If you really think about it, the level of secrecy here is really pretty absurd. The most recent books I can find detailing binding systems are from the eighties and early nineties. Binding manufacturers won't even give their own consumers copies of manuals, issuing bogus statements like "For liability reasons, we can only provide that information to a Certified Marker Technician. Please consult your local Marker retailer [from the Marker website]." I would think that this would, or at least should, violate some law. If I purchase a product that has the potential to cause me bodily harm, I should be entitled to any and all information available pertaining to the use of that product, so that I may discern for myself that it is being properly and safely used.
The most frustrating thing here is that I know bindings are simple machines and would require little knowledge to maintain and adjust, but still some basic information is necessary. I could figure things out by trial and error, but I just don't want to go experimenting with a device that could twist my legs into pretzels.
So all complaining aside and in all seriousness, where could I learn to maintain and adjust ski bindings? I plan on skiing the rest of my life, and I refuse to continue putting my own safety in other people's hands (sorry I guess I'm a being a little paranoid, but I just like the peace of mind of knowing things were done properly, and for me that only happens when I do them myself). I asked the owner at my local shop how I could learn and he gave me a nasty look and told me that the industry was already saturated with techs (he thought I was looking for a job). I googled "Ski technician certification courses" and came up with few results from the UK and Switzerland but nothing in the U.S. So all you techs out there, how did you come to be techs? Did you get a job a ski shop and they trained you? Or were you born into a long dynasty of ski mechanics, sworn to protect the secrecy of your craft under threat of death?