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computer maintenance


My partner and myself would love to set up our own business servicing and repairing computers. My partner, Peter, already repairs friends and families' computers and I think he has enough experience and skill to succeed. However, Peter feels he would like to train specifically to brush up on his already acquired skill. We are having great problems finding a course suitable. Can anyone suggest anything available or point us in the right direction? All our local colleges do not offer such a course on computer maintenance.


3 Responses

  1. You need an A+ course
    The A+ computer technicians course/exams is in 2 parts covering software and hardware. Most technical computer training organisations will offer this; I think they might be 5 day courses – but will cover and update your knowledge in all the necessary areas.

  2. A+ is not always the answer

    Re the A+ suggestion – having been in the industry for 7 years and worked as both a techie and a commercial manager, formal qualifications are not always what matters.

    From the perspective of your clients, consider the nature of the faults that they will have; loading software, adding new hardware etc etc. The A+ is a PC engineers course, designed for engineers servicing down to board level.

    Personally experience is what counts and a good network of “contacts” to ask the “what the heck” questions.

    From the business persepective generating the leads / opportunities is going to be harder than dealing with the clients.

    Mail me at [email protected] if you want to chat.

    Good luck

  3. City and Guilds is a practical option
    I’ve just finished a City and Guilds course that struck the right balance between practical work and theory – I believe the course has just been re-written and will be relaunched in June. Perhaps your local FE providers may offer this course in the summer (my course was day release subsidisied by the local LSC). They aren’t easy to track down – it took me four months and I work for a training provider! If you want to mail me ([email protected]) I can let you know of the courses / colleges that I’ve found.


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