Thursday, December 20, 2012

Computer Repair Certification Combines Business and Technical Knowledge

The panic we tend to feel when our computer crashes is with good reason. Many parts of our lives are stored on these devices. However, those who have attended a Computer Repair program have the experience to fix the problems that cause computers to malfunction. In fact, there are a variety of business and industry settings in which professionals with Computer Repair certification are employed. Among them are: personal computer support, sales and service; personal computer bench repair, upgrades and maintenance; operation and maintenance of computerized manufacturing equipment; and consumer electronic equipment sales and service.

These computer repair professionals must be able to: identify why the machine has crashed or what has reduced its performance; ensure the client understands what has happened and how it can be avoided in the future; repair; use anti-virus software and have the ability to deal with spyware; install and configure any piece of hardware that a client wants to synch to the computer’s database; and more.

One school that offers a Computer Repair program is Centennial College in Toronto, with its Computer and Repair Maintenance undertaking. Geared at those who are looking to enter the industry in a short amount of time, the concise offering takes just one year to complete and equips students for the role of Computer Repair professionals by combining a broad range of computer-related courses with strong interpersonal skills training.

Basing the offering out of Centennial College's largest location, Progress Campus, guarantees that students of the Computer Repair program can interact with a variety of fellow peers as well as have access to state-of-the-art computer labs. In these labs, they learn basic computer hardware theory, operating systems and application programs while obtaining hands-on experience with installing, maintaining and applying trouble-shooting techniques. There is also an introduction to local and remote computer communication systems and opportunity to work with a wide range of high-tech equipment. This practical approach is balanced with a business aspect that sees students develop approaches for maintaining strong customer relations, providing effective technical support and improving their employability.

Specific courses within the Computer Repair certification include: PC Operating Systems, Networking Technologies, Electricity for Computer Systems, PC Hardware, Introduction to Web Design, Customer Skills, Communication Skills for Computer Repair and Networking and more.

Graduates of the Computer Repair program may bridge into the second year of the Computer Systems & Networks Technician/ Technology programs. They are also positioned to pursue industry's A+ Certification and Network+ program.

Applicants to the Computer Repair program must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. They must also have obtained the compulsory English 12C or U credit or skills assessment, or equivalent and the Math 11M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent.

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