Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of questions we frequently get from prospective students interested in our program.

  1. What does the program cost and what payment options are available?
  2. Is the Electronics Technician Certificate training program accredited?
  3. What are the prerequisites for the Electronics Technician Certificate program?
  4. Does the program have a specific start and end date?
  5. How long does it take to complete the Certificate program?
  6. Are there exams and how are they written?
  7. What is the passing grade for the Electronics Technician Certificate program?
  8. Do I ever have to physically attend the college?
  9. What's included in the Interactive Learning Package?
  10. What kind of technical and tutorial support is offered?
  11. How can I use this program to obtain a diploma or degree?
  12. How do you obtain hands-on-experience with this program?
  13. Does this program have industry recognition?
  14. What computer hardware and software is needed to complete the program?
  15. What is the Honor System Policy?
  16. What is the withdrawal, drop and refund policy for this program?
"I would like to say thank you to you and your staff for the excellent support during this program; I just finished it on the weekend and enjoyed taking it. You and your staff were fantastic in answering any questions or fixing any problems that I may have had. I have referred your program to others and they are all very interested in taking the course also.Keep up the great work."
Steve Hoogendoorn
FAQ

A1: The total cost of the Electronics Technician Certificate Program is $1665. There are two payment options.

Option 1 - Full Registration: $1665

Students register and pay for the complete program at one time.

Option 2 - Pay-As-You-Go Registration

Initial registration is $345 (includes all learning materials, laboratory simulation software, user guides and Module 1) and registration for each of the remaining 22 modules is $60/module. Students may register for one or more modules at any time.

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A2: Yes our program is accredited. George Brown College is a fully-accredited post-secondary institution operating under the authority of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development in the Province of Ontario. The College received its Charter in 1967 and operates four campuses in Toronto, Canada with over 12,000 full-time and 60,000 part-time students. All certificates, diplomas, and degrees conferred by George Brown College are done so under the power vested in its Board of Governors through the Government of Ontario. George Brown College is a member of the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) which is a national organization consisting of over 200 post-secondary institutions.

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A3: Students entering this program must have a high school diploma with credits at, or above, the general level or hold an equivalent mature student status. An electronics background is helpful but not essential.

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A4: No, the Electronics program is an open enrolment program with no predetermined time limits. That means you can start at your convenience and finish at your own pace.

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A5: The average completion time is approximately 32 weeks of part-time study. The flexible computer-based modules are designed to fit into your schedule, not ours, so you can work at your own pace to complete the program..

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A6: Yes, there are exams. The exams are written online using a computer-based testing package. A timed, 90 minute exam is taken to complete each module of the program.

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A7: You must obtain a 60% or higher to successfully complete each module of each program.

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A8: No, this program is offered entirely by distance education.

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A9: The Interactive Learning Package includes

  • USB based curriculum
  • Lab simulation software
  • Tutorial and Technical Support
  • Access to additional online program resources
  • Online Testing

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A10: While enrolled in the program, students receive technical and tutorial support from the program's Technical Training Distance Learning Student Support Center. The Student Support Center is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time) and can be contacted by email at info@gbctechtraining.com.

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A11: Graduates of the certificate programs can continue their studies to obtain a diploma or degree through the following options: www.etcourse.com/advanced.html

Electronics Engineering Technician Diploma at George Brown College
Graduates of our Electronics Certificate program apply the credits earned from our program directly towards a two-year college diploma. Seven more credits, including four general education courses and three communications courses, must be taken to complete the fully accredited Electronics Engineering Technician Diploma.

Bachelor of Science offered through Athabasca University (AU) and George Brown College
Graduates of the Electronics Technician Certificate can transfer into the second year of studies and continue to earn a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree. The courses offered for The Bachelor of Science degree are delivered via correspondence, CD-ROM, video-tape and internet.

Bachelor of Science, Technology Management Degree offered through Indiana State University and George Brown College

Students who have completed the Electronics Technician Certificate program(plus 7 General Education courses) through George Brown College, can directly transfer into the third year of studies at Indiana State University and continue on to complete a 4 year Bachelor of Science degree.

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A12: The program uses state-of-the-art simulators that act as real world tools. With the Electronics simulators you can design test and debug analog, digital and mixed mode circuits.

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A13:  The program primarily prepares you for employment and/or further on-the-job training as a service technician in the field of consumer, commercial and industrial electronics. Typical job related activities may involve assembly, installation, maintenance, testing, troubleshooting, repair and upgrading of associated electronic equipment and systems.

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A14: Students must have access to a personal computer with the following minimum configuration;

  • USB Drive & Sound Card
  • Intel Pentium or equivalent
  • 32 MB RAM (64 MB recommended)
  • 100 MB available disk space
  • Windows 98/NT/2000/XP/ME/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • Internet Access
  • Email Account

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A15: Once enrolled in the Electronics program, you are responsible for obeying and supporting an honor system that prohibits lying, cheating, or stealing in relation to the academic practices of George Brown College. The honor systems also required you to refrain from conduct that significantly impairs the welfare or the educational opportunities of others in the George Brown College community. You are expected to do your own work in all aspects of your program.

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A16: To receive a tuition refund, a student must provide the Distance Education Support Services Center with a written Request to Withdraw letter no later than ten business days after receiving the course materials. There will be a $20 administration fee charged, per module, to process the refund.

Please note that there is no refund on the Interactive Learning Package (USB). Please note that the textbooks cannot be returned for a refund.

Allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing and mail delivery of tuition refund checks. If you do not receive your tuition refund check within 6 weeks of submitting your Request to Withdraw letter please contact the Distance Education Support Services Center toll-free at 1-888-553-5333 (ref: ).

Please include the following information in your Request to Withdraw letter:

  1. Name
  2. Student Number
  3. Course Registration Number
  4. Reason for withdrawal
  5. Signature

A Request to Withdraw refund letter should be faxed to the Distance Education Support Services Center at (416) 415-4683 (ref: ) or mailed to George Brown College, Distance Education Support Services Center, PO Box 1015 Station B, Toronto, Ontario Canada, M5T 2T9.

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