If you have an interest in learning the ins and outs of computers, you may want to consider a career as a computer repair technician.
Whether you want to build PC systems or help troubleshoot software problems, computer repair technician training is a great way to gain the experience you need.
At Stratford Career Institute, we offer a PC Repair course that prepares you to work as a computer repair technician for both large and small businesses.
What Does a Computer Repair Technician Do?
A computer repair technician works with all different types of computers to ensure that they function properly. Typical duties include:
- Setting up new computers;
- Installing software;
- Updating security software;
- Troubleshooting software and hardware errors;
- Diagnosing viruses and spyware;
- Repairing faulty or broken hardware;
- Testing programs for functionality;
- Assisting customers with technical issues; and
- Answering technical questions for customers.
IT departments at large companies have computer repair technicians on staff to handle employee computer issues. Computer repair technicians can also work for computer repair businesses or as independent contractors.
To successfully complete this work, technicians need a complete understanding of the device’s ins and outs.
Computer Technician Training and Requirements
At this point, you may be wondering how to become a computer repair technician. Generally, you need a high school diploma or GED, as well as some computer repair technician training.
Whether you decide to obtain training through job experience or an official certification program, you need a comprehensive understanding of the following:
- Hardware assembly and disassembly,
- Operating systems,
- Memory, and
In addition, there are a few other career skills needed to succeed as a computer repair technician. These include:
- Communication—the ability to explain complex concepts clearly to customers who may or may not be familiar with computers.
- Problem Solving—the ability to identify computer functionality issues and resolve them.
- Customer Service—the ability to empathetically listen to a customer’s needs, troubleshoot issues quickly, and explain best practices when using a computer.
There are many ways to gain this training. Detailed below are some of the many ways you can earn experience.
Since most entry-level computer repair technician jobs require only a high school diploma, it is relatively easy to get a job at a local electronics store.
While working there, you will gain valuable experience—especially with identifying and removing viruses, spyware, or bloatware.
This hands-on computer technician training is excellent for anyone interested in being a computer repair technician since experiential training can accelerate your learning.
Perhaps one of the best ways to start learning about computer repair is to familiarize yourself with the components. A great way to do this is to research and purchase the components of a computer and build it yourself.
This will not only help you identify the different hardware components needed for a functioning computer, but also give you hands-on experience setting up a system from start to finish.
You can also earn a certification to become a computer repair technician. Having both a high school diploma and a certification from a computer technician training program will make you a desirable job candidate.
You can obtain a certification from a community college or a vocational school. Some of these programs may even set you up with a job or internship upon completion.
The Electronics Technicians Association (ETA) and CompTIA both offer certifications in computer repair. CompTIA’s A+ certification is the most comprehensive certification available. It tests your competency in the areas of security, networking, maintenance, repair, and installation.
For many companies, an A+ certification from CompTIA is mandatory. To get A+ certification you must take two multiple choice exams. Each exam takes about 90 minutes to complete.
The first exam covers networking technology, hardware, and cloud computing. The second exam covers installation, troubleshooting, and security.
For this certification, we recommend having at least nine months of experience either working as a computer repair technician or taking coursework. The certification lasts for three years.
To obtain a certification as a Computer Service Technician from ETA, you must take a single multiple choice exam.
This tests your knowledge in several areas of computer maintenance including processors, memory, storage, assembly, and disassembly. The exam takes about two hours to complete and the certification lasts four years.
An Associate or Bachelor’s Degree
Earning an associate or bachelor’s degree in computer repair or computer programming will make you an ideal candidate for computer repair technician jobs.
These degree programs are comprehensive and teach everything you need to know about computers. If you genuinely want to go far in a career as a computer repair technician, getting a degree is an excellent option.
Interested in a Career as a Computer Repair Technician?
Take a look at Stratford Career Institute’s computer technician learning course today to see if it is the right program for you. This introductory course will teach you everything about a career as a computer repair technician, including:
- Understanding the personal computer (PC);
- Troubleshooting PC problems and errors;
- An introduction to upgrading and repairing PCs;
- Processor specifications, features, manufacturing, socket and slot types;
- Processor upgrades and troubleshooting techniques;
- System bus types, functions, and features;
- Troubleshooting memory;
- Optical drive performance specifications;
- Display adapters and monitors;
- Securing and sharing your internet connection; and
- Internet and networking.
Explore a Computer Repair Technician Career
Get started by signing up for our comprehensive online course!