The Piano Technicians Guild
The Piano Technicians Guild, the official organization of the Registered Piano Technician, is the world's premiere source of expertise in piano service and technology. Based in Kansas City, KS, the PTG has over 3500 members throughout the United States, Canada and around the world.
The mission of the Piano Technicians Guild is to promote the highest possible standards of piano service by providing members with opportunities for professional development, by recognizing technical competence through examinations and by advancing the interests of its members.
The Piano Technicians Guild - http://ptg.org/
Membership consists of Registered Piano Technicians (RPT) and Associate Members. Associate Members are either students or tradespersons who have not yet taken or passed the RPT tests, and others who have some relationship to the piano service trade - movers, retail, etc.. Registered Piano Technicians have passed a set of tests encompassing basic knowledge and skills relating to the tuning and maintenance of pianos. All members, RPT and Associate, receive the Piano Technicians Journal, a monthly technical publication, and may participate in chapter and national activities at reduced rates. In addition to receiving the Piano Technicians Journal members may maintain current profiency by participating in local chapter monthly meetings - see PTG Pomona Valley Chapter . All PTG members also receive a newsletter for all 6 southern California chapter programs each month, another benefit of joining the PTG. This newsletter is called the Southern California Area PTG Newsletter.
Members also keep their knowledge and skills current by attending local, regional and national seminars and conferences- sponsored by the Piano Technicians Guild. These Piano Technicians Guild educational events are taught by manufacturer service and factory personnel, as well as by the finest independent instructors in piano technology.
The Piano Technicians Guild has no testing program for piano service outside of field service; it’s testing is related to tuning, repair, regulation, and general knowledge of piano technology. There is no certification for rebuilding, remanufacturing, restoration, conservation, or finishing. However, all these areas receive attention to one extent or another at the conventions and monthly meetings. Therefore, active membership participation in the Piano Technicians Guild provides ongoing professional improvement.
Bill Shull attended his first Piano Technicians Guild chapter meeting in 1975, his first regional conference in 1976, and became a Registered Piano Technician in 1982. He has remained actively involved in the Piano Technicians Guild for most of the ensuing years, attending a large number of annual and regional conferences, sometimes teaching and participating in leadership.