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Motorola and Motorola Solutions LogosETA offers both proprietary and non-proprietary certifications for Motorola and Channel Partner technicians. Motorola Solutions recommends that all technicians take the basic electronics Associate Certified Electronics Technician (CETa) - designated as CESa in Canada - exam prior to obtaining any of these certifications.

Many technicians are also choosing to achieve the full Journeyman-level CET (designated as CES in Canada) status by taking either the Wireless Communications (WCM) or the TRN Wireless Communications Technician (TRN) certification. Others have gone on to attain Senior Status (CETsr) or even Master Status (CETma) level CET certification.

Please note that all examinees must register for training through Motorola Solutions for the Hands-On portion of the exams. ETA does not provide training. The written portion can be taken at one of ETA's many test sites around the world.

ETA has provided this page to help answer some of the most commonly asked questions about Motorola certification programs, as well as to help identify Motorola-specific resources for examination testing.



Retired Motorola Certifications

  • The Radio Network Administrator (RNA)
  • Radio Systems Technician (RST)
  • CENTRACOM Gold Elite Console System Technician (CCT)
  • MCC5500 Dispatch Console Technician (MCC55)
  • CENTRACOM Gold Elite System Console Tech (Centracom)
  • Quantar Repeater Site Tech (QRST)
  • Wireless Broadband Value Adder Reseller Mobile (Wibb VVAR)
  • Fixed and Mobile Motorola Wireless Field Engineer (MWFE)
  • Motorola Wireless Systems Engineer (MWSE)
  • Motorola Wireless Systems Administrator (MWSA)
  • Motorola Wireless Systems Technician (MWST)

ASTRO® 25 Series Registration

Registration is now being taken through the Motorola LMS system. You may register for one of these sessions at http://learning.motorolasolutions.com. Motorola Technicians who take the ASTRO® 25 Series as a Stand-Alone are not yet required to take the Associate CET exam.  The ASTRO® 25 series cannot be earned at a Journeyman level due to the RNA and Console certification retirements.


Motorola ASTRO® 25 Series Certifications

M Core Technician (MCT 7.x)

  • Motorola employees and affiliates are eligible for the required ASTRO® 25 IV&D M CORE WORKSHOP course.
  • Exam/Practical Hands-On are online only.  Exams are not available at the course training site.
  • Passing score is 80% and there is a three hour time limit.
  • If the exam is not passed by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola ASTRO® 25 IV&D M CORE WORKSHOP class before attempting the exam again.
  • Certification is valid for four years, and not eligible for maintenance.
  • The current M Core certification exam must be retaken at or after expiration (90 day grace).
  • If the recertification exam is not passed by the first attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class to take the exam again, which will be the free retake.
  • Does not count towards Master CET status.

Motorola Technicians who take the ASTRO® 25 Series as a Stand-Alone are not yet required to take the Associate CET exam.  Attendance of the corresponding ASTRO® 25 M Core training course is mandatory.

MCT Exam Info

Prior experience with an ASTRO® 25 7.x radio system is strongly recommended as a prerequisite to the certification. The most recent radio system update is the standard.

Price (Theory/Practical): $330
Type of Certification: Stand-Alone
Maintenance Required: No
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 100
Passing Score: 80%
Time Allowed to Test: 3 hours

GTR 8000 Repeater Site Technician (GTT)

  • Motorola employees and affiliates are eligible for the required ASTRO® 25 IV&D GTR 8000 REPEATER SITE WORKSHOP course.
  • Exam/Practical Hands-On are online only. Exams are not available at the course training site.
  • Passing score is 80% and there is a three hour time limit.
  • If the exam is not passed by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola ASTRO® 25 IV&D GTR 8000 REPEATER SITE WORKSHOP class and take the exam again.
  • Certification is valid for four years, and not eligible for maintenance.
  • The current GTR 8000 Repeater Site certification exam must be retaken after expiration (90 day grace).
  • If the recertification exam is not passed by the first attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class and take the exam again, which will be the free retake.
  • Does not count towards Master CET status.

Motorola Technicians who take the ASTRO® 25 Series as a Stand-Alone are not yet required to take the Associate CET exam.  Attendance of the corresponding ASTRO® 25 GTR 8000 Repeater Site training course is mandatory.

GTT Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $330
Type of Certification: Stand-Alone
Maintenance Required: No
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 65
Passing Score: 80%
Time Allowed to Test: 3 hours

Motorola Communication Site Certifications

Communication Site Installer (R56)

  • Motorola employees and affiliates only unless Motorola Solutions authorization given for attendance.
  • Must complete a Motorola Solutions COMMUNICATIONS SITE INSTALLATION PRACTICES WORKSHOP (R56) training course. Provide written evidence of having attended the instructor-led Motorola Solutions Site Installation Practices Workshop.
  • The NEW NST925 training course is offered mainly at the Motorola training facility in Schaumburg, IL. The class schedule can be accessed via your Motorola Online account.
  • Training course may be offered in the field (NEW RTW050) under special circumstances. Contact your local Motorola Account Representative and/or Customer Support Manager or ETA International.
  • Examination must be taken within a year of completing the required training course.
  • Can be taken as an ETA Stand-Alone or Journeyman Option (w/ Associate CET (CETa)) for the certified R56.
  • If the initial R56 exam is not passed (75%) by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class and take the exam again.
  • R56 certification is valid for four years and not eligible for maintenance.
  • Recertification of R56 Certification
    The training for R56 provided by Motorola Solutions has been updated along with the manual. R56 recertification procedures are outlined on page 2 of the COMMUNICATION SITE INSTALLER (R56) PREPARATION GUIDE. Completion of the full NST925/RTW050 course is required.    
    • Anyone that renewed their R56 certification during 2013-2015 will not be required to attend the updated class until their certification four year term is complete. 
    • Anyone that renewed their R56 certification during the last two quarters of 2012 should schedule their NST925-5 one-day instructor led course and begin study for the new recertification exam.
    • Anyone who let their R56 certification expire (earned prior to March 2012) should consider the full NST925/RTW050 course. You will qualify for the recertification with the NST9525-5, but you may not be fully knowledgeable of all of the updated standards and practices. Your R56 will recertify, but the new date earned will take precedence. You will have a lapse period between expiration and re-certification.

If you hold a Standalone R56 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

R56 Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $100
Type of Certification: or
Stand-Alone
Maintenance Required: No
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 112
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Communication Site Installation Inspector (CSII)

  • Only Motorola employees and affiliates invited by Motorola authorization are eligible.
  • Must complete a Motorola Solutions Communications Site Installation Practice Workshop Inspector (R56 with auditor details) training course.
  • Examination must be taken within a year of completing the required training course.
  • If the initial CSII exam is not passed (75%) by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class and take the exam again.
  • Must have attained the Associate CET (CETa) certification as a prerequisite. The CSII will not be issued without the Associate CET to attain the Journeyman Option.
  • Certification is valid for four years and not eligible for the maintenance. Course/Exam must be retaken at expiration.
  • Additional CSII (R56 Auditor) information will be updated and available soon.

  • Recertification of CSII Certification
    The training for CSII provided by Motorola Solutions is currently being updated. Until more detailed CSII information is available, please review the updated R56 information.
    R56 recertification procedures are outlined on page 2 of the COMMUNICATION SITE INSTALLER (R56) PREPARATION GUIDE. Completion of either the full NST925/RTW050 course as described above or the NEW R56 STANDARDS UPDATE 2016 COURSE = NST925-5 are required. The NST925-5 course can be found online or the one-day instructor led course is suggested.
    • Anyone that renewed their CSII certification during 2013-2015 will not be required to attend the updated class until their certification four year term is complete. 
    • Anyone that renewed their CSII certification during the last two quarters of 2012 should schedule their NST925-5 one-day instructor led course and begin study for the new recertification exam along with contacting Schaumburg concerning CSII details.
    • Anyone who let their CSII certification expire (earned prior to March 2012) should consider the full NST925/RTW050 course. You may qualify for the recertification with the NST9525-5, but you may not be fully knowledgeable of all of the updated standards and practices. Your CSII will recertify, but the new date earned will take precedence. You will have a lapse period between expiration and re-certification. Please contact Schaumburg for more details.

CSII Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $100
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required: No
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 120
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Other Motorola Certifications

ETA also offers the following tests for Motorola technicians, Motorola Solutions representatives, and those with an Associate CET (CETa) attempting to achieve ETA International Journeyman Certified Electronics Technician (CET) status. Tests can be used as the journeyman portion of the knowledge test.


Antenna Systems Analysis (ASA)

  • Motorola employees and affiliates only unless specifically invited.
  • Must complete the MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS ANTENNA SYSTEM ANALYSIS USING A FREQUENCY DOMAIN REFLECTOMETER training course.
  • Must have attained the Associate CET (CETa) plus the Wireless Communications (WCM) or TRN Wireless Communications Technician (TRN) certifications.  The technician must be Journeyman-certified or become Journeyman certified before the ASA certification can be issued.
  • This Frequency Domain Reflectometer (FDR) certification includes a hands-on verification of modern FDR equipment usage and a written exam that must be passed with a score of 75%.
  • Examination must be taken within a year of completing the required training course.
  • If the exam is not passed by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class and take the exam again.
  • Must be renewed through the Maintenance program.

ASA Exam Info

The PREREQUISITES for the ASA are the Associate CET (CETa) and Wireless Communications (WCM) or TRN Wireless Communications Technician (TRN) certifications.

Price (Theory/Practical): $100
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 100
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

RF Signal Investigation Techniques (RFSIT)

  • Motorola employees only unless specifically invited.
  • Motorola technologists and engineers who have completed the the MOTOROLA RF SIGNAL INVESTIGATION TECHNIQUES USING A SPECTRUM ANALYZER training course are eligible to sit for the exam.
  • This spectrum analysis certification includes a hands-on verification of modern spectrum analyzer equipment usage and a written exam that must be passed with a score of 75% or higher.
  • Journeyman Option only. The RFSIT will not be issued without having attained the Associate CET (CETa) certification.
  • Examination must be taken within a year of completing the required training course.
  • If the exam is not passed by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class and take the exam again.
  • Must be maintained through the Maintenance program.

RFSIT Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $100
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

T1 Link Verification (LV)

  • Must complete the T1 Link Verification training course.
  • Examination must be taken within a year of taking the required training course.
  • If the exam is not passed by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class and take the exam again.
  • Journeyman Option only. The T1 will not be issued without having attained the Associate CET (CETa) certification.
  • Must be maintained through the Maintenance program.

LV Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $100
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

GTR 8000 P25 RF Site Performance Verification (GSPV / GTR-SPV)

  • Motorola employees and affiliates only unless invited and Motorola authorization given.
  • Must have prior experience with ASTRO25 GTR 8000 P25 base radio sites and equipment.
  • Applicable two-day GTR 8000 P25 RF Site Performance Verification procedure training course is available but not mandatory. Contact your local Motorola Account Representative and/or Customer Support Manager.
  • Is available as an ETA Journeyman or Stand-Alone certification; not to be confused with the Stand-Alone type of GTR 8000 hardware platform.
  • The exam must authorized by Motorola Solutions.

GSPV / GTR-SPV Exam Info

Prior experience with GTR 8000 P25 base radio sites and equipment is strongly recommended as a prerequisite to the certification. Associate CET (CETa) certification is not required for this exam.

Price (Theory/Practical): $100
Type of Certification: or
Stand-Alone
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 100
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours