I spent a week at Wild PCS in Vegas for their 5 day school. Frank was awesome and I learned a ton. I have been doing cell phone forensics for more than 5 years (1500+ phones) and wanted to learn the repair side for dealing with damages or broken devices. Although I was more interested in using the knowledge in a forensic application the retail knowledge was helpful opened my eyes to the possibilities on the retail side. Frank was able to focus his training for both forensics and retail as I was not the only student. I received 5 full days of hands on instruction and I went from totally useless with a solder gun to replacing and soldering parts that are minuscule. I was aware of the negative reviews and from my experience with Wild PCS these negative reviews are unsubstantiated. I highly recommend the 5 day class at Wild PCS. Within days of the class I was swapping a logic board on a damaged phone with a logic board on a working phone in under 20 minutes, and was to get a physical dump of the data. For Chipoff, I also went from using the hulk smash approach to gaining access to the emmc chips on phones to being able to completely disassemble the phone, remove the chip and completely reassemble the phone without losing a screw or breaking a part. This class is well worth the time and investment.
President, Wisconsin Association of Computer Crimes Investigators, Northern Chapter.