While ESPA certification will help get started in the industry as an entry-level EST, that is just the beginning of your career path. Training and certification are the keys to advancement, job security, and better compensation.
Depending on the direction you go in the low-voltage industry, there are numerous ways to learn and earn credentials:
Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) Training and Certifications – Residential Systems Work
CEDIA Training is designed to educate all individuals in a residential electronic systems contracting company and has five colleges available: electronic systems technician, designer, project manager, business, and customer relations. Training includes instructor-led and online learning.
- Electronic Systems Technician II
- Electronic Systems Technician III
- Residential Networking Specialist
National Systems Contractors Association – Commercial Electronic Systems Work
NSCA supports the industry mainly through business related training and events.
Electronic Security Association (ESA) Training and Certification – Security and Alarm Installation Training
CompTIA Certification – Computer Technologies and Networking
Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA) Certification – Home Theater Acoustics and Audio Calibration
Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) Certification – Video Technologies and Calibration
InfoComm Certification – Commercial Audio/Video Systems
- Certified Technology Specialist (CTS)
Project Management Institute (PMI) Certification – Project Management
- PMP Certification