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44 • WRAPS • 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M BY P H I L AQ U I N I when I was 14 years old in my dad's shop. Back then there was no such thing as installer training courses, so I had to learn from my mistakes on the job; at that age, you don't understand the quality of the install, you just want to get it done. If I had access to the resources that installers do today, the rst thing I would have done is to sign up for an installer training course to work toward getting certied. A newly installed vehicle wrap has the potential to be seen by millions of potential customers. That's a lot of eyes on one vehicle to help drive new business; however, it also provides an opportunity for any potential installation mistakes to be broadcast by word-of-mouth, and in- creasingly, on social media. Additionally, as the U.S. automotive wraps lm market continues to grow — particularly within commercial/eet and personal vehicles — so too will customers' expectations of a proven track record of quality. For the customer, certication signals that the installer has been evaluated at a higher level and that they are familiar with the product, application, and tech- niques needed for their vehicle. For the installer and/or business owner, certica- tion works on multiple levels: • Recognition – Professionals who pass installer training and testing Phil Aquin is a 3M Authorized Trainer for 3M U.S. and Canada. He has been in the industry for 30 + years with Country Signs and Benefits of Installer Training and Certification Adhere Graphics in Winnipeg and has spent the past eleven years helping to develop 3M Knifeless Tapes techniques. During his time with 3M, Phil has trav- elled the world demonstrating Knifeless Tapes and vehicle wraps at graphic shows, 3M facilities and owners' shops. Learn more about 3M vehicle graphics at Reflective graphics appeal to customers who want their vehicles to stand out day and night. All images courtesy of 3M Commercial Graphics.

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