Recognizing the need to verify that fellow electronics technicians had sufficient training in industry standards, including troubleshooting techniques, knowledge of test equipment, and installation procedures, ETA began providing third-party assessment through its own certification programs in 1978. Aligning with the ISO 17024 standards, and collaborating with education providers and industry professionals, ETA certifications test the knowledge and hands-on skills needed in today’s electronics industry. ETA currently offers Stand-Alone Certifications and Journeyman Certifications for more than 80 certification programs in all electronics-related fields, and is accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC).
ETA tests and certifies thousands of technicians and industry specialists each year. ETA has its own Board of Directors, more than 600 Subject Matter Experts serving on various certification advisory committees, a professional certification administration staff, State Representatives, and more than 1,000 Certification Administrators who proctor ETA exams. ETA actively supports training and education through the development of study guides and seminars, as well as working with a large number of ETA-approved schools and courses.
An ETA certification signifies that the holder has demonstrated professional proficiency and has the technical knowledge and skill to meet international electronics industry standards. Our certification programs are non-discriminatory, portable, objective, and reasonably priced, setting ETA apart from other manufacturer and product-related certifications.
ETA is accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC). ICAC is an alliance of organizations dedicated to assuring competency, professional management, and service to the public by encouraging and setting standards for licensing, certification, and credentialing programs.
ICAC itself operates under the international guidelines established as a quality assurance regime for accreditation bodies (ISO/IEC 17011 – Conformity Assessment: General Requirements for Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Conformity Assessment Bodies), and has established assessment tools and processes that assure certification bodies are in compliance with ISO/IEC 17024 (2012): Conformity Assessment – General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons. By having ICAC accreditation, ETA can assure their certifications have been reviewed by a neutral third party and been found to meet or exceed reasonable levels of record keeping, security, objectivity, and professionalism.