According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), there are many schools that offer certificate and diploma programs in appliance technology and repair; a smaller number offer associate's degrees in this field (nces.ed.gov). HVAC programs are also available at these levels and might require students to pass certain certification exams administered by the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute prior to graduation.
Schools with Appliance Technician Programs
This list of colleges and technical institutions identifies some schools offering appliance technician programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Los Medanos College||Pittsburgh, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's|| In-state: $1,298
|Renton Technical College||Renton, WA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$4,836|
|Hibbing Community College||Hibbing, MN||2-year, Public||Diploma|| In-state: $5,310
|Manatee Technical Institute||Bradenton, FL||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,980 (2016-2017)|
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Milwaukee, WI||2-year, Public||Diploma|| In-state: $4,360
|Southeast Community College||Lincoln, NE||2-year, Public||Associate's|| In-state: $3,218
|Fort Myers Technical College||Fort Myers, FL||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,460 (2016-2017)|
|Columbus Technical College||Columbus, GA||2-year, Public||Diploma|| In-state: $2,694
|Miami Lakes Education Center & Technical College||Miami Lakes, FL||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,975|
*Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites
School Selection Criteria
Aspiring appliance technicians should consider several factors when choosing a school:
- Look for programs that offer lab workshops with the opportunity to work on equipment and appliances.
- Make sure your program will prepare you to earn U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification if you plan on working with refrigerants.
- Consider programs staffed by EPA-certified, working professionals; experienced instructors can also help with employment and networking opportunities.
- See if your school offers job placement services.
Certificate and Diploma Programs
The certificate of completion or diploma is the more common option for those interested in receiving formal training in appliance repair. It is usually a 1-year program that provides experience repairing refrigerators, ventilation units, heating units, laundry appliances and other home appliances. Some of these programs are also designed to prepare students to take the Certified Appliance Professional exam from the Professional Service Association (PSA).
Associate of Applied Science Programs
In general, an associate's degree program provides the same type of coursework and training as a certificate program, but also provides general education coursework for students. Some programs allow students to earn an associate's degree in a particular area of the field, such as refrigeration technology, kitchen major appliance technology or laundry major appliance technology.
A number of colleges and technical institutions offer certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs in appliance repair or HVAC technology. Prospective appliance technicians should consider those that offer lab training from qualified professionals.