Examinations and Test Standards Committee


See PTG Organizational Policies

The ETSC shall consist of 1 Chair, 3 Subchairs, and at least 1 Certified Tuning Examiner (CTE) and 1 Technical Examiner, Certified (TEC) from each region.  Any other advisors may be appointed by the Chair as needed.  The Chair, Subchairs, and regional representatives must all be certified examiners.  A certified examiner is defined as one who is qualified and approved by the Board of Directors to administer the RPT Exams.  Each Subchair is responsible for supervising their Written, Tuning, or Technical Subcommittee, respectively.  The Written Subchair must be a certified examiner, the Tuning Subchair must be a Certified Tuning Examiner (CTE), and the Technical Subchair must be a Technical Examiner, Certified (TEC).  Specific duties of Subchairs shall be detailed in the Exam Policy Manual.

  1. The ETSC shall administer, monitor and evaluate the Registered Piano Technician exams, train examiners, provide information and assistance to those wanting exams, and recommend procedures to further standardize and/or simplify exam administration.  Accordingly, the ETSC shall:
    1. Administer all CTEs and TECs.
    2. Recommend approved candidates as certified examiners to the PTG Board of Directors.
    3. Maintain the official Examination Manuals.
    4. Recommend exam fees.
    5. Monitor exam records for accuracy and examiner performance level.
    6. Periodically evaluate the levels of difficulty and pass/fail ratios of all exams.
    7. Provide the Written, Tuning and Technical Exams at the PTG Annual Institute and encourage conference organizers to provide the same exams at their respective conferences.
    8. Make class and exam dates and locations known by publication in the PTJ as much as possible.
    9. Communicate directly with all known examiners via the PTJ or an ETSC newsletter at least once a year after the PTG Annual Convention and more often as needed.
    10. Determine areas of need in terms of exam availability, efficiency of exam sites or exam resources.
    11. Make recommendations to the PTG Board of Directors directing PTG resources to areas of greatest need. 



  • Publicize the availability of exams and exam grants.
  • Monitor and facilitate all aspects of exams, including: the administration of the exams, the recertification process, preparing the examination classes and examination schedules for the PTG Convention, and continued establishment of test sites.
  • Review current exams for relevancy.
  • Review exam manuals and update as needed.
  • Screen and recommend certification and recertification of Certified Tuning Examiners and Certified Technical Examiners.
  • Request the International Relations Committee to translate material as needed. 
  • Prepare and submit a budget for allocation of resources for the Institute by August 15.
  • Review exam grant applications as received. 
  • Report on progress to the PTG Board of Directors.


    Dave Davis, RPT, Chair, (425-221-1320)

    Ricki Klos, RPT, Advisor

    Emily Townsend, RPT, Advisor

    Technical Exam Sub Committee

    Hannah Beckett, Chair, RPT, (425-226-0102)

    Region 1 – Mike McCoy, RPT

    Region 2 – Rick Butler, RPT

    Region 3 – Steve Walthall, RPT

    Region 4 – Debbie De Iorio, RPT

    Region 5 – Julie Cotton, RPT 

    Region 6 – David Vanderlip, RPT

    Region 7 – Michael Lipnicki, RPT

    Dave Davis, RPT, Advisor

    Tuning Exam Sub Committee

    Atsundo Aikawa, RPT, Chair (646-325-6966)

    Region 1 – Debbie Cyr, RPT

    Region 2 – Benjamin Prickett, RPT 

    Region 3 – Ricki Klos, RPT 

    Region 4 – Doug Atkins, RPT

    Region 5 – Alan Crane, RPT

    Region 6 – Teri Meredyth, RPT

    Region 7 – Ryan Sowers, RPT

    Michael Travis, RPT, Advisor

    Jack Stebbins, RPT, Advisor

    Written Exam Sub Committee

    Robert Guenther, RPT, Chair (847-673-TUNE)

    Bruce Dornfeld, RPT

    Greg Cheng, RPT

    Marc Poulin, RPT, Board Liaison

    Michael Gutowski, RPT, Board Co-Liaison

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