Taking an ETA Certification Exam

Why Choose ETA® International?

Founded in 1978, ETA represents many different technical areas, from the technician and educator to the corporate institution.

Widely known for our vendor-neutral programs, and accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC), ETA helps you validate your knowledge and excel in your field.

ETA has issued over 200,000 technical certifications covering more than 80 certification programs in a variety of technology fields. You can find ETA-certified professionals working for many well-known companies such as Motorola, Google, ESPN, and the United States Armed Forces.

ACCREDITED.

Don't get your certification from a business that is run out of a basement. ETA technical certifications are accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC).

Prepare For An Exam

Do you need study materials for your certification exam? ETA offers many of the suggested study materials (listed at the end of each of our competencies) in the ETA online store. If you don't see the specific book you are looking for, then please check online or at your local bookstore.

ETA understands each individual is different in regards to their experiences, education, and skill sets. That's why ETA does not require examinees to purchase study materials. By knowing the topics listed on the corresponding competency, an examinee can feel confident that they will succeed on the exam.

ETA publishes two books in-house for the popular Associate CET (CETa) basic electronics and Customer Service Specialist (CSS) workforce readiness certifications. Each of these study guides are written by industry professionals, and feature chapter quizzes and practice exams. ETA members receive a discount on the ETA study guides. Bulk discounts are also available.

Take An Exam

Once you have decided which ETA certification exam(s) you need to take, you will need to find an ETA test site near you to take the exam by using the ETA CA Locator.

Decide whether to take the exam online with Trapeza, ETA's online testing site, or on paper. A Certification Administrator must be present no matter which method of testing you select. You will then need to schedule a time to take the exam with your chosen Certification Administrator.

As provided for under the ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act), if you require special accommodations in order to complete the certification process, then please notify your Certification Administrator when scheduling your exam.

Maintaining Your Certification

Rapid changes in technology and products have also changed the methods used in servicing them. ETA supports certification maintenance and aligns to the ISO 17024 standard. Certification maintenance is also required by ETA's accrediting body, the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC).

By maintaining your ETA certification, you provide verification that as a certified technician, you are keeping up with current technology and enhancing your abilities and knowledge.





Get Your Course Approved

Approval of training for technicians is not something that should be done solely by educators or by those with a direct interest in the course providers. It should be done by a legitimate third party - composed of experts in the field; practitioners and educators at all levels. Find out how to have your course approved.

Become A Member

Join the thousands of students, professionals and institutions worldwide who have become involved in the premier not-for-profit professional trade organization for technical professionals. Whether it is getting discounts on popular study materials, staying up-to-date on industry topics, or connecting with your peers, ETA is there for you. Learn more about ETA membership.

Become A Certification Administrator

ETA continually strives to make its exam testing sites easily accessible for examinees who wish to take one of ETA's 80+ certification exams. ETA currently has over 1,000 exam administrators at colleges, businesses, trade schools, and military bases throughout the world. If you are an educator or trainer, then find out how to offer ETA certifications through your organization.

Additional ETA Certifications

Audio-Video Forensic Analyst (AVFA)

An Audio Video Forensic Analyst’s task is to improve the perceived audio or visual clarity of a digital recording. An AVFA also comprehends the limitations of technology and the opinions that can be formed. However, AVFA work will also include measurements, cross referencing data, and handling everything in accordance with the highest ethics in preparation of your expert testimony in the service of justice. An AVFA will be expected to understand industry best practices, stay atop innovative peer-reviewed technologies and methods, maintain data integrity through the use of hash values and/or chain-of-custody control, keep detailed notes of activity, adapt existing knowledge to unexpected circumstances, and follow the procedures of the rules of evidence applicable to the jurisdiction of the case working solely for the evidence.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

AVFA Exam Info

Price: $100
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 100
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Avionics (AVN)

The avionics specialty is designed to assess the knowledge and skills of individuals who install, maintain and adjust electronics equipment, cabling and the accessories used in aviation communications and control equipment. An FCC GROL is also highly recommended. Several of the topics covered in this examination include: avionics systems, cabling, computers and digital concepts, amplifiers, interfacing, antennas and transmission lines components, mathematics, network topologies and infrastructures, people relations, optical cabling, safety, test equipment and tools, and satellite communications.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

AVN Exam Info

Price: $75
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Commercial Audio Technician (CAT)

The Commercial Audio Technician (CAT) is a certification for sound system technicians who need to design, install and troubleshoot speech and music sound systems in commercial and institutional environments. Commercial Audio Technicians must be knowledgeable in acoustics, microphones, speakers, sound & measurements, wiring, 70-volt systems, troubleshooting, safety, codes and standards.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

CAT Exam Info

Price: $75
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 100
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Digital Video Editor (DVE)

Digital video editing is experiencing an unprecedented boom with a worldwide increase of not only professional digital editing, but the melding of amateur and professional video into a product available through the Internet and many social media venues.ETA is proud to announce a new vendor-neutral exam and certification for Digital Video Editor (DVE), created for all media professionals working with digital videos. Many video editor positions may not require a degree or extensive training, however professional video editors will need the knowledge of industry standards and the skills necessary to meet the demands of this growing field. Examinees will be required to know both audio and video fundamentals, screen formats, digital video formats and fundamentals, digital data rates, and fundamental video editing processes. Customer service basics are also covered in regards to schedule requirements, progress reporting, production and transmission costs, and hardware and software requirements for video editing.

Employment of film and video editors and camera operators is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Production companies and video freelancers are working with new content delivery methods, such as mobile devices or through online TV, which may lead to more work for editors and camera operators. 2016 Median pay was $59,040 per year. - Bureau of Labor Statistics


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

DVE Exam Info

Price: $100
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Gaming and Vending Technician (GVT)

The gaming and vending technician certification is intended for entry-level technicians with a sound background in electronics. Technicians will work in the field to troubleshoot, repair and calibrate gaming and vending type equipment. Money handling, basic electrical, circuitry, computer hardware and software, and safety are topics included in this certification. The GVT is a stand-alone certification and must be maintained every 4 years.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

GVT Exam Info

Price: $100
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Industrial Electronics (IND)

Industrial journeyman-level electronics technicians are expected to obtain knowledge of industrial electronics basic concepts, which are then applicable to all the various specialty areas of industry. Industrial Electronics Technicians must be knowledgeable and have abilities in the following technical and human relations areas: amplifiers, optical wiring, block diagrams-schematics, power supplies, test equipment-tools, mathematics, computers-digital concepts, safety, satellite-wireless-data, communications, cabling, troubleshooting, motors, programmable logic controllers, and software.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

IND Exam Info

Price: $75
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Radio Frequency Identification Technical Specialist (RFID)

This certification is intended for an electronics technician with an understanding of RFID. The technician should have a basic understanding of the hardware and theory of operation of radio communications as it applies to RFID radio transceiver technology. RFID is a stand-alone but can be used as a Journeyman option when the Associate exam is also taken and passed.

If you hold a Stand-Alone RFID and later complete the Associate CET (CETa), then you are eligible to upgrade to a Journeyman CET! To apply for the Journeyman CET, you must have two or more years of combined work and electronics training. To upgrade, please fill out the Journeyman CET upgrade form. Journeyman upgrades are $50.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

RFID Exam Info

Price: $100
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours