Training Resources

SELF-STUDY OPTIONS FOR ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS CAREERS

Whether you are enrolled in a formal electronic systems program, or studying on your own, a wide variety of resources are available to help you prepare for a great career. Some, such as online magazines and webinars, are free of charge. We encourage everyone to take advantage of as many resources as possible. And when you are ready to enter the workforce, the Job Boards, along with the finder’s services for the various trade associations, are a great place to start.

Books


ESPA

Training Guide and Exam Prep – Supports the ESPA certification exam, aimed at ESTs, covers both residential and commercial and US codes and standards

www.espa.org/exam-prep Click on Purchase the ESPA Training Guide

CEDIA

Fundamentals of Residential Electronic Systems – Supports the CEDIA ESC credential, provides a general introduction to residential systems, is not just for technicians

http://www.cedia.net/ProductCatalog/ProductCategory.aspx?ID=65
(You need to create a profile on the website to access and purchase the books)

Advanced Residential Electronic Systems – builds on the content of the Fundamentals book, covers all aspects of the industry at a more advanced level, a good prep for CEDIA’s higher certs (ESC-T, ESC-D, ESC-N)

http://www.cedia.net/ProductCatalog/ProductCategory.aspx?ID=32

InfoComm  

CTS Exam Guide – covers much of the material needed for InfoComm’s CTS certification (not entry-level), focuses on commercial systems

http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/35296.htm

Brown Technical

Brown’s guide for home automation, including everything from HVAC to lighting to security systems.

http://www.browntechnical.org/products/building-automation-control-devices-and-applications.html?utm_medium=googleshopping&utm_source=bc&gclid=CNrM-eixxdMCFYZMDQodVMwExQ

 

 

Publications

CE Pro                                        www.cepro.com

Residential Systems                    www.residentialsystems.com

Commercial Integrator                  www.commercialintegrator.com

Technology Integrator                   www.technologyintegrator.net

System Contractor News              www.avnetwork.com

 

Online Learning

 

Bedrock Learning

Offers a variety of entry-level Ecourses, including a fundamentals course which supports the ESPA body of knowledge
www.bedrocklearning.com

CEDIA

Offers over 30 high quality Ecourses from basic to advanced, covering most of the subsystems and technologies of residential systems as well as business topics

Hosts dozens of archived webinars from the previous 2 years, mostly on emerging and important technologies (Free)
www.cedia.net

 

Evaluation of Exam Readiness

 

ESPA

Online self-paced pre-test assessment (practice test). $29 (I will register your son at no charge when he thinks he is ready)

www.espa.org/exam-prep Click on Take the Pre-Test Assessment

CEDIA  

Online self-paced pre-test assessment (practice test) for each of their certifications (Free)

www.cedia.org/certification

Select the certification page and go to the pre-test assessment

Websites

In addition to the links above, these websites are all interesting and informative.

www.cedia.net                Custom Electronic Design & Installation Assoc – Industry site

www.cedia.org                CEDIA Outfacing site with finders service

www.nsca.org                 NSCA – National Systems Contractor Assoc

www.ce.org                      CTA – Consumer Technology Association
(For more specific info, search for their TechHome division)

www.esaweb.org            ESA – Electronic Security Association

www.caba.org                 Continental Automated Building Assoc

www.comptia.org           Computing Technology Industry Assoc

 

Job Boards

Most associations have finders service apps on their websites which allow someone to find member companies in their area.  The follow are actual job boards where openings are posted.  Generally the jobs seen are higher level, but keep in mind virtually all companies are also looking for entry-level people.

NSCA – http://jobs.nsca.org/

CEDIA – http://www.cedia.net/programs/careers

Commercial Integrator Magazine – http://jobs.commercialintegrator.com/

 

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