Most employers prefer to hire technical sales representatives who have technical qualifications plus several years of experience working with the type of product they sell. For example, depending on the industry, employers may require job applicants to have a background in equipment operation, trades, business administration, marketing, engineering, computer science, pharmacy or agriculture. Computer skills are often required.
Suitable post-secondary programs are offered by universities, colleges and technical institutes throughout Alberta. Entrance requirements vary depending on the program and the school. However, in general, the entrance requirement for:
- two year diploma programs is a high school diploma or equivalent with appropriate courses at the Grade 12 level.
- degree programs is a competitive average in English Language Arts 30-1 and four other appropriate Grade 12 subjects (for example, Pure Math 30, Social Studies 30, 30 level sciences).
Employers often offer product specific in-house training programs for technical sales representatives that may range in length from a few weeks to several months. Training programs may be offered at head office or other locations.
Sales representatives must keep up to date with technological changes affecting their customers' companies.
The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
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