Appliance Repair Career Diploma –Online Program

Offered by: Penn Foster Career School

College credits:

Course length: 6 - 10 months



Develop your repair skills with the Penn Foster Career School Appliance Repair Career Diploma Program. Your program will cover how to make both major and minor repairs of small and large electric appliances. 

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
  • Name the various hand and power tools you'll use when working with appliances, and describe the safe work practices that must be observed
  • Explain how to perform tests on appliances using electronic measuring and diagnostic devices, such as a multimeter, amp-clamp, or oscilloscope
  • Identify the basic concepts, terminology, and applications relating to electricity, including the components and operation of electronic circuits
  • Describe how electricity can be controlled to provide switching and motion in various appliance components, including solenoids, relays, and motors
  • Identify the components and operation of commonly used small electrical appliances, and define the proper troubleshooting and repair procedures
  • List the steps for troubleshooting and repairing common power tools, including drills, saws, sanders, and air compressors
  • Identify the components and operation of major electrical appliances, including ranges, washers, dryers, dishwashers, compactors, and disposals, and describe the proper troubleshooting and repair procedures. Explain how the various voltage combinations required are derived
  • Describe the operation of microwaves, and list typical safety. troubleshooting and repair procedures
  • Identify the components and operation of HVACR free-standing units and systems, including refrigerators and air conditioners, and comprehend procedures for troubleshooting, testing, and maintaining HVACR systems
  • Recognize the work habits and characteristics demonstrated by successful technicians, including how to build relationships with customers and peers
  • Recognize the proper procedures for providing cost estimates and billing for repair work. Understand how to provide for profit with repair estimates
  • List several employment possibilities in the appliance servicing field, and describe how to start your own business


Cost and Schedule

Guild provides reduced cost education for working adults. We’ll help you have an affordable path to move your education forward.


With financial aid, Guild students may be eligible to pay a fraction of the published cost to advance their education.

Guild students may pay as little as 10% of the published cost of a course or program by taking advantage of:
  • Tuition assistance benefits from your employer.
  • The $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit and/or $2000 Lifetime Learning Credit.
  • Guild's tuition discount, and no out-of-state tuition costs.


Guild's courses are designed to support the needs of working adults.

You can take this course online, at your own speed. In addition to your self-paced materials, you will also participate in live, virtual sessions for one hour each week with peers and an instructor. You will receive support from your personal coach and a lead instructor - both are committed to your success. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me more about Guild Education.
Guild Education partners with employers to offer a variety of online classes, programs, and degrees from top-ranked universities that you can complete while working.

You will get support from a Guild advisor, who will help you find the right program, navigate the financial aid process, and provide you with personal college and career advising to help you navigate the college process from day one to graduation.

To give employees a variety of options, Guild partners with a consortium of universities and learning providers, including Brandman University, Western Governors University, Bellevue University, and StraighterLine, in addition to offering custom content. 

Benefits of partnering with Guild include:
  • A path to finish your degree or take graduate courses, at little to no cost
  • A personal college and career adviser to help you navigate programs and offerings
  • Online classes that allow you to work at your own pace
  • Relevant classes and programs designed to help you advance in your career
  • Credit recognition for past college credits and corporate credits towards your degrees

What are Guild's guiding principles?
  • Students first: We're here to help you, and you come first in our world. In exchange, we expect you give your all and to support your fellow classmates.
  • We learn best by doing: Experimentation, learning by doing, feedback and reflection lay at the core of every learning experience with Guild.
  • Feedback makes us better, in fact, it’s a gift: Practice only makes perfect when we get feedback on how to improve.
  • Reflection is a need-to-have, not a nice-to-have: Reflection allows us to digest the learnings and feedback we’ve received.
  • Community matters: We’re all in this together and we expect all Guild members to appreciate the role we play in each other’s learning experience.