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Associations Focus: Certification Proves Technical Skills

Proven knowledge gets the job done.

Associations Focus: Certification Proves Technical Skills

Mar 1, 2005 12:00 PM

Proven knowledge gets the job done.

Customers want someone who will do the job right the first time. NSCA has what they’re looking for. NSCA will add two certifications to the one it debuted at the 2004 Systems Integration Expo. These three certifications are designed for installers (C-SI), technicians (C-EST), and systems integrators (R-ESI). The C-SI exam will join the Certified Electronic Systems Technician (C-EST) exam at the 2005 Systems Integration Expo, followed by the Registered Electronic Systems Installer (R-ESI) exams later this fall.

Focused on developing both technical and professional skills, NSCA certifications verify fundamental knowledge of multiple electronic systems. But these credentials stand out — technicians have to prove their installation knowledge to get them.


In addition to a written exam, the C-SI and C-EST certifications require professionals to prove they can successfully install a range of electronic systems.

“Because our industry’s work is interdisciplinary, the performance verification exam is critical,” said Chuck Wilson, NSCA executive director. “It is important for today’s technical professionals to have a good understanding of how their system affects others within the built environment and how to problem-solve on the job site if something isn’t working.”

By offering a comprehensive overview of multiple systems, from basic skills to detailed systems integration, this program offers training, certification, and continuing education for all levels of professionals.


To date, more than 300 professionals have taken the C-EST exam. Why are companies interested in proving their skills? They see the following benefits:

  • Increased credibility — C-EST is a nationally recognized credential
  • Increased knowledge — C-ESTs are tested on the fundamentals of multiple electronic systems
  • Increased value — C-ESTs do things right the first time
  • Competitive advantage due to new marketing opportunities
  • Increased margins due to the ability to reduce costly mistakes.

“This program offers a new and easy way to increase the competencies and credibility of your technical staff without breaking the bank,” Wilson said.

“Our members have shared that this program has made installations and service smoother and has helped drive prices where they need to be for continued business growth.”

To get started, NSCA offers a brief assessment to help professionals determine which credential would be most applicable. Review courses and online training supplement the certification program to complete the professional development path.

The Certified Systems Installer (C-SI) certification is for professionals with at least one year of industry work experience, who are responsible for the installation of electronic communications equipment and infrastructure including but not limited to cable, fiber optics, and electronic devices.

C-EST certification is for professionals with two or more years of industry experience whose primary occupation is in commercial or residential design and/or integration, installation, and field maintenance/service.

R-ESI certification is for professionals with four or more years of work experience who can plan installations, read and interpret plans and specifications, guide and supervise other craftsmen, and understand and execute good industry work practices. A R-ESI must be proficient at directing others in fieldwork, as well as planning his or her own work.

To learn more about NSCA’s certification programs, visit or call (800) 446-6722.

For more information about NSCA, visit or call (800) 446-6722.

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