People learn to become piano technicians through enrollment in residential schools, correspondence or self-study courses, and apprenticeships. You can learn through full-time academic programs, or part-time customized programs at your own pace.
A list of piano technician training programs is available from the Piano Technicians Guild. Entry-level training usually requires from six months to two years, but allow two to five years of practice to develop competence in piano tuning and repair.
Tuition and supply costs can range from approximately $1,000 (correspondence) to more than $11,000 (academic programs).
Opportunities for professional development are available through piano manufacturers, some of the schools that offer entry-level training, and the Piano Technicians Guild. Classes are offered at conventions, seminars, and at the PTG home office.
The Piano Technicians Guild also publishes the only trade-specific magazine in the field, the Piano Technicians Journal. Various technical books and reference materials are also available from the Piano Technicians Guild.