Core Appliance Repair Training Course

Learn how appliances work so you know how to make them work again—without guessing, without fail. Our inside-out approach is the only one of its kind and the only one guaranteed to make you a true appliance repair technician. See course syllabus.

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Training 2 or more techs?

Train new techs and bring older techs up-to-speed on modern appliance technology and troubleshooting.

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Who the course is for
All techs
# of modules and units
9 modules and 55 units
Estimated time to complete
40-80 hours
Length of access
1 year
Cost of continued enrollment
$5 / month

What You'll Learn

  • A foolproof, easy-to-learn method for troubleshooting
  • How basic electricity and circuits work
  • How to read appliance schematics
  • How to test circuit boards and perform a load analysis to accurately identify and fix the source of problems
  • How to measure, diagnose and fix gas pressure and flow problems
  • How to identify, troubleshoot and fix all varieties of motors and motor control systems
  • The name and function of appliance components, including those in modern, computer-controlled appliances
 
 

Start Here for a Better Career

Our graduates, including many longtime technicians, call our Core Appliance Repair Training course a game-changer for their career. The program is based on a simple principle: you can’t make something work again if you never knew how it worked in the first place.

We start with the fundamentals of electricity and gas, then zoom out to cover the appliance technology that runs on them, technology that’s used by every brand. Rounding out the training is a deep dive into troubleshooting and diagnostics. Our goal is to get you to a place where, anytime you replace a part, you do so not because you hope it’s the source of a problem, but because you know it is.

Is it overkill to know Ohm’s Law or how a compressor system works? No way. Ask any of our students who accepted the challenge of becoming a true appliance repair technician, none question the value of what they learned here. They’re too busy kicking butt and making money.

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How the Courses Work

Need to know more about how the self-pacing, on-demand courses work? Or what to do about the hands-on component of training? Or perhaps you’re wondering how you will know you’re mastering the material? Learn more about how our courses work here.

Certification

Pass quizzes and course exams to earn your Appliance Repair Certification. Students who earn their Core Appliance Repair certification also receive a one-year membership to Appliantology, the biggest and best online resource for working techs. That’s a $197 value FREE, and that’s just for starters.

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Course Syllabus

Module 1 Core Appliance Repair Training Course Orientation
Welcome! The objective and mission of the Samurai Tech Academy. How to to get around the Academy and use this course.
Unit 1 Welcome! Meet your Sensei
Unit 2 How to Use and Interact with the Core Appliance Repair Training Course
Module 2 Tools and Test Instruments
Basic tools that every tech needs on every service call.
Unit 1 Basic Tools to Have on Hand for Every Service Call
Unit 2 Your Tool Back Pack for Appliance Service Calls
Unit 3 Information Tools
Module 3 Basic Electricity
Volts, ohms, amps. Ohm's Law. Series and parallel circuits. Loads and voltage drop. Basic electrical measurements. Reading wiring diagrams.
Unit 1 Basic Electricity: Electrical Terms
Unit 2 What is Electricity? Current and Voltage
Unit 3 Basic Electricity: Voltage, Current, Resistance, and Power
Unit 4 Basic Electricity: Circuit Components
Unit 5 Basic Electricity: Series and Parallel Circuits
Unit 6 Basic Electricity: Circuit Breaker Panels and Power Outlets
Unit 7 Basic Electricity: Electrical Measurements in Appliance Repair
Unit 8 Basic Electricity: Voltage, Voltage Drop, and Load
Unit 9 Basic Electricity: More on DC and AC Voltage and Current
Unit 10 Basic Electrical Wiring Skills in Appliance Repair
Unit 11 Introduction to Schematic and Wiring Diagrams
Unit 12 Basic Electricity Module Exam
Module 4 Basic Electronics
Control board configurations in appliances. Common components on electronics boards encountered in appliance repair. Electronics connectors. Handling electronic boards. Testing diodes and rectifiers.
Unit 1 Core Appliance Repair Training Course Midterm Exam
Unit 2 Electronics in Appliance Repair
Unit 3 Components on Electronic Control Boards
Unit 4 Basic Electronics: Capacitors
Unit 5 Basic Electronics: Transformers
Unit 6 Control Board Configurations Used in Appliance Repair
Unit 7 Working with and Handling Electronics Boards in Appliance Repair
Unit 8 Basic Electronics Module Exam
Module 5 Troubleshooting
Fundamental law for troubleshooting. Basic diagnostic and correction procedure. Technician's diagnostic guide. Basic troubleshooting techniques and strategies. Using schematic diagrams to troubleshoot appliances.
Unit 1 Introduction to Troubleshooting
Unit 2 Troubleshooting Basics and Strategies
Unit 3 The Ten-Step Troubleshooting Tango
Unit 4 Using Schematics to Troubleshoot Appliances, Part 1
Unit 5 Using Schematics to Troubleshoot Appliances, Part 2
Unit 6 Pre-Diagnosing the Problem before the Service Call
Unit 7 Troubleshooting Module Exam
Module 6 Basic Gas
Gas fuels in appliance repair; Physical properties of gas fuels; Natural gas distribution; How LP gas differs from natural gas; Gas pressure regulators; Measuring gas pressure; Gas flame characteristics.
Unit 1 Introduction to Gas Fuels in Appliance Repair
Unit 2 Physical Properties of Gas Fuels
Unit 3 Measuring Gas Pressure
Unit 4 Natural Gas Distribution
Unit 5 How LP Gas Differs from Natural Gas
Unit 6 Gas Pressure Regulators
Unit 7 Carbon Monoxide
Unit 8 Gas Flame Characteristics
Unit 9 Basic Gas Module Exam
Module 7 Appliance Parts
Familiarization with various parts used in appliances: pumps, switches, relays, motors, sensors, and more.
Unit 1 Switches and Relays
Unit 2 Pressure Switches, Thermostats, and Sensors
Unit 3 Solenoid Valves
Unit 4 Heating Elements
Unit 5 Gas Appliance Parts: Valves, Flame Detectors, Ignitors, Spark Modules
Unit 6 Appliance Parts Module Exam
Module 8 Appliance Motors
Motor systems used in modern appliances. Principles of operation and failure modes.
Unit 1 Overview of Electric Motors Used in Appliances
Unit 2 Variable Frequency Drive Systems
Unit 3 Single-Phase Asynchronous AC Motors
Unit 4 Appliance Motors: Supplemental Material
Unit 5 Appliance Motors Module Exam
Module 9 Core Operational Overviews
Operational Overviews
Unit 1 Core: Refrigerator Operational Overview
Unit 2 Core: Gas Cooktop, Oven, and Range Operational Overview
Unit 3 Core: Electric Cooktop, Oven, and Range Operational Overview
Unit 4 Core: Front-Load Washer Operational Overview
Unit 5 Core: Top-Load Washer Operational Overview
Unit 6 Core: Gas and Electric Dryer Operational Overview
Unit 7 Core: Dishwasher Operational Overview
Module 10 Final Exam and Beyond
Final exam for the Fundamentals of Appliance Repair course.
Unit 1 Looking Ahead to other Academy Courses and Beyond
Unit 2 Final Exam for the Core Appliance Repair Training Course, Part 1
Unit 3 Final Exam for the Core Appliance Repair Training Course, Part 2
Unit 4 Core Course Wrap-Up

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very informative
- mehmet Avci

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Great fundamentals course. I really liked how they taught you the hardest subject first to learn in appliance and made it easy.
- Marlon Gutierrez

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I really love the curriculum so far. looking forward to learning more on the classes. thanks for you help and your knowledge
- christopher waggoner

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Fantastic course. I would highly recommend. MST Academy will give you a solid foundation to build your appliance repair skills on.
- John

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I think this course was well put together. the information is great for an inexperienced technician and the help provided from forums and everything was great.
- Sam Jourdan

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thank you!
- Christopher Moist

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I absolutely LOVED this course. I will admit to being a little wary of what an online course could offer. This surprised, impressed and really challenged me. I have spent the last 23 yrs working in aviation and thought I had a pretty solid background in electronics and basic electricity. Boy was I wrong. This course reinforced what I already knew and added a whole new level of information I didn't know I needed. The only thing I have to complain about is not taking the plunge and purchasing the entire bundle. Once again, this course was outstanding. I can't say enough good things about it. I will definitely be taking the rest of your courses. Thank you Team Samurai.
- Ron Frias

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MST - Fundamentals of Appliance Repair has giving me a better understanding of the appliance repair field. I feel confident I can now go out and tackle any job now. With what I've learned so far and Appliantology the sky is the limit. Now on to the rest of the courses!
- Sebas44

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I agree, this was a very good course and I am looking forward to the advanced training. Thank you
- Gunter Pirchner
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