How to Choose a Small Appliance Repair School

Many community colleges and vocational schools offer technical degrees and certificates to aspiring repair technicians. Some programs are even available online.

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Many community colleges and vocational schools across the country offer associate's degree or certificate programs for aspiring small appliance repair technicians. Some also offer training in larger appliances and refrigeration.

Schools with Appliance Repair Programs

These institutions offer appliance repair programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Undergraduate Tuition** (2015-2016)
Penn Foster Career School Scranton, PA On-line, Private Diploma $649-$799*
Los Medanos College Pittsburgh, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,298; Out-of-state $7,542
Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City, KS 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $3,240; Out-of-state $8,040
University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Hope, AR 2-year, Public Certificate In-district $2,460; In-state $2,640; Out-of-state $4,770
Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY 2-year, Public Career Training In-state $5,188; Out-of-state $13,388
Pamlico Community College Grantsboro, NC 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $2,347; Out-of-state $8,491
Chattanooga State Community College Chattanooga, TN 2-year, Public Diploma In-state $3,973; Out-of-state $15,373
Middlesex County College Edison, NJ 2-year, Public Certificate In-district $3,372; In-state $6,744; Out-of-state $6,744

Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

There are several important considerations when selecting a school for small appliance repair.

  • When a household appliance breaks, homeowners often seek the help of small appliance repair technicians.
  • Although formal degrees aren't required for aspiring repair technicians, some employers may prefer to hire professionals who have completed some form of college or vocational training.
  • Both associate's and certificate programs are available in small appliance repair.
  • Many programs require students to complete some type of practicum or on-the-job training course in order to graduate, which may be helpful when it comes time for graduates to find a job.

Certificate Programs

For aspiring professionals looking to obtain a certificate and begin working as a repair technician, many technical and vocational schools offer certificate programs that take 1-2 years to complete. Students should pay close attention to tuition costs for these programs because some schools include tuition and materials as one fee, while others add material fees as additional costs. A prospective repair technician may also want to earn a certificate if he or she plans on completing an apprenticeship with a company or an organization.

Associate's Degree Programs

Earning an associate's degree generally takes students two years. Students who wish to continue educational training and earn a bachelor's degree may want to complete the general education requirements at a community college.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

For professionals looking to advance in the field or move into management positions, earning a bachelor's degree in a business or repair-related field may be helpful for securing a more advanced position. Working professionals who are trying to earn a bachelor's degree while maintaining a career in the field may want to look for bachelor's degree programs that offer online classes to students.

A number of colleges offer post-secondary training or the opportunity to earn a certificate, diploma or associate's degree in the field of small appliance repair. It is also possible to pursue studies online.

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