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MESA Certification is the Mobile Electronics Schools Association, an organization initiated by privately owned mobile electronics schools. The association develops educational standards for all approved mobile electronics training facilities, and prepare graduates for careers in car audio.
The MESA exams provide benchmarks for individuals training to become installation technicians. Each examination includes two parts: theory (written) and practical (hands-on).
Installation Knowledge Exam (IKE) - incorporates five elemental areas of mobile electronics installation. The exams are taken in the beginning of classes. The Installation Knowledge Exam is a prerequisite to other MESA exams.
Audio System Certification (ASC) - reviews day-to-day installation skills. Students usually take this exam at the end of the 5th week of class or about midway through training.
Security System Certification (SSC) - tests the area of vehicle security and remote starters.