ESPA Industry Partners

Electronics industry leaders CTA, CEDIA & NSCA founded ESPA in 2006 in order to meet the increasing demand for properly trained ESTs. The industry felt the need for a comprehensive and consistent approach for training entry-level technicians. The founding organizations tapped into their network of experienced educators and innovators who created the ESPA curriculum and job test analysis.

Since that time, additional professional organizations have joined ESPA as an industry partner. Industry partners value that ESPA trains and educates entry-level technicians with the proper skillsets so that they can later advance to more advanced work. With this widespread industry support, the ESPA Certified-EST® credential has become the industry standard for the entry-level electronics systems professional.

What’s the difference between ESPA and the other associations?

  • ESPA helps new entrants to the industry and current technicians that have never been certified.
  • Our industry partners focus on higher-level programs, certifications and employment opportunities.


ESPA Founders & Partners

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  • FOUNDER: Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) is a trade association focused on the installation and integration of residential electronic systems that enhance homeowners’ lifestyle. CEDIA Training and Certification is designed to educate all individuals in the residential systems industry, and has five tracks available: electronic systems technician, designer, project manager, business, and customer relations.



  • FOUNDER: National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) is a trade association representing the commercial electronic systems industry. NSCA University offers courses on project management, business, and sales.



  • Electronic Security Association (ESA) has evolved into the largest professional trade association in the United States with the purpose of representing, promoting and enhancing the growth and professional development of the electronic life safety and security industry.



  • The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. The organization is supported by an international membership of companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. CABA’s mandate includes providing its members with networking and market research opportunities. CABA also encourages the development of industry standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives.



  • CompTIA is a non-profit trade association that advances the global interests of IT professionals and companies. CompTIA offers a wide variety of educational resources and certification opportunities.



  • The NSCA Education Foundation promotes and engages current and future electronic systems integrators in educational experiences to enhance the growth, professionalism and business skills needed in the electronic systems industry. Learn more here.



  • CEDIA Education Foundation is a charitable organization focused on enriching the residential electronic systems industry through engaging the future workforce with continuing education and training support.

Organizations interested in becoming ESPA partners should contact ESPA at

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