Lance Garnder is awarded ‘Master Technician Certification’.


Lance Gardner has worked for the Fremont Motors Volkswagen dealership in Casper, WY. since 2013. Chad Deaver, Volkswagen Fixed Operations Manager, says that it normally takes technicians 7 years to complete all the required training and testing to become a Master Technician. “Lance is particularly impressive in that he has completed this in just 4 years!”.

Training and testing is done at Volkswagen facilities across the country. Lance has traveled to States such as California, Ohio, Texas and Colorado to complete training requirements.

To become a master certified technician, the technician must develop into experts in the areas of;

  • Electrical
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Chassis
  • High voltage

After training and testing the specialist areas, they then must complete a master technician test and a practical diagnostics and repair test. The practical test is performed in front of an examiner. Chad from Volkswagen said that most people fail this test first time, “…most due to nerves and technicians not used to having someone standing over their shoulder”. Lance, however, passed this test first time. There are 4005 registered Volkswagen technicians and only 595 master technicians. This makes Lance in the top 14% of VW technicians in the U.S.A.

On Thursday, May 25th, Chad from VW traveled to the Volkswagen dealership in Casper to award Lance with his master technician certification. Lance was presented with a ring and some other tools to help him on the job. The ring is engraved with the VW logo on either side and centered with a blue stone that also has the VW logo visible upon close inspection.


Lance, who is only 24 years old, says he grew up in the trade with his father owning and operating a mechanical repair shop in California. He also added that from an early age he was around Volkswagen’s as several family members had Beetles and buses. Nonetheless, Lance decided California was not for him and so he made the choice to move to Wyoming for work. He enjoys the Wyoming lifestyle with hobbies such as hunting, fishing, and camping.

General Manager of the Fremont Motors Volkswagen dealership in Casper, Corey Rissler, says that Lance is a real asset to the company. He added that Volkswagen customers, who take pride in their vehicle, can now take pride in knowing that they can be comfortable and confident that an expert certified master technician is available at the dealership.

Lauren has been working in the automotive industry both in the U.K and in the U.S. for over 10 years. A car geek, photographer, big game chaser and bagpipe player, powered by coffee. Send your questions to:

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