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Certificates and Awards | P.J.G. Consulting & Appraisal

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List of awards and certificates Phillip J. Grismer has accumulated over the past 43 years of experience in the retail vehicle service world.

1970 Employed as Apprentice/Mechanics Helper G & T Automotive. 

1972, Employed as an apprentice technician, Hensen Volkswagen.

1973, Graduated from the Volkswagen factory technical training course for apprentice technicians.

1974, Graduated from the Volkswagen factory diagnostician technical training course.

1974, Granted journeyman line technician status by Volkswagen of America and the International Brotherhood of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union, Local 701.

1976 through 1983, Illinois licensed to deal in used motor vehicles.

1984, Distinguished Service Advisor Award of Excellence, Volkswagen of America.

1984, Volkswagen Registered Technician, Volkswagen of America.

1985, Meritorious Award for Service Excellence, Volkswagen of America.

1986, Service Excellence Award, 1st Place in an 8 State Region, Volkswagen of America.

1986, A.S.E. Certified Master Automobile Technician.

1985 through 1987, President, Chicagoland Volkswagen Service Managers Organization.

1987, Distinguished Service Advisor Award of Excellence, Volkswagen of America.

1988, Subaru Service Excellence Award, Bronze Level, Subaru of America.

1990, Certified Automotive Instructor, Illinois State Board of Education.

1991, A.S.E. Re-certified as Certified Master Automobile Technician.

1993, Graduated from Kensington University of Glendale, California. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration.

1997, Re-certified A.S.E. Certified Master Automobile Technician.

2001 through 2004, Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

2001, Re-certified A.S.E. Master Automobile Technician.

2004, Certified Member of the International Automobile Appraisers Association, Member # 1003180004.

2006, Re-certified A.S.E. Master Automobile Technician.

2006, Certified Personal Property Appraiser, by the Certified Appraisers Guild of America.

2007, Published Apples, Oranges &Lemons, Surviving the Automobile Business

2008, Certified Uniform Standards for Automobile Appraisal Procedures by the International Automobile Appraisers Association.

2012, Certified Inspector, Heavy Equipment, Agriculture Equipment and Heavy Commercial Truck, by the Inspector Certification Association.

2013 Uniform Standards of Automobile Appraisal procedure.

2016 Certified Recreational Vehicle Inspector by the National Recreational Vehicle Inspectors Association.



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  • ASE Certified Automobile Technician
  • Illinois State Board of Education Certified Automotive Instructor
  • CAGA Certified Personal Property Appraiser
  • IAAA - International Automobile Appraisers Association
  • Certified Heavy Equipment, Agriculture Equipment & Heavy Commercial Truck Inspector
  • Certified Recreational Vehicle Appraiser by the National Recreational Vehicle Appraisers Association
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