Schools with Cable Installation Programs: How to Choose

Some cable companies only require a high school diploma and provide on-the job training, while others prefer candidates with a formal education. Internships and apprenticeships are available through individual cable companies. Students can also complete undergraduate coursework through diploma, certificate and associate's degree programs in cable installation, telecommunications installation and electrical systems, offered at various 2-year colleges.

Certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs are available to students who want training in basic electrical and cable installation concepts.

10 Schools with Electrical Systems Programs

These institutions offer electrical systems programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Tuition (2015-2016)**
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $2,664; Out-of-state $8,808
Edgecomb Community College Tarboro, NC 2-year, Public Diploma, Certificate In-state $2,376; Out-of-state $8,520
Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma, Associate's In-state $2,768; Out-of-state $8,912
GateWay Community College Phoenix, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,046; Out-of-state $7,830
Bevill State Community College Jasper, AL 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $4,350; Out-of-state $7,800
Nash Community College Rocky Mount, NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma, Associate's In-state $2,504; Out-of-state $8,648
Durham Technical Community College Durham, NC 2-year, Public Diploma, Associate's In-state $1,840; Out-of-state $6,388
Lansing Community College Lansing, MI 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $3,020; In-state $5,660; Out-of-state $8,300
Fresno City College Fresno, CA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $1,194; Out-of-state $6,834
Manchester Community College Manchester, NH 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $6,880; Out-of-state $15,040

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

School Selection Criteria

There are a number of factors to consider when selecting a cable installation program.

  • Length of program can be from 3-6 months for a certificate program and up to two years for an associate's degree program.
  • Experiential learning is not always part of the curriculum and should be part of the school selection decision.
  • Tuition costs vary widely, and students may receive a discount in tuition if they attend a local or in-state college.
  • Some colleges may offer resume and interview preparation assistance for program graduates seeking employment.

Certificate in Telecommunications Installation

Certificate programs in cable installation can often be completed in 1-2 semesters. Students can complete certificate programs in a variety of concentrations including basic telecommunications, wireless networking and broadband communications.

Diploma in Electrical Distribution

Completion time for diploma programs in electrical distribution vary. Some can be completed in one semester, while others can take one year. Some diploma and certificate programs are directed specifically at a cable installation education, and include courses in installation, fiber optics and cable splicing.

Associate's Degree in Electrical Systems

Associate's degree programs generally take two years to complete. Students may have the opportunity to specialize within the curriculum or engage in a concentration area relevant to cable installation. General education courses often transfer to bachelor's degree programs for students interested in continuing their education.

Many colleges and technical institutes have programs that can prepare individuals for a career in cable installation. Prospective students can choose between certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs at a number of public colleges throughout the country.

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