel this certification reflects on our company, our people, our industry and our commitment to have the best people in the business servicing all of our customers and I hope you all feel the same about that."
"We have made a real commitment to encourage all of our staff at BDI to pursue BSA's Certified Bearing Specialist designation. Our customers appreciate the confidence certification brings to their business, and, I believe, our employees are genuinely proud of their accomplishment when they become certified. Our goal is to certify all BDI Canada sales personnel."
"In a large company like Motion Industries with hundreds of branch locations, BSA's Certified Bearing Specialist program establishes an important training benchmark. Certification assures our many customers that all of those Motion Industries employees have the training and education to meet their needs. We also believe that the opportunity to pursue certification is an important benefit to offer Motion employees."
"BSA's Certified Bearing Specialist program has become a valuable asset to Bearings & Drives. The self-study nature of the program encourages our employees to pursue certification as their schedule permits. The credibility certification lends our company and its representatives is especially welcomed by our international business partners."
Developed by professional bearing experts with the assistance of Southern Illinois University (SIU), the CBS examination tests the necessary skill sets to certify an individual's reliability in meeting customers' growing demands, and those required to successfully perform the role of Bearing Specialist.
Testing for Bearing Specialist Certification is conducted in the U.S. & Canada by the National College of Testing Association (NCTA) at their test centers. Review the locations at www.ncta-testing.org and indicate the site on the CBS application form. CBS applicants are responsible for the test center fee.
BSA also has testing arrangements with a number of colleges and universities in each Canadian province and will make arrangements with additional facilities as needed.
The CBS exam has 75 questions and candidates have up to 3 hours to complete it.
CBS candidates receive the Study Guide and sample tests. The Study Guide prepares applicants for the certification exam by leading them, step-by-step, through tasks, outcomes and review questions on a representative sample of the technical information addressed by the certification exam itself.
Four pretests help applicants determine when they are ready to take the final test. Applicants take one pretest before they begin the program to measure their strengths and weaknesses. They take a second pretest after completing the study guide to see what they have learned from their study. The third and fourth pretests serve as a means of review before taking the final certification test.
BSA also publishes a "Certification Update" newsletter that is available only to Certified Bearing Specialists and includes important new technical information.
BSA's CBS Program is Setting an Important Industry Standard
* Today, over 282 Certified Bearing Specialists have been successfully tested and more are scheduled to take the exam. We look forward to many more based on the growing number of requests for In-House Training Guide materials, the pre-requisite for BSA's CBS program.
* We know certification provides the value-added benefit of industry expertise and problem solving in an increasingly competitive marketplace because our members and their customers tell us.
* More and more companies are making the commitment to certify sales, service and applications engineers, field service technicians, technical support specialists, inside & outside sales representatives, and account managers.
* To maintain the highest integrity for the program, each Certified Bearing Specialist is required to renew their certification every five years. The recertification process involves submitting a problem and solution or a story about how the applicant has added value through being a CBS.