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BASIC LEVEL: Mobile Phone Repair and Maintenance


Today’s digital world has emerged with fascinating and sophisticated technologies that have tremendously improved our lives. Mobile phones, in particular, have completely changed our traditional means of communication.  Given their countless functionalities, we usually consider mobile phones as central components to simplify tasks that could otherwise consume a considerable amount of time. Smartphones, for instance, can be installed with applications that serve different purposes: social interaction (e.g., WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube), real-time location monitoring (e.g., Google maps), health monitoring, and education. Because of these countless merits, most users are willing to spend money to ensure the proper functioning and sustainability of their mobile phones.

Similar to other electronic devices, hardware or software components of a mobile phone can be damaged, hence limiting a user to execute normal operations through the device: making/accepting calls, texting, chatting or accessing a web browser. Faulty mobile phones require repair and/or maintenance by qualified technicians or electronics engineers. This course equips you with fundamentals and necessary knowledge and skills that you can apply to repair and maintain the mobile phones of users. The course gives you the confidence to become an entrepreneur and establish your own business of repairing and maintaining mobile phones.

By June 2018, approximately 72% of the population in Tanzania had access to mobile phones. This huge market, which authorities state may rise exponentially in the near future, guarantees a sustainable self-employment opportunity to technicians of mobile phones. Therefore, upon successful completion of the course, you will have gained advanced skills to seize the opportunity and provide professional services in mobile phone repair and maintenance. In addition, you will understand various professional ethics that you must follow when repairing or maintaining the mobile phones of your clients (e.g., protection of confidential information stored in the mobile phone). More specifically, the course introduces guidelines, policies, and recommendations provided by our local regulatory authority (TCRA, Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority). In reference to TCRA provisions, all mobile phone technicians should receive professional training on how to provide quality service to their clients. This course will help you work diligently while adhering to TCRA provisions.

This is a Basic Level Course. You may also be interested to see the intermediate and advanced level courses. 

To equip participants with basic knowledge and professional skills of repair and maintenance of mobile phones.

Upon completion of this training, participants are expected to gain knowledge and professional skills to undertake the following tasks:

  • (1) Identify and describe functions of passive and active components
  • (2) Perform general maintenance of mobile phone components
  • (3) Describe architecture and classification of mobile phones
  • (4) Troubleshoot mobile phones
  • (1) Identification and description of passive and active components
  • (2) General maintenance of mobile phone components
  • (3) Architecture and classification of mobile phones
  • (4) Troubleshooting mobile phones
  • (1) Hobbyists with interest to join the mobile phone repair and maintenance industry
  • (2) Practitioners and technicians with limited competency in mobile phone repair and maintenance

Each registered participant will receive a copy of the instructors’ slides and other materials, such as references, papers, and software used during the course.

Participants that score at least 50% will be awarded a Certificate of Competence from the University of Dar es Salaam.

Assignments and laboratory/workshop works will be used to assess the performance of participants: Theory, 40%; and practical, 60%.

Each participant willing to enroll for Intermediate or Advanced levels should pay an entry examination fee of TZS 100,000 per single examination seat. If a participant re-seats for the examination, she or he will pay the same amount of fee.

Fee: TZS 150,000

All payments should be made centrally through Control Numbers provided by the University of Dar es Salaam. After registration, a Control Number and invoice will be emailed to you using the information you have provided in the registration system.