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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose a career as a 3M Preferred Graphics Installer and Geek Wraps Certified Graphics Installer?

  • You have the flexibility of being your own boss. As an independent 3M Preferred Graphics Installer/Geek Wraps Certified Graphics Installer you can set your own schedule and rate. Or you can work for a company, and expect a starting salary of at least $52,000 a year.
  • There is an increasing demand for experienced 3M Preferred Graphics Installer/Geek Wraps Certified Graphics Installers.
  • The field is open to both men and women.
  • The amount of time and money invested in graphics installation training is minimal compared to other traditional trades.

Why choose training and testing at Geek Wraps University?

  • Geek Wraps University offers the official 3M Advanced Installation Training and Testing as established by 3M Commercial Solutions Division.
  • The only place in the world where you can experience three full days of hands-on, one-on-one training with Kenny Calman, inventor of the industry standard specialty GEEK WRAPS installation tools and techniques.
  • All classes are taught by Kenny Calman and Kathy Calman, both 3M Graphics Authorized Trainers and 3M Graphics Authorized Testers.
  • Use and experience all the most popular industry standard Geek Wraps and 3M installation tools during your training. This means you won’t have to bring or buy any tools to attend training or testing. The tools, training and testing are the most prestigious in the industry.
  • Students also experience new tools in development not yet released for sale.
  • At the end of training students receive a Geek Wraps and 3M completion certificate, a Go-Pak of Geek Wraps most popular tools and an ongoing discount on all Geek Wraps signature tool line.
  • A recommendation and listing on our Locate Installer section as a qualified 3M Preferred/Geek Wraps Certified Graphics Installer or Geek Wraps Trained Installer available in your area.
  • With an instructor student ratio of 1:3 our training and testing is designed to offer individual attention to each student.
  • Students who take and pass the 3M Preferred Graphics Installer test to earn their 3M Preferred Graphics Installer credentials at our facility, also receive the Geek Wraps Certified Installer designation. Which means they are experienced in the use of Geek Wraps tools and installation techniques.
  • Alumni and Geek Wraps Certified Installers receive a 25% discount on Geek Wraps manufactured equipment and tools on future orders. (Offer may expire without notice.)
  • Testing is optional and is administered on Thursdays and Fridays following the 3M Advanced Installation Training with a reservation. You are welcome to test at your discretion immediately upon completion of your preferred training course, the following Thursday and Friday, or you may schedule your test at a later date after gaining more experience.
  • Located in South Florida, our facility is easily accessible from Fort Lauderdale International airport as well as Miami and West Palm Beach.
  • With year-round average temperatures of 77 degrees F, the weather in the sunshine state makes attending training at Geek Wraps University convenient any time of the year.

Is it necessary to attend training in order to take the 3M Preferred Test?

  • It’s not necessary, but it’s recommended. The 3M Preferred Installer test is intended for experienced professional installers, with on-the-job experience in multiple full-graphic wrap installations. As well as knowledge of 3M materials and tools. The 3M Preferred Installer test is performance based and it consists of hands-on and written portions. It’s designed to evaluate the installer’s skills and knowledge in a variety of installation situations.
  • Any installer looking to book testing only will be given a short assessment to determine if he/she is a good candidate for testing.
  • If booking testing only, we recommend that experienced installers also book a prep day to become familiar with the written test materials and to get hands-on practice on the 11 stations for the practical test. Contact us for scheduling.

What’s the difference between 3M Certified and 3M Preferred?

  • The 3M Certified designation applies to a company and not an individual. In order for a company to become a 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company, the 3M Preferred Graphics Installer test must be taken at the 3M facility in Minneapolis, where a designated UASG representative has to be present to administer the certified test. In addition, certain business requirements must be met along with an annual fee of $750, paid to UASG. For a list of requirements visit: www.uasg.org
  • The 3M Preferred Graphics Installer designation applies to the individual. This personal credential accredits an individual installer on his/her installation skills and knowledge.

What are the benefits of being a 3M Preferred Graphics Installer and Geek Wraps Certified Graphics Installer?

  • 3M Preferred Graphics Installers/Geek Wraps Certified Graphics Installers are recognized in the industry for their knowledge of appropriate materials, proper use of tools, master installation techniques and skilled professional graphic installation.
  • Installers who successfully attain the 3M Preferred Graphics Installer and Geek Wraps Certified designations at Geek Wraps University are listed on the 3M website: 3Mgraphics.com, as well as the Geek Wraps University website: GeekWrapsU.com. Installers are listed along with their contact information and confirmation of their credentials, this additional exposure translates into more business opportunities.
  • It allows the exclusive use of the 3M Preferred Graphics Installer and Geek Wraps Certified Graphics Installer title.
  • Geek Wraps Certified and 3M Preferred Graphics Installer credentials.
  • Two 3M Preferred Graphics Installer shirts and access to acquire more.
  • Installers receive an official I.D. card issued by 3M.
  • 3M Preferred Graphics Installers are backed by a 3M warranty.

What is an Air-Wrangler?

Air-Wrangler noun \'er-'raŋ-g(ə-)lər\

:  one who wrangles air

       out from behind vinyl
       during the installation of vehicle wraps
       using air-wrangler techniques

       or a pilot particularly piloting a helicopter

:  techniques for vehicle wraps installations

:  a trademarked brand of clothing (Air-Wranglers)