IT certifications are absolutely not necessary for a repair technician to have. Don't feel like you can't repair something because you aren't certified to do so. Certifications aren't the boss of you.
That being said, IT certifications aren't necessarily worthless:
- Earning a certification can be an important confidence-boosting activity for new repair technicians.
- Having a certification can be an important marketing tool for repair technicians trying to distinguish themselves from the competition. And some certifications give access to technical information, parts, and leads.
There are '''many certifications''' out there. Here are a few more common certifications that repair technicians hold.
iFixit MasterTech Certification
The iFixit MasterTech Certification is a smartphone repair technician's proof of technical repair proficiency—backed by the most trusted brand in electronics repair.
It's a two-part test. First, an extensive multiple-choice exam covering Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy repair, general electronic device repair knowledge, and repair business operations. Second, a hands-on disassembly and reassembly of a smartphone—from memory—to demonstrate skills and prove mastery of mobile repair.
The iFixit MasterTech Certification program is currently on hold. We’ve envisioned updates to the certification being pushed out by a board of representatives in the industry but we’ve been unable to assemble the right group to do that. Because of that, iFixit is no longer offering new MasterTech certifications at this time.
All currently certified MasterTechs are still valid up to the two year mark since certification.
CompTIA offers a range of IT certifications. CompTIA A+, the most common certification in the IT industry, is a vendor-neutral certification that covers numerous technologies and operating systems from vendors such as Microsoft, Apple, Novell, and some of the Linux distributions.
AppleCare Technician Certifications
Apple no longer offers certification to the general public. You must be employed by an AASP (Apple Authorized Service Provider) to access the training materials available online.
Apple offers two certifications; Apple Certified Mac Technician ( ACMT) and Apple Certified iOS Technician (ACiT) as the official certification for repair technicians. All technicians seeking either certification must also pass the Apple Service Fundamentals. Certification is required before a technician attempt to repair any Apple device. The Certification exams will certify the skills of the technician for certain products - additional certification may be necessary before servicing more advanced products.
Microsoft Registered Refurbisher
Microsoft Registered Refurbishers are PC refurbishers officially endorsed by Microsoft. In addition to providing the official designation, Microsoft offers low-cost genuine Windows software to participating refurbishers.