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BDI Canada’s Juan Cotrina becomes Certified Bearing Specialist

Glen Ellyn, IL -- The Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) announced that another employee of BDI Canada Inc. of M...


July 23, 2004
By MRO Magazine

Glen Ellyn, IL — The Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) announced that another employee of BDI Canada Inc. of Mississauga, Ont., has successfully completed the examination to become a Certified Bearing Specialist. Juan Cotrina joins other individuals among the first certified bearing specialists in the world.

Certified Bearing Specialists are those individuals with excellent knowledge in the selection, application and analysis of bearings. They have passed a comprehensive examination that tests and rates their mastery of the critical skills and knowledge for successful execution of the role of bearing specialist.

Skill sets performed by bearing specialists and tested in the examination include selling bearings, seals and accessories over the counter; explaining product lines; diagnosing problems with installed components; preparing quotes or contracts; recommending interchanges and substitutions; and providing technical services and customer support.

The CBS designation instills confidence in the quality of knowledge and critical skills necessary to provide effective service and solutions.


Eligibility requirements include active employment in the bearing distribution industry for at least two years; successful completion of the BSA In-House Training Guide self-study course; agreeing to meet the policies for use of the CBS designation and logo, and other relevant policies; and successfully passing the certification examination.

Examinations, which were developed by bearing experts with the assistance of certification professionals at Southern Illinois University, are administered in the U.S. by the National Institute for Certification Engineering Technologies (NICET) and at select locations throughout Canada.

The Bearing Specialists Association is an international service and educational organization of industrial distributors representing more than 50 companies distributing factory-warranted ball-, roller-, and anti-friction bearings and 50 participating, non-member manufacturers of bearings and related products.

For more information on the CBS program, contact BSA headquarters in Glen Ellyn, Ill, at 630-858-3838, or BDI Canada Inc., at 905-238-3392.