The Importance of updating your certification records
Rapid changes in technology and products have also changed the methods used in servicing them. By renewing your ETA certification, you provide verification that as a certified technician, you are keeping up with current technology and enhancing your abilities and knowledge.
In order to comply with ISO 17024 standards, ETA must be able to prove that it can locate and verify the status of each certificate’s holder. Many ETA certified technicians have changed addresses, jobs or locations over the years. ETA requests that you regularly update your contact information, experience and education at least annually. With updated information, ETA can ensure that all ETA certified professionals will receive notification of any changes or updates to the CET program that might affect your certification status. Recertification also helps to keep those records up-to-date. ETA can also provide CET credentials, replacement wall certificates, plaques or wallet cards for a nominal fee. Contact ETA to update your certification records or to request replacement materials.
ETA Certification Renewal and Maintenance Policies
The date in which you first established your certification determines the rules and process you must follow in order to renew or maintain your ETA certification. For more information on the ETA maintenance program, please view the Maintenance Overview. The following rules currently apply to all certified individuals who first received their certifications:
- January 1, 1996 and earlier-ETA established certifications issued before January 1, 1996 as lifetime certifications. Thus, if you received your certification prior to this date, you are not required to renew. However, ETA advises that you renew your certification knowledge and proficiency on a voluntary basis in order to demonstrate your continuing proficiency.
If you would like to show that your skills are up-to-date, then you may enter the maintenance program for $50 with employer verification. You will then maintain your certification for only $25 a year with 10 hours of continuing education (or employer verification).
- Between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 2002-Those receiving their ETA certifications between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 2002 must renew their certifications in four years by retesting the specialty exam, participating in the annual ISO Validation Program (requiring 10 hours of continuing education), or showing 40 hours of continuing education credits. After renewal, certification holders will automatically be entered into the maintenance program to conform to ISO 17024 standards. Certification renewal is $50.
- January 1, 2003 and later-To maintain compliance with ISO 17024, ETA now requires that those receiving their certifications after January 1, 2003 to maintain their certifications on an annual basis. Some certification programs - CSS, Master, CSII/R56, & Cabling (FOI, FOT, FOT-OSP, FOD, DCI) - are not included at this time.
Maintenance Renewal Process
Every year, each certification holder must show 10 hours per year of continuing education credits and/or Employer Verification Form. Certification holders with multiple certifications are only required to pay one maintenance fee but are still required to submit 10 hours each year for each certificate.
What Qualifies for Continuing Education / Certification Maintenance?
In order to receive continuing education credits toward maintaining your ETA certification, you must acquire ten (10) contact hours per year to enhance your current skills and knowledge in your field. You must submit these hours annually to ETA’s headquarters for verification in order to receive credit toward your certification maintenance. When validating your continuing education, list the topic, location, sponsor and date(s).
There are a number of ways to acquire continuing education credits, including:
- Education credits
- Graduation certificates
- College credit transcripts
- Electronics technician training sessions or courses (completion certificate required)
- Association- or manufacturer/supplier-sponsored conferences or seminars (receipt required)
- Military electronics training classes
- Publication of technical article or research
- Submit an article for ETA's The High-Tech News magazine. Email the Editor for more informaiton at email@example.com
- eITPrep online self-study courses
- Work experience in a related field
Some types of classes may not contain sufficient material to qualify for full credit toward continuing education. In those cases, ETA will give individuals a lesser credit for these classes, subject to evaluation.
Certification Maintenance Fees
The certification maintenance fee is $25 per year. Each annual certification maintenance fee comes with a 12-month ETA Membership. Each renewal must have educational credits and/or documentation on the Employer Verification portion of the Maintenance form.
Certification Maintenance Forms
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Additional Certification Maintenance Information
The Associate CET And EM5 Modules Are Now 4 Year Renewals
- The renewable term of the Associate CET and 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 Associate CET and 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 Associate CET and 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.
Renewals for Associate and EM5 Modules before October 21, 2013
The CETa certification was previously valid for two years from date of issue. Unexpired CETa’s will be put in the maintenance program upon request. Fees for the renewable CETa are as follows:
- $25.00 due on 1 year anniversary of certification along with either employer verification or continuing education
- $25.00 due on 2nd year anniversary of certification along with either employer verification or continuing education. At this time a new certificate will be issued with a four year expiration date.
- $50.00 due if a two year CETa has expired, but is not expired beyond the two year grace period. This individual may renew the CETa by paying the renewal fee and showing either an employer verification or continuing education.
The CETa will then be renewed for another four years with a maintenance fee due every year on the anniversary date of the certification, along with either an employer verification or proof of continuing education. If maintenance fees have not been made over the four year life of the certification the individuals will have the option of catching up maintenance fees and showing either employer verification or continuing education. The CETa may retest at the current fee to renew the expired certification.
The maintenance fees for out-of-country are currently $45.00 US funds per year.
Renew/Maintain Your Certification(s)
Notification Of Renewal
Renewal letters are sent out to certification holders 6 months prior to expiration and should be renewed within that time period. ETA will grant a 90-day grace period from the date of expiration to allow those actively employed to renew their certifications without retesting. After the 90-days, they will be required to retake the hands-on course as well as retest.
Methods to Qualify for Renewal:
- If you have been working in the industry that pertains to your certification, then you will need to have your supervisor complete the Employer Verification Form and show proof you have received 24 hours of continuing education or retest to renew your certification.
- If you have not been working in the industry that pertains to your certification since you obtained the certification, then you will be required to attend an ETA approved hands-on refresher course and show proof of 24 hours continuing education or retest to renew your certification.
*Renewal letters are sent out to certification holders 6 months prior to expiration and should be renewed within that time period. ETA will grant a 90-day grace period from the date of expiration to allow those actively employed to renew their certifications without retesting. After the 90-days, they will be required to retake the hands-on course as well as retest.
What Type of Training Counts?
ETA's Approved Schools provide the training classes or courses that qualify an individual for their original certification. Look to these quality training providers if you require an exam for certification. These schools will also provide refresher courses to those who have not remained active to bring their knowledge and hands-on skills up to today's standards. Successful completion of training and continuing education can be validated by listing the course topic, location, date and sponsor. You should send any continuing education credits, registration lists, transcripts, graduation certificates, college credit copies or affidavits affirming successful participation at training sessions directly to ETA at the time that their renewal is due.
Full Credit: In addition to credit hours for classes taken at any of ETA's Approved Schools, full credit will be given for continuing credit hours taken under BICSI's RCDD (Registered Communications Distribution Designer) program.
Partial Credit: Some types of classes may not contain sufficient material to qualify for full credit although the material has value. ETA will give a lesser credit for these classes, subject to evaluation.
If an individual has been working in the aerospace fiber optic industry as a fiber optic installer, fabricator, quality assurance, or technician since obtaining certification and can provide written documentation from the employer(s), a recertification exam is required.
If an individual has been working in the aerospace fiber optic industry as an (AFI) fiber optic installer, (AFF) fabricator, quality assurance, or (AFT) technician since obtaining certification and have received 8 or more classroom hours of additional aerospace fiber optic training, only the submission of a recertification application is required. Written documentation from the employer(s) and written documentation for additional training must be included with the re-certification application.
If an individual has not been working in the aerospace fiber optic industry as a fiber optic installer, fabricator, quality assurance, or technician since obtaining certification, the individual will be required to attend an approved aerospace fiber optic course to re-certify.
Printable ARINC Recertification Form
Printable ARINC Instructor Recertification Form
All persons performing the job defined by their certification for at least 60% of a full-time employee work year will renew their certification annually through the submission of a proficiency verification affidavit. Proficiency verification affidavits will be completed by the employer and submitted to the ETA for renewal.
All certifications will be good for one year from the date of the knowledge and hands-on examinations. All persons not performing the job defined by their certification for at least 60% of a full-time employee work year must re-certify. Persons failing the re-certification practical evaluation must complete certification training as defined in section 6.3.