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Basic Electronics Certifications

ETA offers four basic electronics certifications. These certifications are the building blocks of the ETA certification program and the basis for the Journeyman certifications.

Basic Electronics Exams:

Associate Electronics Technician (CETa)
The Associate Level certification called the Associate Certified Electronics Technician - designated as the Certified Electronics Specialist (CES) in Canada. The Associate certification is designed for technicians who have less than two years experience or trade school training for electronics technicians. All Certified Electronics Technicians must pass the Associate exam before they can qualify to sit for the full Journeyman certification. Once a technician has completed the two year program they should also take a journeyman option. Purchase the Associate CET Study Guide to help study for the exam!

As of October 21, 2013, the Associate CET certification is now a 4 year certification, and is a part of the maintenance program.

The adopted renewal policy of the Associate CET is as follows:

  • The renewable term of the Associate CET will now be four years.
  • During that time an individual will obtain continuing education credits totaling ten hours per year for a total of 40 hrs over the term of the certification or will provide employer verification that they continue to work in electronics.  That combined with the updating of contact information will constitute renewal for the Associate CET.
  • The processing fee for the certification maintenance will be $25 per year and an ETA membership will be included with the certification maintenance.
  • If the four year term for the Associate CET is exceeded without renewal by certification maintenance, and the certification expires, then the individual will be required to retake the current version of the examination and will then again be eligible for the certification maintenance.

Student Electronics Technician (SET) / View SET Hands-On Practicals
The Student Electronics Technician Certification is aimed for High School students. It allows high school students and entry level technicians, with minimal training, the opportunity to earn a basic beginners certification. The Student Electronics Technician also has an optional Hands-On component that can be used as a part of the training process.

Apprentice (APP) (Can not be taken in place of the Associate CET)
The telecommunication Apprentice certification program is designed to measure the knowledge of basic direct and alternating current theory as well as basic technical mathematics necessary to start a training program in telecommunications. It is targeted towards those who wish to pursue a technical career in the telecommunications industry and want to demonstrate their ability and knowledge to benefit from an in-company or company sponsored technical training program.

Electronics Modules (EM1-5)

The Electronics Modules program is based on ETA’s Associate level certification, divided into five modules. The purpose of this is to align with a growing portion of the electronics education industry that is charged with providing electronics training that does not include the total content of traditional Basic Electronics courses. In some instances, technical institutions are asked to provide training in only certain areas of electronics. This is so companies that need only narrower skills and knowledge (than one expects of a complete Associate CET) can employ workers who have required knowledge and skills for only the technology and processes they currently use at that company. To provide a path for the technician leading to the Associate CET credential, the five BASIC modules of the AST can be acquired individually. Once a technician attains all five module certifications, ETA will issue an official Associate certification (all five must be passed within a two-year period). The technician may also choose to gain only those modules needed in order to be employable. The Electronics Modules are also a great retention tool.



As of October 21, 2013, the EM5 modules certifications are now 4 year certifications, and are a part of the maintenance program.

The adopted renewal policy of the EM5 modules is as follows:

  • The renewable term of the EM5 modules will now be four years.
  • During that time an individual will obtain continuing education credits totaling ten hours per year for a total of 40 hrs over the term of the certification or will provide employer verification that they continue to work in electronics.  That combined with the updating of contact information will constitute renewal for the the EM modules.
  • The processing fee for the certification maintenance will be $25 per year and an ETA membership will be included with the certification maintenance.
  • If the four year term for the EM5 modules is exceeded without renewal by certification maintenance, and the certification expires, then the individual will be required to retake the current version of the examination and will then again be eligible for the certification maintenance.

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