Who here is an Apple Certified Technician?

lgwells1

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I am wanting to get my Apple certification for Hardware which includes the Hardware exam and OS X Troubleshooting exam. I see that just the exams are 150 a piece. I also found Apple offers an online training program that includes a few extras like diagnostic tools and such, that runs 299. I also found a few businesses that offer on hands classes and the exams averaging around 3800 for both classes/exams.

What route did you go to get certified? I have been working on Apple computers for a while now, and I am pretty familiar with OS X. Did you even study or train for the exam? Or did you just sign up for the exam like a BA and pass it without Apple training?
 

lgwells1

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Sorry, but I don't want to be an Apple employee, just certified for my repair business.
 

Heilage

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I am wanting to get my Apple certification for Hardware which includes the Hardware exam and OS X Troubleshooting exam. I see that just the exams are 150 a piece. I also found Apple offers an online training program that includes a few extras like diagnostic tools and such, that runs 299. I also found a few businesses that offer on hands classes and the exams averaging around 3800 for both classes/exams.

What route did you go to get certified? I have been working on Apple computers for a while now, and I am pretty familiar with OS X. Did you even study or train for the exam? Or did you just sign up for the exam like a BA and pass it without Apple training?
There are multiple choice practice tests available, both from Apple and third parties. Unfortunately, I cannot provide links, as these tests were given to me by my boss when I was studying for the test.

If you are familiar with both the software and hardware, I would advise you to not spend unecessary cash on courses and stuff, but rather work on your own. Also, common sense gets you quite far in these tests.

One very important thing to mention: The CRT and ESD safety parts of the tests are REQUIRED 100% to pass. Even if every single answer apart from those in the tests are correct, you will still fail. If I remember correctly, there are five questions of each type. Some links to help you out:

http://www.technibble.com/how-to-become-an-apple-certified-technician/

Just holler at me if you have more questions, I currently have three Apple certifications, so I do know a bit about it. :)
 

jackhdev

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I'm going to be an Apple Certified System Administrator next week (this is software, not 100% sure about hardware) and I would always recommend reading the books and working on your own. In my case, out of the 6 certifications I will have for Snow Leopard, I would have had to pay almost $10,000 for the courses instead of the $250 I actually paid for the books. It's the same material... So as long as you have a basic understanding to begin with (and you have online forums to ask questions, too!) you can save both time and a tremendous amount of money by working on your own.