I finally did it. I passed the final technical tests to regain my RPT (Registered Piano Technician) status with the Piano Technicians Guild. If you haven’t been following my progress (what?? you haven’t??) go to this post for a refresher.
The whole process was indeed an ordeal. While the bench tests were pretty much the same, the time requirements have been tightened up which adds a level of stress. While you very rarely have those kinds of time restrictions when actually in the field doing repairs, it does mean you have to have a certain level of facility with the repairs…it has to be more than “book learning”. The time stress caused a couple of dumb mistakes on my part but the grading also allows for that, so even though my flange bushing cloth pushed out of one side when I was easing it, I still passed.
Trust me, I am not allowing my PTG membership to lapse again.