I was wondering if every company going to require anyone going into the trade to be exclusively an Installer? I have been told in order to apprentice as a service tech I have to be an installer for a minimal of 5 years before I can even think of doing service and that It goes for anyone at my company regardless of experience level. My issue is that I have no opportunity to prove myself and no opportunity to improve my service skills. I have been to trade school and graduated at the top and I have excelent troubleshooting skills especialy dealing with issues on the electrical end of things. I have been told that no company will allow anyone reguardless of ability or education to apprentice or shadow a service tech for years. I would like some input on what I should expect or do.