I remember when I became a piano tuner for the first time
Learning how to become a piano tuner “on the job”
I spent 4 hours one Saturday tuning the piano with tools my dad had sent to me. I did improve the piano, but it was far from being in tune. Over the next few months, I improved my piano tuning technique. After tuning my piano at home several times, I learned to tune the intervals at the proper temperament. After that, it still took several years of refining this technique before I was ready to work professionally.
The Piano Technicians Guild
I then joined the Piano Technicians Guild and studied for the PTG Exam. I can truly say that the 3 part test (written, bench exam and tuning proficiency) was harder to pass than my MA Comps at the University of Iowa.
I passed my PTG test and became a full registered member of PTG in 1979!
2019 will mark my 50th years as a professional piano technician. I have a vast knowledge of pianos and how they work! At times, I may charge more than my colleagues who have been in the business for a short time. My R.P.T. (Registered Piano Technician) status puts me in a select group of the best piano technicians in the country
If you want the best and most qualified people to work on your piano, insist on an RPT.