History & Our Founders

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 Task Analysis. The curriculum covers five key domains:

  • Electrical Basics
  • Tools
  • Construction Methods and Materials
  • Wiring and Installation Practices
  • Standards, Codes and Safety Practices

Students of the program must pass a proctored exam in order to exam in order to earn the ESPA Certified-EST® credential. This certification is a widely recognized industry “stamp of approval” that signifies that the technician is qualified, and able to hit the ground running from day one. Since its launch, ESPA has received accolades from the electronic systems industry and numerous schools have adopted our curriculum.




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  • 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.



  • 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.


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