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NSCACareer Path

Achieving NSCA's certified electronic systems technician (C-EST) status is an investment well worth the effort but one that isn't automatic. Using both

NSCACareer Path

Aug 1, 2004 12:00 PM

Achieving NSCA’s certified electronic systems technician (C-EST) status is an investment well worth the effort — but one that isn’t automatic. Using both a written test and a hands-on performance verification, the exams are difficult. But that’s what truly separates those who have mastered multiple systems and those who haven’t.

To assist people applying for C-EST status and the registered electronic systems integrator (R-ESI) designation, the NSCA University offers a comprehensive training package with program entry points reliant upon the individual’s skill level — something quickly measured by an online assessment test. The randomly generated, 100-question test offers an immediate score with an accompanying training prescription. From there individuals will be directed down a possible path in what has become the industry’s most comprehensive training program for systems technicians and integrators (see Fig. 1). Anyone taking the assessment will receive a $50 credit — a full refund of the assessment test cost — when applied toward any EST course.

“In my business, working with qualified technicians is the key to success,” says Jim Faber, consultant with WJHW in Dallas. “C-ESTs are an obvious choice when I am looking for quality professionals.”

The well known and highly regarded NSCA has been educating electronic systems professionals for more than two decades. Project EST, though it is not the only initiative supported by the NSCA University, is one of its largest. “C-ESTs represent the highest quality, technical professionals in the industry,” says Chuck Wilson, NSCA executive director. “As technology advances, industry professionals must in turn enhance and validate their technical skills to meet customer demand. Soon the most important people in our industry will be those who can master multiple systems and provide a single solution to the end-user. The C-EST training package has been designed to assess and train technical staff on system installation and service best practices, meanwhile giving them a better chance at successfully completing the C-EST requirements.”

The C-EST exam and accompanying prep training were funded in part by the NSCA Education Foundation through its ongoing Project EST fund-raising efforts. More information may be found at or by contacting NSCA’s certification and registration department at (800) 446-6722.

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

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