ACMT - Apple Certified Macintosh Technician Training Course - London

ACMT Apple Certified Macintosh Technician

6th July’s course was £2450 now £1690.

Why Take The ACMT Course:

Does your company have a large Mac collection and require a reliable way to service these machines in-house if the hardware fails?
Do you wish to work for an Apple Store as a Genius or work for an Apple Authorised Service Provider (AASP)?

If the answer is yes, you will need to become Apple Hardware Certified.

AppleCare Mac Technician (ACMT) certification verifies your ability to perform basic troubleshooting and repair of both desktop and portable Mac systems, such as iMac and MacBook Pro.
 The ACMT certification exams emphasize identifying and resolving common OS X problems, and using Apple Service and Support products and practices to effectively repair Apple hardware.

The ACMT Certification

Individuals wishing to become an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician (ACMT) must complete one hardware and one software exam at a minimum: Apple Certified Macintosh Service Certification Exam, (9L0-012)

The hardware exam allows an individual to focus on how Apple Desktop and Portable computers function and how to troubleshoot them.

OS X Yosemite v10.10 Troubleshooting Exam, (9L0-066)

The Mac OS requirement is to ensure that technicians have the knowledge to quickly and efficiently differentiate between software and hardware issues. The software exam is specific to the current Mac Operating System (OS X Yosemite v10.10).

This eight day course encompasses both hardware and software aspects. Five days are spent preparing for the hardware exam and three days for the software exam. The course is a mixture of leader-led theory and extensive hands on practicals, including take apart sessions on the latest Apple desktop and portable hardware.


No specific prior knowledge is required. However, general computer hardware theory knowledge and basic knowledge of Apple products and Operating System will come in useful.

What the ACMT course will teach you

  • Comprehensive understanding of the Apple Desktop and Portable Range. Their specifications, key features and hardware troubleshooting and repair.
  • Complete training on how to troubleshoot the hardware inside the Apple Desktop and Portable Range.
  • Overall understanding of Computer technologies including Apple specific technologies.
  • Product knowledge and troubleshooting of the Apple Wireless networking range.
  • Demonstrations by certified Apple Hardware Trainers on repair techniques.
  • Instructor led extensive student hands on take apart labs with the current Apple Desktop and Portable Range.
  • Overview of the current OS X Operation System (Yosemite v10.10) including installation, features, configuration and troubleshooting.
    Plus much more!

Who Should Seek ACMT Certification?

  • ACMT certification is intended for technicians employed by an Apple Store, Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) or Self Servicing Account (SSA), or for persons motivated to demonstrate their knowledge of technician-level service and support skills. For persons not employed by Apple directly or by an AASP or SSA, attaining ACMT certification verifies skills and knowledge that may be sought by a prospective employer, such as an Apple Reseller or a self-servicing entity like a school.

ACMT Course Agenda

Day 1

  • Basic Computer Theory & Terminology
  • Overview of the main components that make up a Macintosh Computer.
  • Underlying Technologies.

This course introduces you to some key technologies implemented in Apple computers, including:

  • Processors
  • Memory
  • Hard Drives, their connectors including SCSI, ATA, SAS, SSD.
  • Fusion Drives
  • Optical drives
  • Expansion slots including PCI, ExpressCard/34, SD Card Slot
  • Audio & Video in/out
  • Ethernet
  • Airport/Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Infrared
  • USB
  • FireWire
  • Thunderbolt
  • Firmware Architecture
  • Power Management Technologies including PMU, SMU, SMC,
  • Circuit Sensors including Sudden Motion Sensor, ALS (Ambient Light Sensor).
  • How the Hardware and Software differ and how to troubleshoot them.
  • Troubleshooting and Administrative Reference Tools and Materials.
  • Looking at online tools, such as Global Service Exchange (GSX), Apple Technical Learning Administration System (ATLAS), Apple Support Articles (Knowledge Base) and the Discussion Boards.
  • Hardware Service Issues
  • Identify any hardware or software requirements to use or upgrade a Mac, using the Apple Support Site

Day 2

  • Troubleshooting Tools, Diagnostics and Utilities
  • General Troubleshooting Theory
  • Troubleshooting Goals – an explanation of what professional troubleshooting should accomplish.
  • Troubleshooting Steps.
  • Internal Components Identify slot and connector types, major modules common to Macintosh desktops and list common malfunctioning symptoms.
  • Identify special precautions when working inside an Apple portable computer.
  • Technician Safety.
  • How to identify Accidental Damage.

Day 3

  • Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD’s)
  • Basic Networking Theory & Troubleshooting Networking – Wi-Fi and Airport
  • Apple Recommended Hardware Tools and servicing Macintosh Computers
  • Apple Professional Desktops Overview and Take Apart Hardware features, specifications and service issues.
  • How to troubleshoot Apple iMac Take Apart and Troubleshooting Component isolation and take apart

Day 4

  • Mac Pro Take Apart and Troubleshooting Component isolation and take apart
  • Mac Mini Take Apart and Troubleshooting Component isolation and take apart
  • Power Management
  • Understanding of how the computer receives and distributes power to all the components along with how to troubleshoot power problems.
  • More in-depth look into Power distribution including how Power Adaptors and Batteries work and how to troubleshoot
  • them.
  • Explanation of the additional components found in a portable computer, including troubleshooting tips and procedures.
  • How repairing Portable computers differ and things to look out for.
  • Apple Professional Portables Overview and Take Apart Hardware features, specifications and service issues.
  • MacBook Air Take Apart and Troubleshooting Component isolation and take apart

Day 5

  • MacBook Pro Take Apart and Troubleshooting Component isolation and take apart
  • MacBook Pro Retina Take Apart and Troubleshooting Component isolation and take apart
  • Open Q&A and Exam Preparation (Including Review Quiz)
  • Apple ACMT Macintosh Service Certification Exam

Day 6

  • Installing OS X v10.10
  • Including Installation requirements, differences between HFS+, Fat32, upgrade paths.
  • Basic Usage and new features
  • Describing features of Finder, Dock, Apps.
  • Locating OS version, build number using about this Mac.
  • Using OS X Recovery.
  • Troubleshooting OS X Installations.
  • File systems supported by OS X, file and folder locations, search paths, Disk Utility and file repair.
  • Locating, configuring and reconfiguring System Preferences.
  • Managing Users and Permissions
  • Distinguish between the types of users, file and folder access and resetting passwords.
  • OS X Security and Privacy features including Parental Controls, Gatekeeper and FileVault.

Day 7

  • Applications and troubleshooting
  • Applications supported in OS X Yosemite v10.10, Applications created with different developer APIs, the UNIX concept of a process, the relationship of processes and applications, tools to monitoring and managing processes, application preferences, troubleshooting, Boot Camp.
  • iCloud services including syncing content, iCloud Drive, Family Sharing and Continuity.
  • Printing and Other Peripherals. Defining peripherals, configuring printing in OSX.
  • Time Machine, Introduction to Apple’s built-in Backup software utility.
  • OS X Networking, File Sharing and Internet Access
  • Defining common network technologies, sharing volumes and networking security.

Day 8

  • Troubleshooting Tools and Tips
  • Identifying OS X Utilities, repairing permissions using Disk Utility and ID a Kernel Panic.
  • Additional OS X Troubleshooting
  • Describing the purpose of hidden files, troubleshooting Apps, using Apple System Information to detect an external device.
  • OS X Boot Process, Startup and Login
  • Defining boot errors for the Power On Self-Test, describing what happens during the Kernel load stage.
  • Processes involved in loading up the system and logging in to a User Account.


  • Open Q&A and Exam Preparation (Including Review Quiz)
  • Apple OS X Yosemite Troubleshooting Exam



Please note that ACMT certification by itself does not allow a technician to order Apple parts. Apple parts are ordered via the GSX system, which only AASP’s and Self Certified Repair centres have access too. Information on becoming authorized for servicing Apple products can be found here.

ACMT Apple Certified Macintosh Technician

About Us

Q: Why Amsys Training?
A: At Amsys Training we offer the full range of Apple Certified OS X Technical Training Courses and have partnered with the best in the business to give you access to courses and instructors to meet all your technical and application training requirements. Our locations in South and Central London and Manchester give you the choice to train where it is most convenient.

We also offer a “classroom in a box” where we can deliver on-site training to companies who would prefer this option.

At Amsys our specialist Trainers and Consultants have unequalled experience at delivering both bespoke and Certified Training courses, contributing real world experiences to all training courses.

Q: I see you’re an Apple Authorised Training Centre (AATC); What does this mean?
A: We are indeed an Apple Authorised Training Centre, and we have an excellent relationship with Apple. To become an Apple Authorised Training Centre both the training environment and trainers must meet Apple’s high standards. Our trainers are frequently tested by Apple to ensure we offer the best training experience possible. Where available we only offer official Apple training courses with official Apple course material.

Q: Is Amsys purely a training company?
A: As well as training, Amsys is an Apple Authorised Service Provider offering repairs on all of Apple’s desktop and portable machines. We also have a support and consultancy division for businesses and educational organisations and a specialised Apple technical recruitment division.

Booking a Course

Q: How do I book a course?
A: If you would like to book a course you can do this in a number of ways. We have an on-line booking page or you can download a booking form here and fax it back to Amsys on 020 8763 9332.

Q: If I have a question or need more information who can I contact?
A: A member of the training team will gladly help you. You can email them at or if you would like to speak to someone then please call us on 020 8645 5806.

Q: Where do I find your course schedule?
A: Our full course schedule can be found on every training web page at the top of the page under the main site menu or you can click here. If you view a course description page, the description page also lists the next available dates. We try to maintain a course schedule for the next 3 months.

Q: Where can I find your Terms and Conditions?
A: Our Terms and Conditions can be found at

Courses & Exams

Q: What is the agenda for a typical training day?
A: A usual course will start at 9:30am and finish around 5pm. Courses begin promptly, so we encourage trainees to come in at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to enjoy refreshments and get settled in. A 1 hour lunch break will be provided approximately halfway through the course, as well as two 15 minute breaks.

Q: How many trainees are in each course?
A: For the optimal training experience, courses are capped at 8 people for the more complex server courses and 10 for the client courses. Each trainee is provided their own system and materials.

Q: Are there any prerequisites for training courses?
A: Prerequisites vary depending on the course you are considering. All prerequisites are listed on the course detail page.

Q: When can I take the exam?
A: The certified exams are administered at the end of the final day of each course. The instructor offers a review session and tips to best prepare you for the exam. The time allotted for the exam is 2 hours.

Q: What happens if I’m not ready to take the exam on the final day of the course?
A: If you feel you’re not ready to take the exam, you are welcome to come back to Amsys at a later day to take the exam. You can contact a member of the Amsys training team to arrange this.

Q: What happens if I don’t pass the exam?
A: You are welcome to retake the exam, at a fee of £85. The retake must be taken at least 7 days after the previous take.

Q: What Apple certifications are available?
A: For IT professionals Apple offer 4 certifications, Apple Certified Associate (ACA), Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP), Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) and Apple Certified Macintosh Technician (ACMT).

Further information on these certifications can be found on our certification guide here. If you are not sure which certification to take please contact a member of our training team.


Q: What is a valid form of payment?
A: We accept Visa, Mastercard, company purchase orders and personal checks. Payment must be made before the course has started

Q: What if I have a confirmed seat in the class and then have to cancel or postpone it?
A: It depends on the amount of notice you are able to provide and if we are able to fill the open slot. For a full explanation, please take a look at our terms and conditions.