So, as a human of outstanding class and taste you've been bitten by the tuning bug and now you want to know how to turn all this passion into a career. Excellent decision making!
While we won't tell you that is is going to be an easy or quick journey, we will tell you that like most things worth doing in life with the right amount of interest, commitment and a passion in learning for your own benefit, not just financial gain it is completely possible.
Starting right from the beginning in our experience you have 3 main steps you need to take:
Option 1 | Education
Courses, books, motorsport degrees, apprenticeships at a workshop operating a dyno etc, there are quite a few sources for knowledge these days. While some can be rare and only pop up once in awhile, such as being lucky enough to score a job at a pro-tuner workshop, courses and books on engine tuning are getting easier and easier to gain access to. It is really not all that long ago that most tuners were self taught, often taking years to perfect their tuning techniques or creating 'shortcuts' based on their own experience which you can now benefit from potentially shaving years off your own tuning journey.
Your goal here is to gain a rock solid understanding of the fundamentals of tuning as well as the theory behind it all and if you want to be successful you will quickly learn that you should never stop taking on new information as you learn that you will never, ever know everything there is to know about tuning. This attitude is the difference between a good tuner, and a great tuner.
Option 2 | Networking
Networking is something that alone
hang around with race teams, local car clubs, friends cars, helping with others cars, forums (volunteering at teams and workshops) effort to meet the right people and put yourself in a situation where people who want their cars turned are going to know and trust you
Option 3 | experience best way is tuning your own car, friends car and then expanding out to the networks. Sometimes for free and more as helpful until you build a name for yourself.
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When you finish a course you will receive a Certificate of Completion. This shows you have been through the material.
Currently there is no recognised qualification within the tuning industry (in any country), but it is something we are currently (and passionately!) working towards via our Live Remote Practice Dyno (as we can base real-time testing off this) so for now it really is an industry where experience trumps bits of paper.
Luckily, it is also an industry where experience can be gained relatively inexpensively by comparison to many other trades, and as such if this is looking like something you want to be your career path you want to have a project lined up to apply the knowledge to if you don't already have one. If this is not an option, we do also offer 1-on-1 training over the internet too as an alternative which will help you learn a lot faster, but is less tangible when it comes to demonstrating your knowledge to potential employers.
In your shoes, I would ring around a few places locally that I would like to work for and see what they would want to see from you in order to take you on board. This will give you a realistic expectation for the industry in your specific location. More people should do this before trusting what any educator says ;)
There is a bit more to go into on that topic, but I'll keep it brief unless there's anything else you want me to expand on. I'm also currently working on an article that will cover this topic, so keep an eye out for that too - https://www.hpacademy.com/technical-articles/