There are numerous options, free and paid, for appliance repair schools for individuals considering an appliance repair career, but not all are created equal nor deliver. With years of industry and practical experience behind me, I wanted to provide a series of questions to guide these individuals’ decisionmaking before they enroll in an appliance repair school and spend their money. After all, it’s a big commitment to go through this training in terms of time, money, and energy.
7 Questions to Ask Yourself about Any Appliance Repair School
1) What is My End Goal?
Do I want to own my own appliance repair business or work at an existing company? If the latter, what types of certification or licenses do will you need to have beforehand? Having a clear goal in mind will help you narrow your search and prevent you from wasting money on programs that don’t aid you in achieving it.
2) How Much Time Do I Have for Appliance Repair Training?
Some programs are self-paced while others require in-person, multi-week sessions so you’ll want to know what works for your schedule. Additionally, you’ll want to think about your current experience level and how fast you wish to get working as an appliance repair tech.
3) What Do Past Students Have to Say?
Take a look at reviews and testimonials from past students. If they’re not available, stay away!
4) Who is Going to Be Teaching Me?
Be mindful of whether your program is completely self-taught via online tutorials/printouts or if can you speak to a real-life human. Personally, I’d encourage you to prioritize training that balances both elements. Furthermore, ask for the credentials and experiences of an instructor. This is important since you’ll want one that knows about your particular end goal. For example, is business ownership their focus or are they better suited to help someone who wants to work at an existing company?
5) How Much Does It Cost?
Pretty self-explanatory in that you can ask for programs’ pricing. If you’re comparing multiple schools, ensure that you’re also taking into account their benefits and how this is reflected in their costs. Remember, when it comes to education, going with the cheapest option might not be the best for you longterm. This is an important investment in your future so evaluate across different criteria.
6) What is the Curriculum Like?
Ask the school for a preview of their curriculum. Carefully examine what is being taught to students. Is it practical knowledge gleaned from experience or purely theoretical? Can your course materials be customized according to your interests?
7) What Do I Get Upon Completion of the Program?
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you’ll want to know what you get upon graduation: do you become licensed or obtain an appliance repair certification? The strength of the school’s professional network, also, is something to keep in mind as you review program options.