When I moved to Mexico, I was introduced to the mini-split air conditioner. I currently have three of these units in my condo and they are not the most reliable electronic devices I have ever owned. I instantly identified these contraptions as a potential money pit, so I set out to learn to work on them myself.
At first, I pondered taking an on-site air conditioner repair course; however, the closest one was in Cancun and I did not want to go that far. I was very serious about learning, and I even put my name on a waiting list for the next air conditioner repair course offered in Playa del Carmen.
In searching for an alternative course online, I came across an amazing online site that taught me how to install, repair, and maintain split-level air conditioners for free: https://capacitateparaelempleo.org/
This is a web site that was created to provide free job training to Mexicans and upon successful completion, put them in touch with an employer. The courses even teach some of the basics of running your own business in the event that a person chooses that route. You do not have to be Mexican to take these courses.
There are currently 91 job courses on the site and more are scheduled for the near future. The following is a picture of just a few of them:
The courses are 100% in Spanish. This is a great way to sharpen your Spanish while you learn a useful skill at the same time. If you are a beginning Spanish student, you can play the videos over and over until your comprehension improves.
I cannot comment about all of the courses offered because, to date, I have only taken the air conditioner repair course. That course consisted of 31 lessons and 15 exams. After I successfully completed all of them, I was awarded a certificate (PDF format) and the option to allow employers to contact me. Since I am not authorized to work in Mexico, I opted out of the latter.
I worked on the course in my leisure and it took me about a week to finish it.
QUALITY OF THE COURSE
I was very impressed with the quality of the instructional videos for this course. I think that it rivals, if not surpasses, many of the online classes that I took at the university level. I truly learned enough to be able to perform the maintenance on the three split-level units in my home. I feel that I can even install another one, should the need arise. Even if I do decide to hire someone to do any necessary repairs, I will be able to speak knowledgeably about the units and I am less likely to be scammed.
This site is very professional, it is free, and it can help you improve your Spanish. I highly recommend it if you are looking for something to do on a rainy day. I plan to learn how to repair my cellular devices next, and after that – who knows.
By the way, I am not a native Spanish speaker and I was still able to pass the course.
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