ESPA Certified-EST Exam Offered at EHX

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Falls Church, VA -- The Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA) will offer its new one-day review course and certification exam at the Electronic House Expo in Orlando, Florida, this March. The ESPA Certified-EST tests an electronic systems technician (EST) candidate's understanding of industry basics and is a true indicator of whether or not the technician is prepared for an electronic systems career.

As part of the CEDIA University track, the ESPA Certified-EST review course will be held Saturday, March 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The two-hour exam begins that same day at 3:30 p.m. or may be taken at a later date. Both are at the Orlando Convention Center. The one-day review course is aimed at currently employed ESTs that need a refresher to help pass the certification exam.

"In our industry-first-ever survey of electronic systems technicians last month, we found that training opportunities were cited by 69 percent of technicians as somewhat or very important to their job satisfaction," said Grant Mydland, executive director of ESPA. "In fact, 62 percent of technicians said they think that low-voltage certification should be required for their work. This is a clear call by the industry that certification is critical for career success."

The ESPA Certified-EST is aimed at the entry-level technician, providing a set of fundamental best practices common across all tech markets -- structured wiring, distributed audio and video, satellite, theater rooms, lighting, security and life safety systems and automation controls. Because ESPA is open to any and all electronics organizations, it has the potential to become the common denominator for workers seeking technical careers.

Certified-EST covers five key domains: electrical basics; tools; construction methods and materials; wiring and installation practices; and standards, codes, and safety practices. Candidates can register for the course and exam at www.ehxweb.com.

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