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Telecommunication Certification and Certificate Program Information

Learn about telecommunication certificate programs. Read about potential course topics and review possible career prospects for graduates, and take a look at continuing education options.

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Essential Information

A certificate program in telecommunications provides students with the latest information about wireless technology and its applications in telecommunications. Designed for current professionals and beginners, these programs teach installation and repair techniques through lecture courses and practical hands-on training sessions.

Certificate programs usually take less than one year to complete on a full-time schedule, so students can expect a highly focused curriculum that covers essential topics in telecommunications. Programs usually don't have education prerequisites beyond a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Course Topics

Students are taught about work in residential and business settings. They learn about telecommunications equipment, maintenance procedures and common repair techniques that are used both inside and outside of buildings.

Courses may cover topics such as:

  • Hardware assembly
  • Electronic circuitry
  • Data communications
  • Telecommunications wiring
  • Linear circuits
  • Communication systems
  • Computer applications
  • Technical communications
  • Technical math

Popular Career Options

Certificate programs usually are designed to prepare graduates for technical work within the field. However, students may also qualify for positions in sales, customer service and administration. Typically, though, graduates of a telecommunications certificate program pursue jobs as:

  • Cable technicians
  • Line installers
  • Repair technicians
  • Equipment installers

Continuing Education Information

There are no special certifications available for technicians in the telecommunications field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employers look mainly for technical competency when hiring employees (www.bls.gov).

Many telecommunication certificate programs are designed so that students may transfer into an associate degree program. Individuals may pursue an associate degree in telecommunications, telecommunications technology, electrical technology or applied information technology with a concentration in telecommunications.

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