Appliance Repair Certificate

Job Outlook & Earnings

 As more homes and businesses use high-end, expensive appliances and  mechanical equipment, the demand for skilled repair technicians continues to grow. Employment of general maintenance and repair workers is expected to see about a 6% growth, with an average wage in Maryland of $19.67 per hour.

Learn to repair appliances

Is This Career Right For You?

An appliance repair technician can be responsible for many different repair jobs in many locations in a day, or could be tasked with maintaining and repairing equipment in a single location. They may have to stand, or kneel for long periods, and may have to lift heavy equipment. Requirements can range from routine maintenance to troubleshooting and repair. Good problem solving skills are a plus in this profession.

Appliance Repair Certification at HCC

Using both classroom work and laboratory experience, students are given opportunity to troubleshoot, service and repair most large home appliances, such as refrigerators, air conditioning units, dishwashers and washing machines. 

This certificate program includes courses specific to the kinds of tools needed and safety issues for a particular appliance. Students also learn about the theory and basics of refrigeration. Coursework often covers topics relating to the repair of:

  • Automatic clothes driers
  • Automatic clothes washers
  • Domestic and commercial dishwashers
  • Domestic and commercial microwave ovens
  • Domestic and commercial ranges and stove tops 
  • Electricity basics and electrical appliances
  • Gas appliances 

This certificate program prepares students for entry-level jobs in appliance service. 

The EPA requires those who work with refrigeration systems to take a certification tests regarding refrigerants. The tests are available for small appliances, high-pressure systems and low-pressure systems, with testing in core information included in each. Individuals who pass all three tests are given universal certification.

Gett started in appliance repair through HCC

Required Courses:

Appliance Repair: Basic

Basic Refrigeration*

Refrigerant Recovery Certification*

*Basic refrigeration is required before Refrigerant Recovery Certification


Employers: Harford Community College offers customized training to meet the needs of your business.

**We can design training for the specific needs of your organization at one of our facilities, or at your location. We are now also a partner with the Maryland WorkSmart program, utilizing the strengths of the Maryland Community College Network. Contact us about what your needs are, and we can develop a training program to support you!**

Any Course. Any Time. Any Location.

Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Maintenance and Repair Workers, General.

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