UL’s Panel Shop Program allows panel builders of industrial control panels to apply UL Certification Marks without needing a new examination for each design, reducing the time to market and saving costs. In order to comply, each manufacturing location must have a manufacturer technical representative (MTR) on staff with expertise in UL508A standards at each physical location.
What is an MTR?
To become MTR certified, an individual must complete a UL exam to ensure proficient understanding of the UL508A standards in order to apply UL Certification Marks to ICP designs. MTRs will be the primary interface between their employer and UL Field Engineers and inspectors. The certification lasts for three years and transfers with the individual, not the company. Issues such as high turnover or retirement could leave a facility with no one familiar with the standard. This is especially important to understand, and it may be worthwhile to have more than one certified MTR in case of staffing changes.
How to Become Certified
To become a certified MTR, an individual must take training and an exam with UL. The cost is $350 and the exam description can be found on the UL website. Test takers will have two chances to complete the exam (test takes approximately four hours). If a customer is unable to pass after two attempts, they’ll have to complete UL training before taking the exam again. Completion of the online exam is required by 9/30/2020.
Will joined Rumsey in 2015, quickly gaining recognition for his ability to help customers with their most challenging needs. As the Industrial Components Specialist, he provides consultation and troubleshooting for customers across the Delaware Valley. Will is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College.