Taking an ETA Certification Exam

Why Choose ETA® International?

Founded in 1978, ETA represents many different technical areas, from the technician and educator to the corporate institution.

Widely known for our vendor-neutral programs, and accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC), ETA helps you validate your knowledge and excel in your field.

ETA has issued over 200,000 technical certifications covering more than 80 certification programs in a variety of technology fields. You can find ETA-certified professionals working for many well-known companies such as Motorola, Google, ESPN, and the United States Armed Forces.

ACCREDITED.

Don't get your certification from a business that is run out of a basement. ETA technical certifications are accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC).

Prepare For An Exam

Do you need study materials for your certification exam? ETA offers many of the suggested study materials (listed at the end of each of our competencies) in the ETA online store. If you don't see the specific book you are looking for, then please check online or at your local bookstore.

ETA understands each individual is different in regards to their experiences, education, and skill sets. That's why ETA does not require examinees to purchase study materials. By knowing the topics listed on the corresponding competency, an examinee can feel confident that they will succeed on the exam.

ETA publishes two books in-house for the popular Associate CET (CETa) basic electronics and Customer Service Specialist (CSS) workforce readiness certifications. Each of these study guides are written by industry professionals, and feature chapter quizzes and practice exams. ETA members receive a discount on the ETA study guides. Bulk discounts are also available.

Take An Exam

Once you have decided which ETA certification exam(s) you need to take, you will need to find an ETA test site near you to take the exam by using the ETA CA Locator.

Decide whether to take the exam online with Trapeza, ETA's online testing site, or on paper. A Certification Administrator must be present no matter which method of testing you select. You will then need to schedule a time to take the exam with your chosen Certification Administrator.

As provided for under the ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act), if you require special accommodations in order to complete the certification process, then please notify your Certification Administrator when scheduling your exam.

Maintaining Your Certification

Rapid changes in technology and products have also changed the methods used in servicing them. ETA supports certification maintenance and aligns to the ISO 17024 standard. Certification maintenance is also required by ETA's accrediting body, the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC).

By maintaining your ETA certification, you provide verification that as a certified technician, you are keeping up with current technology and enhancing your abilities and knowledge.





Get Your Course Approved

Approval of training for technicians is not something that should be done solely by educators or by those with a direct interest in the course providers. It should be done by a legitimate third party - composed of experts in the field; practitioners and educators at all levels. Find out how to have your course approved.

Become A Member

Join the thousands of students, professionals and institutions worldwide who have become involved in the premier not-for-profit professional trade organization for technical professionals. Whether it is getting discounts on popular study materials, staying up-to-date on industry topics, or connecting with your peers, ETA is there for you. Learn more about ETA membership.

Become A Certification Administrator

ETA continually strives to make its exam testing sites easily accessible for examinees who wish to take one of ETA's 80+ certification exams. ETA currently has over 1,000 exam administrators at colleges, businesses, trade schools, and military bases throughout the world. If you are an educator or trainer, then find out how to offer ETA certifications through your organization.

ETA Renewable Energy Certifications

Electric Vehicle Technician (EVT)

Electric Vehicle Technicians work on vehicles powered solely by electricity. They perform routine maintenance like other mechanics; however, Electric Vehicle Technicians must have extensive knowledge of how lithium-ion batteries and automotive systems interact. In addition, they may replace hydraulically assisted systems with electric–powered systems, such as power-steering pumps or air-conditioning compressors, to improve fuel economy.

Certification is for individuals interested in attaining training from an ETA® International approved EV school. In this program students will develop skills in safety, troubleshooting and repairing of Electric Vehicles. Due to the high voltage (300 VDC and above) and safety issues involved, technicians are required to receive specialized training in both knowledge and hands-on skill items.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

EVT Exam Info

Price: $200
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 100
Passing Score: 75%
Passing Score for Safety Portion: 100%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Photovoltaic Installer - Level 1 (PVI1)

The Photovoltaic Installer - Level 1 certification provides assessments in solar system installations. Individuals must have hands-on training from an ETA-approved school and be knowledgeable in topics such as solar resources and principles; selection identification; proper installation sequence, performance characteristics and troubleshooting methods; permitting best safety practices; and economical impact.


Information from the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Ed.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers, often called PV installers, assemble, install, or maintain solar panel systems on roofs or other structures.

Duties

PV installers typically do the following:

  • Plan PV system configuration based on customer needs, expectations, and site conditions
  • Connect PV panels to the power grid
  • Install solar modules, panels, or support structures in accordance with building codes and standards
  • Apply weather sealing to equipment being installed 
  • Perform routine PV system maintenance
  • Activate and test PV systems to verify performance

Sunlight is considered an environmentally safe source of energy. By way of solar panels, sunlight is transformed into electricity. Recent technological advances have sufficiently reduced the cost of solar panels, making it a viable source of electricity for businesses and homeowners alike. PV installers put these systems in place.

PV installers use a variety of hand and power tools to install photovoltaic panels. They often use wrenches, saws, and screwdrivers to connect panels to frames, wires, and support structures. This work is typically done on roofs, where the greatest amount of solar radiation—or sunlight—is captured.

Many new workers begin by performing basic tasks, such as installing support structures and placing PV panels or PV shingles on top of them. Once the panels are in place, more experienced installers usually perform more complex duties, such as evaluating sites, planning the layout of solar panels, and connecting electrical components.

Depending on the job, PV installers may connect the arrays to the electric grid, although electricians sometimes perform this duty. Once installed, workers check electrical systems for proper wiring, polarity, grounding, or integrity of terminations, and perform maintenance as needed.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers held about 4,800 jobs in 2012. The majority were employed in the construction industry.

The industries that employed the most solar photovoltaic installers in 2012 were as follows:


Industries % Employed
Plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors 34
Electrical contractors and other wiring installation contractors 22
Power and communication line and related structures construction 12

Although most PV installation is done outdoors, installers often work in attics and crawl spaces to connect panels to the electric grid. Those who work on rooftops must climb ladders.

PV installers may work alone or as part of a team. Installation of an array may require the help of roofers and electricians as well as solar photovoltaic installers.

Workers must travel to job sites. 

Injuries and Illnesses

Solar photovoltaic installers risk falls from ladders and roofs, electrical shocks, and burns from hot equipment and materials while installing and maintaining PV systems.

Work Schedules

Nearly all solar photovoltaic installers work full time, which may include evenings and weekends. They often are required to be on call to handle emergencies.

The median annual wage for solar photovoltaic installers was $37,900 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,250, and the top 10 percent earned more than $57,980.

In May 2012, the median annual wages for solar photovoltaic installers in the top three industries in which these installers worked were as follows:


Industry Salary
Power and communication line and related structures
construction
$41,250
Plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors $39,520
Electrical contractors and other wiring installation
contractors
$32,470

Nearly all solar photovoltaic installers work full time, which may include evenings and weekends. They are often required to be on call to handle emergencies.

Employment of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers is projected to grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 1,200 new jobs over the 10-year period.

The rapid expansion and adoption of solar panel installation is expected to create new jobs. As the cost of PV panels and shingles continue to fall, more residential households are expected to take advantage of these systems, resulting in greater demand for the workers who install them.

The long-term outlook, however, is heavily dependent on government incentives, cost, and the continuing efficiency of PV panels. States and localities that provide incentives to reduce the cost of PV systems should experience greater demand for workers. Common incentives include tax rebates, direct subsidies, renewable energy purchase mandates, and net metering.

The development of solar leasing should create additional demand, as homeowners no longer must bear the upfront costs of installation.

Job Prospects

PV installers who complete training at a 2-year technical school will have the best job opportunities.

Those with apprenticeship or journey electrician experience will also have very good job opportunities. Workers with experience in construction occupations, such as laborers, roofers, and carpenters will have better job opportunities than those without construction experience.

Employment of PV installers fluctuates with the overall economy. On the one hand, there is great demand for PV installers during peak periods of building activity. On the other hand, workers may experience periods of unemployment when the overall level of construction falls.

There is less maintenance performed by many PV installers as compared to other construction occupations, so most work should be for installation and not maintenance.

SOC Code: 47-2231


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.


eITprep LogoETA is proud to partner with eITprep to offer an online study resource for this ETA certification - only $59.95! You will have 6 months to complete the content. These courses are for self-study or certification maintenance purposes only, and do not lead to certification. You will need to sit for the appropriate exam by contacting an ETA Certification Administrator and/or ETA-Approved School.

PVI1 Exam Info

Price: $150
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Small Wind Installer - Level 1 (SWI1)

The Small Wind Installer - Level 1 certification provides practical assessments in wind power energy generation under 100 kW. Hands-on training from an ETA-approved school is necessary and individuals should be educated in the following topics include: theory of wind energy and electrical generation; site evaluation; design and selection of wind systems; proper installation, components and troubleshooting methods; safety; finance; and environmental assessment and management.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.


eITprep LogoETA is proud to partner with eITprep to offer an online study resource for this ETA certification - only $59.95! You will have 6 months to complete the content. These courses are for self-study or certification maintenance purposes only, and do not lead to certification. You will need to sit for the appropriate exam by contacting an ETA Certification Administrator and/or ETA-Approved School.

SWI1 Exam Info

Price: $150
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 86
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours