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Certificate as a Computer Technicia

Computer Technician

CIAT offers a certificate as Computer Technician. Learn more about the program below.

Certificate as Computer Technician San Diego

Certificate as Computer Technician

Program ID:#CCT

Program Length: This program normally takes 6-10 months to complete depending on the frequency of attendance.

Program Hours: 225 Clock Hours

The Certificate as Computer Technician program provides the foundational skills required to install, configure, troubleshoot, and maintain computer systems in business environments. Major topics covered include hardware technologies, operating systems, networking and security. This program prepares students for entry level positions as a Technical Support Specialist, Help Desk Technician or PC Technician.


You must be a high school graduate or GED and be able to navigate within a Microsoft Windows environment using a mouse and keyboard.

*Program is not eligible for FAFSA funding.

Upon completion of the Certificate as Computer Technician Program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Discuss computer operating systems and hardware fundamentals
  • Perform essential steps in PC installation, configuration, troubleshooting and repair
  • Install, Configure and troubleshoot basic networking hardware, protocols and services
  • Discuss network infrastructure, cryptography, assessments and audits within networks and networking environments
  • Perform installation, configuration and troubleshooting of various operating systems and network operating systems


Required Courses

225 clock hours required.  All courses are required




Computer Hardware Fundamentals

Clock Hours



Computer Operating Systems



Network Security



Employment of computer technician and help desk specialists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. More support services will be needed as organizations upgrade their computer equipment and software.


The median annual wage for computer technician and help desk specialists is $50,380.

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