About the Program
Technicians for Africa is an absolutely free online program for Africans seeking a new and exciting career as a service technician. Technicians for Africa is sponsored by Caterpillar, the global leader in construction and mining equipment. Caterpillar has created this curriculum using courses from the Caterpillar University Global Service Technician training program. So you know it’s good!
If you fall into any of the following 3 categories, this certificate program may be right for you!
For the curious:
If you have no previous education or knowledge in this field but are curious to know if it’s right for you, this is a great way to find out.
For the vocational student:
If you are a technician in vocational school pursuing a technical diploma this is a great way to add to your resume and expand your knowledge.
For existing technicians:
If you’re an existing technician interested in getting a basic certification to improve employability, this may be the perfect solution.
Whatever your motivation, in just 3-6 months you can achieve your foundational certification–a certification that has value to you as an important first step in your pursuit of a career as a service technician.
Best of all, it’s easy to enroll and begin your journey! All the courses are virtual (computer-based). You can take the courses from home, from school, from a library or from anywhere you have a decent Internet connection. And, you can take the courses anytime, day or night. Whatever fits your schedule.
By completing these courses you’ll learn the basics of electricity, hydraulics, drivetrains and much more.
The curriculum consists of 18 courses: four Introductory courses, ten Level 1 courses and four Level 2 courses. You’ll find the courses interesting and compelling with lots of interactivity and animation. Completion time is estimated to take approximately 3-6 months. (Yes. That’s right. It’s comprehensive. This is the real deal and you’ll need to work hard but the results could be well worth the effort.)
Once you successfully complete the program you will be able to print out a certificate of completion. This will acknowledge you as Foundational Level 1 and Level 2 certified. You can use it in the market place to improve your chances of landing a technicians job in the auto industry, the trucking industry or the heavy equipment field. And you can use it to help gain entry into a leading vocational school.
Go ahead! click the Get Started button and begin your journey to an exciting and successful career as a qualified Service Technician!
[Note: this program is an introduction to the knowledge required to become a fully trained technician. Your education should be complemented by skills that can be acquired by joining an apprenticeship or hands-on program, or enrolling in a vocational school]
For 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2014 sales and revenues of $55.184 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation – and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.