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About RSD Academy

Higher education is not readily available to everyone. A brick and mortar school with live instructors is the best option for many students. However, many students cannot find the classes they need within a reasonable distance. Some can't afford the tuition and are unable or unwilling to take on student loans. Others are unable to work live classes into their schedules. Some simply prefer to study on their own. No matter what your situation, RSD Academy is here to serve you.

Instructors: RSD Academy has textbooks, video lectures, supplemental videos and other resources. Use RSD Academy to supplement your curriculum or as your complete curriculum.1

Students: RSD Academy has the structured online courses you need for your education. These include reading assignments from our textbooks, video lectures, supplemental videos and other resources. We will soon have a testing system so that you can evaluate your progress and document your education. Our plans include working with companies and corporations to provide opportunities for mentored hands-on learning. Is a brick and mortar school with live instructors your best option? RSD Academy is still here for you. We offer more resources and another point of view. RSD Academy is a great way to supplement your learning experience.

A Shortage of Skilled People and Nowhere to Learn

A major chain of electronics schools closed recently  
The Electronics Technicians Association (ETA International) reports that there is a critical shortage of electronics technicians. They are engaged in a campaign to interest people in careers in electronics. However, although many universities have courses in electrical engineering, there are not so many options for those who want to study electronics for technicians. Some community colleges still have excellent electronics technology programs, but others have curtailed or eliminated such programs. Private schools have phased out their electronics courses or closed altogether. Students interested in electronics technology have limited choices.

No matter where you are, you can learn electronics technology at RSD Academy.

Tuition and Financial Aid

RSD Academy is financed almost entirely by free will donations. As such, we have no tuition or financial aid. RSD Academy is able to provide free education and free resources to educators because of our generous patrons at Patreon. If you benefit from RSD Academy—whether through free education, free resources or because we are providing more skilled people as potential employees—please consider going to and donating. Thank you.

About the Founder

Our founder, Bob DuHamel, earned an associate degree in electronics technology from San Diego Mesa College. For ten years he worked as an engineering technician for several companies. When the PC became ubiquitous, he transitioned to that field, where he developed custom programs and maintaining computer networks for small businesses. In 1998 he began his teaching career at a small technical school preparing students to take CompTIA's  A+ exam and the ETA International CNST exam. At that school, he led the team that developed the original CNCT exam for ETA International. In 2003, while working at a nationally accredited vocational school, he was assigned the task of developing an academic course in electronics technology, information technology and fiber optic technology. The unique nature of this highly compressed course required that he build the entire curriculum, including writing a series of textbooks. This program inspired the courses at RSD Academy.

Licensing and Certification

After completing the courses at RSD Academy, you will be well-positioned to attempt exams for several certifications and licenses. Most jobs for which our courses prepare you do not require a license. One exception is that a General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL) is required to work on radio transmitting equipment in the United States. Some businesses require certification as a matter of policy. Regardless of business policy, certification shows that you are willing to prepare for and demonstrate your knowledge through the certification process. The business you want to work for will know that you meet a certain level of competency and are prepared to do the job or be further trained to meet their needs. This will give you an edge in the hiring process.

The Electronics Technicians Association (ETA International) is authorized to deliver the GROL exam and offers multiple levels of certification in electronics technology, information technology and fiber optic technology. To learn more about becoming a certified electronics technician, visit their site linked below.

See our friends at ETA International and learn how to become a certified electronics technician.2

Terms of Use

By using any resources at RSD Academy, you agree to the following terms:

Materials at RSD Academy are copyrighted. We are in the process of developing a legal license for our materials. In the meantime, here is what you may and may not do with resources at RSD Academy.

You May

  • View our videos directly at the RSD Academy site.

  • View our videos on RSD Academy channels at online video sites (like YouTube and Daily Motion).

  • Embed our videos on your website.

  • Download our videos for personal and classroom use.

  • Read our textbooks at the RSD Academy site.

  • Download our textbooks for personal use.

  • Download our textbooks and redistribute them to your students

  • Print our textbooks for personal use.

  • Print our textbooks and redistribute them to your students.

  • Charge a fee to your students equal to your cost for printing out textbooks.

You May Not

  • Redistribute our materials in any way not expressed above.

  • Charge a fee for printing and distributing our textbooks that exceeds your cost for printing.

You Must

  • If you use our materials in your classroom, you must inform your students that the materials are from RSD Academy.

  • If you embed our videos on your website you must credit RSD Academy.

  • All donations to RSD Academy are voluntary. However, if you use our materials in your classroom or distribute our textbooks to your students, you must inform your students that RSD Academy is supported by donations and inform them that they can make voluntary donations at

You Should

  • Be mindful of the value of what you are getting for free. Please consider going to and donating an appropriate amount according to your means. Thank you.

1 RSD Academy is still under construction. However, we have textbooks and other materials ready for DC Electronics, AC Electronics and Solid State Devices. We are currently working on Analog Circuits. Digital Circuits and Communications Circuits will follow soon.
2 RSD Academy and ETA International have the common goal of promoting careers in electronics technology, information technology and fiber optic technology, but are not affiliated.