Approval of training for technicians is not something that should be done solely by educators who work mostly with the theoretical side of the field being critiqued. It should also not be done by those with a direct interest in the course providers. It should be done by a legitimate 3rd party - composed of experts in the field; practitioners and educators at all levels. ETA has a network of more than 600 Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in place to assist with course and text reviews. ETA's Subject Matter Experts span all of the fields of certification available through ETA.
Today, with many governmental agencies (at all levels) looking to validate their educational processes, the need for recognition has become a mandate. Some states now use ETA certification as 3rd party final exams for electronics course students, but the process is not yet complete. A more formal program of validation is still needed. School systems are requiring the educational institutions to prove that their training actually is giving the student his or her money’s worth. They want proof that the time and money spent in learning this profession will pay off with a good career after graduation.
ETA has instituted a program to answer this call for help. We currently have over 1,000 Certification Administrators along with our 600 Subject Matter Experts. Because of this extensive network, ETA is in a position of being accountable to industry for reliable test results. ETA serves in its capacity as a 3rd party to technical education, providing a way for school systems to validate their courses. ETA is meeting these industry and educational needs.