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How many years of college is required to become a computer tech?


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December 19, 2014 6:42AM

A college education is not necessary to become a computer repair technician but there is also much more to the computer technology field than just being a computer tech. CompTIA is definitely the first step in the right direction if you want to pursue a career in the IT world. The basic certification obtained through the CompTIA is the A+. You can think of this as being like ASE certifications for auto mechanics. It shows that the technician has a base level of knowledge and can perform most common repairs and upgrades as needed. However, beyond this there are many more types of certifications.

A way to think about CompTIA certifications (e.g. A+, Network+, Security+, etc.) is that they are more general and teach you theory rather than specifics. It is similar to high school physics as compared to college physics classes. If you want more in-depth understanding, you want to pursue more advanced classes and certifications such as the Cisco CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE. There are also various vendor-specific classes you might consider to become certified as a warranty-authorized service technician or vendor-certified network assistant. If you want to be a network engineer, then you need to take additional classes and gain further certifications.

Now, if you want to earn a degree in computer engineering, then that is something you can achieve with a 4-year degree but it is advisable to continue forth and earn your Master's degree as well. Also, if you pursue this career path, it is not uncommon to find that you continue to learn and adapt your skills to the new technologies that are introduced as you continue in the field.

Let me know if you have any other questions or if I can otherwise assist you further.

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November 27, 2008 3:19AM

Honestly you don't need any college to become a computer tech. Of course if you have a chance to go to college you should always take advantage of it, there are more to learn than just computing. Check out the website, it will give you information on how to become certified in areas such as PC Repair, Networking, Security, Microsoft and Cisco. Once you get the certifications you will be employable. Computer repair technicians are the plumbers and electricians of the 21st Century.