Home Study Courses & Servicing Education


   Several generations of engineering and service technicians learned "by mail" or from books.

From the 1920's until late in the 20th Century, many people found the only way to start a career in electronics was through home study.
Presented here is a sampling of such courses showing how a student could master the subjects in short, individual lessons, each with its own mail-in examination
Home Study
NRI  Home Study Courses & Related Materials
NRI Sales Brochure
Late 1990's
1950 Set of Lessons
Random issues from electronics courses
1426 total pages
NRI Complete Course in Practical Radio
1600 pages.
NRI Radio & Electronics Dictionary
NRI Radio & Television Data
for Graduates
(Reprints from trade magazines)
NRI Journal
Golden Anniversary
NRI Student Aids
What to charge for service
Guidance f
or students
Around 1950
NRI Computer Course
NRI Electronics and Radio Course
Making Extra Money Fixing Radios
NRI Single Lesson
Class C Power Amps / Oscillators / AM modulation
NRI Radio-Television-Electronic Dictionary
1943 Edition
NRI Advanced Course
Radio & TV Service
NRI Television Course
Partial Set
NRI Course with Answers
Includes promotion brochure
NRI Promotional Booklet: "Rich Rewards in Radio" from 1935 National Radio Institute
Practical Radio course from 1930
National Radio News
The bulletin of correspondence school NRI from 1928.
National Radio Institute 1937 Practical Electronics home study course. National Radio Institute
Electrical / Electronics course
NRI Course
NRI Course
NRI Radio Television Electronics Dictionary
NRI Radio Receiver Course
1950 Edition
Home Study and Training Courses and Related Publications
Radio & TV Training School
1949 student recruitment brochure
DeVry Electronics Course
Dated in the late 1960's.
DeVry Basic Electronics Course
Cleveland Institure
Basic Course
Mixed batch from 1985
NRI basic courses
1949 1950
National Schools
Los Angeles
Complete 1946 electronics course: over 1250 pages!
Trouble Shooter
1961 Visual TV service guide
Industrial Training Institute
45 Lessons from the 1951 comprehensive course
Your Future in Electronics
Cleveland Institute
Cleveland Institute
Advertising mailing promotional piece
Guide to Careers in Electricity, Television and Radio
RCA Point to Point training course from 1954 Capitol Radio Engineering Institute
1949 home study course. 75 lessons.
DeForest Technical School home study course from late 1940's
  RCA Institutes
Home study course
from 1932 
Photofact Television
Home study course
RCA Color Television
Home study course from RCA Institutes
Massey Technical Institute
Several lesson booklets from 1958
2-Way Course
Couse Description
Radio TV Training School
100 lesson 1949 course
MTI Course of Study
Brochure detailing mobile course
Learn by Doing, a brochure promoting the study of electronic servicing. CREI News
Magazine of the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute. A collection of issues.
Midland Radio
1942 Radio & TV course for home study.
Over 3,000 pages.
The Easy Course in Home Radio
Everyman's guide to using and enjoying radio in 7 lessons
Marconi School of Instruction
"The Open Door to Opportunity"
National Schools
Electronics, Radio and Television course from 1937
Basic Radio Course
from Electronics Australia
1967 "course in a book"
UEL Course
25 lessons from 1967