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Motorola LogoETA offers both proprietary and non-proprietary certifications for Motorola technicians and Service Stations. Motorola 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 USMSS-Motorola Service Stations (USMSS) 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 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 USMSS certification programs, as well as to help identify Motorola-specific resources for testing.

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Coming Soon

Both the IP Simulcast Site Technician and MCC 7000 Console System Technician are coming soon. Please refer to the Motorola Training Catalog for more information.

Retired Certifications

The Radio Network Administrator (RNA 7.x) and CENTRACOM Gold Elite Console System Technician (CTT) certifications have been retired.

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 ASTRO® 25 Series Certifications

M Core Technician (MCT 7.x)

  • Motorola employees and Affiliates are eligible for the required course.
  • Exam/Hands-On are online only.  Exams are not available at Schaumburg.
  • 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 class before attempting the exam again.
  • Certification is valid for four years.
  • Not eligible for maintenance, and 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 or GTR 8000 Repeater Site 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
Renewal / Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 75
Time Allowed to Test: 4 hours

GTR 8000 Repeater Site Technician (GTT)

  • Motorola employees and Affiliates are eligible for the required course.
  • Exam/Hands-On are online only. Exams are not available at Schaumburg.
  • 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 class and take the exam again.
  • Certification is valid for four years.
  • Not eligible for maintenance, and 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 M Core or GTR 8000 Repeater Site training course is mandatory.

GTT Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $330
Type of Certification: Stand-Alone
Renewal / Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 50
Time Allowed to Test: 4 hours

Other Motorola Certifications

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


Communication Site Installation Inspector (CSII)

  • Only Motorola employees and Affiliates invited by Motorola authorization are eligible.
  • Must complete a Motorola Communications Site Installation Inspector (R56) training course.
  • Examination must be taken within a year of taking the required training course.
  • If the 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. The CSII will not be issued without the Associate CET to attain the Journeyman Option.
  • Not eligible for the maintenance program and Course/Exam must be retaken after expiration.
  • Additional CSII (R56 Auditor) information will be updated and available soon.

  • Renewal of CSII Certification
    The training for CSII provided by Motorola Solutions Inc is currently being updated.
    They have contacted ETA International and requested that the R56 and CSII certifications expiring during 2014 and 2015 be extended through December 2015. Once the updating process has been completed anyone wishing to renew their certification will be require to attend the updated R56 class prior to attempting the updated exam. Certifications that expire in 2016 or later are not affected by this policy, you will renew your certification on schedule.
    • Anyone that renewed their certification during 2014 will not be required to attend the updated class until their certification expires. 
    • Since a majority of the information is still valid, the MSI Learning Organization will continue to offer the R56 class and exam as a convenience to service partners that have a need for their employees to obtain this knowledge.

CSII Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $100
Type of Certification:
Renewal / Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 120
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Communication Site Installer (R56)

  • Motorola employees and Affiliates only (unless invited and Motorola authorization given).
  • Must complete a Motorola Communications Site Installer (R56) training course. Provide written evidence of having attended the instructor-led Motorola Site Installation Practices Workshop.
  • 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 under special circumstances. Contact your local Motorola Account Representative and/or Customer Support Manager or ETA.
  • Examination must be taken within a year of taking 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 exam is not passed (75%) by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class and take the exam again.
  • Not eligible for the maintenance program and Course/Exam must be retaken after expiration.
  • Offsite R56 class schedule
  • Renewal of R56 Certification
    The training for R56 provided by Motorola Solutions Inc is currently being updated.
    They have contacted ETA International and requested that the R56 and CSII certifications expiring during 2014 and 2015 be extended through December 2015. Once the updating process has been completed anyone wishing to renew their certification will be require to attend the updated R56 class prior to attempting the updated exam. Certifications that expire in 2016 or later are not affected by this policy, you will renew your certification on schedule.
    • Anyone that renewed their certification during 2014 will not be required to attend the updated class until their certification expires. 
    • Since a majority of the information is still valid, the MSI Learning Organization will continue to offer the R56 class and exam as a convenience to service partners that have a need for their employees to obtain this knowledge.

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.

R56 Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $100
Type of Certification: or
Stand-Alone
Renewal / Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 110
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Antenna Systems Analysis (ASA)

  • Motorola employees and Affiliates only (unless specifically invited).
  • Must complete the Motorola Antenna System Analysis Using a Frequency Domain Reflectometer training course.
  • Must have attained the Associate CET (CETa) plus the Wireless Communications (WCM) or USMSS-Motorola Service Stations (USMSS) certifications.  Must be Journeyman-certified.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 USMSS certifications.

Price (Theory/Practical): $100
Type of Certification:
Renewal / Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 100
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 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 the Associate CET.
  • Must have attained the Associate CET (CETa) certification.
  • 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.
  • Must be renewed through the Maintenance program.

RFSIT Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $100
Type of Certification:
Renewal / Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 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 the Associate CET.
  • Must be renewed through the Maintenance program.

LV Exam Info

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

GTR 8000 P25 RF Site Performance Verification (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 only available as an ETA Stand-Alone certification; not to be confused with the Stand-Alone type of GTR 8000 hardware platform.
  • The exam must be passed by 75%.

GTR-SPV Exam Info

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

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