The growing importance of car window tinting in the areas of asset protection and safety is routinely stressed, even in sectors as specialized as car clubs. One Columbus car club member, Rod Marquardt, says, “My Saab’s interior would fade, and I’d roast on the leather without the tinting.”
His interest exemplifies a growing public awareness and demand for the product. Articles as varied as those in U.S. trade magazines (Doan/2008) and Australian government cancer-prevention texts (Knight et al. /2007) promote what consumers may once have considered an accessory, but which many now realize is a necessity, thanks to media attention.
A demand for schools that teach tinting follows the new awareness. Professionals are now teaching all aspects of the manufacture, installation and business of this down-to-earth “subject” that fulfills so many basic needs.
In Oregon and California, expert schools teach the skills needed to become competent in this niche trade. The Windowtinting School of the Trade, 9973 Dunbar Lane, El Cajun, California, teaches window tinting exclusively, and includes such specialty courses as State Auto Window Tinting Regulations.
However, the subject seems not yet to have penetrated all markets. In fact, a cursory check of window-tinting courses available in Columbus, Ohio, seems to bear this out.
For example, the acclaimed ITT Technical College, at 4717 Hilton Corporate Drive, Columbus, Ohio, says that as yet, it offers nothing at all in the area of automotive maintenance.
One accredited institution near Columbus that does meet the demand, and at least offers a degree in automotive technology, is the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) in Lima.
The school catalog lists at least two courses, Introduction to the Auto Service Industry, and Parts and Service Management, both of which may touch on the subject of car window tinting within the context of their coursework. However, no college-level hands-on automotive arts classes are listed in the UNOH guide.
But institutions of higher learning are becoming more competitive, especially during the current economic downturn. Expect to see more for-profit schools include training in areas that fulfill real world needs, like car window tinting.
Diamond, Jared, accessed October 20, 2011, http://detailwiz.com/window-tinting/
Doan, Robert, “Apply Here: Window Film Applications Offer a New View on Vehicle Looks and Passenger Comfort,” Restyling Magazine, Sept. 2008.
Knight, Karyn, et al. Skin Cancer and Outdoor Work: a Guide for Employers (The Cancer Council Victoria, 2007).