Our training partners continue to do a great job, with number always heading in the right direction. But in recent months we are seeing a couple of great new trends among new schools; fast-track night classes for career changers, and integration into comprehensive IT tracks. Learn more here.
Like most high-stakes professional certification exams, the ESPA exam usually sees a pass rate between 70 and 80 percent. Every once in a while a cohort at one of our partner schools stands out by having a pass rate in the 90s. But in October, our Lincoln Tech training partner in Mahwah, NJ did something extraordinary……they administered 46 exams and every single person passed! A 100% pass rate! Congratulations to the faculty and leadership of the Mahwah EST program, and if you are an employer looking for very well qualified technicians, you should contact their career services office right away at (201) 529-1414. Keep in mind, Lincoln Tech locations have people completing their program nearly every month of the year, so don’t wait until the end of a traditional semester to engage with the school. They like to have employers talk to the class about the work they do, and this is a great chance to identify the best candidates to hire when they graduate!
Each year about this time ESPA releases a revision of its popular Industry Workforce Update. This report helps schools and students understand a little about the electronic systems industry, its rapid growth, the demand for qualified people, and how this demand can be met. It’s just a few pages, not a big bulky document. Please take a look and share freely! Download HERE.
CEPro magazine, which serves the residential systems industry, just released their 2018 Wage & Salary Special Report, and there are some encouraging statistics in there for entry-level ESTs.
For instance, wages for technicians with less than 2 years experience have increased 9% since 2015, to a national average of about $16.50/hr. (much higher in some regions and in larger companies).
And 71% of integrators surveyed have some sort of bonus structure in place for employees, with the average payout at around $2,000. The bottom line remains the same: the industry is still growing rapidly and needs technicians. EST training and certification leads to employment in a great career path where the sky is the limit!
Download the full report here.
ESPA has just added two new training partners whose offerings represent the two fastest growing scenarios happening right now; EST for career changers, and EST for IT students. John Mason Institute in Nashua, NH does a lot of training for adults who are seeking new career paths where they can grow and prosper. Their first cohort of EST training/certification for adults begins in about four weeks. Participants will earn the ESPA EST credential and get lots of assistance getting their entry-level jobs in the electronic systems industry. The Columbus Area Career Connection in Columbus, IN is a high school career center that offers comprehensive computer technology and networking classes. They are now adding EST content and certification, which will introduce students to the vast electronic systems industry, where they will be able to put their computer and networking skills to work in audio, video, control systems, security, and more. This hybrid of IT and EST will also be featured in a full semester course which launches in January at Orange County Technical College in Orlando, FL. These students will be offered a comprehensive Electronic Systems Integration course after they have completed two semesters of computer tech and networking. We are very excited about all three of these programs and we are eager to add similar programs in more markets. If you know of a career center or tech school that might be a good fit, please let us know!
MTI (Maverick Technical Institute) launched a great training program last year which introduces students to a wide variety of knowledge and skills in under a year. They recently got a nice writeup in Commercial Integrator Magazine. If you are a potential student, this is a program to look at. If you are a school thinking about adding an electronic systems track, this is how it’s done!
Orange County Technical College in Orlando is one of our most exciting new training partners. They are about to launch a full semester of electronic systems integration to enhance their already-robust IT program. This class will be based on ESPA and CEDIA curriculum and certifications with additional content from the commercial sector. These students will be super-prepared to come into the industry, with skills in both networking and electronic systems. Meanwhile they are already making news by winning some great awards at Skills USA, in Residential Systems Installation!
We know the demand for qualified people in all roles have never been greater in the electronic systems industry. Companies are now realizing that people leave for a lot of reasons, not just to earn more money. This article from Commercial Integrator Magazine sheds some light on this topic. If you are a new EST, it may help you choose what company to work for. If you are an employer, it may help you keep your best people!
The Continental Automated Building Association has created a white paper which identifies the growing need for qualified people in the automated building/smart home industry, along with training gaps and examples of existing programs. ESPA and some ESPA Training Partners are highlighted. ESPA executive director Jeff Gardner was a co-author of the document. It can be downloaded by following the link in this press release:
This successful ESPA certified technician received his training at Lincoln Tech in Union, NJ and now has a great career with SimplexGrinnell. Read about his story in Security Sales & Integration magazine.