Founded in 1978, ETA® International (ETA) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) trade association that serves technology-related industries by providing accredited individual certifications per the ISO 17024 standard for certification bodies. ETA works closely with top industry professionals to provide industry-backed certifications that fill the needs of ETA's members, though membership is not required to take an ETA examination. ETA has issued over 180,000 technical certifications covering more than 90 certification programs in a variety of technology fields. You can find ETA-certified professionals working for many well-known companies like Motorola, Google, Disney, Verizon, and the United States Armed Forces.
ETA® International is dedicated to fostering excellence in certification by providing industry-accepted credentials that are accredited, technical, and vendor-neutral. ETA is committed to providing the highest levels of professionalism to the members and industries served.
ETA International members are professionals in many different technical fields such as Fiber Optics, Smart Home, Renewable Energy, Customer Service, Biomedical, Information Technology, Wireless Communications, and Industrial Electronics. Our members range in occupation from students and beginner installers to college professors, journeyman technicians, and company chairmen.
ETA offers many ways to give back to your industry. Some of these include setting up student/local chapters, becoming a Certification Administrator, or serving as a Subject Matter Expert. ETA is YOUR association representing YOUR interests in YOUR industry. ETA remains committed to helping those who ETA serves. Learn more about ETA membership.
Recognizing the need to verify that fellow electronics technicians had sufficient training in industry standards, including troubleshooting techniques, knowledge of test equipment, and installation procedures, ETA began providing third-party assessment through its own certification programs in 1978. Aligning with the ISO 17024 standards, and collaborating with education providers and industry professionals, ETA certifications test the knowledge and hands-on skills needed in today’s electronics industry. ETA currently offers Stand-Alone Certifications and Journeyman Certifications for more than 80 certification programs in all electronics-related fields, and is accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC).
ETA tests and certifies thousands of technicians and industry specialists each year. ETA has its own board of directors, more than 600 subject matter experts serving on various certification advisory committees, a professional certification administration staff, and more than 1,000 certification administrators who proctor ETA exams. ETA actively supports training and education through the development of study guides and seminars, as well as working with a large number of ETA-approved schools and courses.
An ETA certification signifies that the holder has demonstrated professional proficiency and has the technical knowledge and skill to meet international electronics industry standards. Our certification programs are non-discriminatory, portable, objective, and reasonably priced, setting ETA apart from other manufacturer and product-related certifications.
Under the G.I. Bill, the Veteran’s Administration reimburses active military, their spouse, or their eligible children for many of the expenses for taking one of our approved certifications, and obtaining or renewing an FCC Commercial License. For more information, please visit the ETA military reimbursement section.
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ETA is accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC). ICAC is an alliance of organizations dedicated to assuring competency, professional management, and service to the public by encouraging and setting standards for licensing, certification, and credentialing programs.
In 1996, a group of association executives chartered the ICAC as a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of evaluating certification programs at a reasonable rate that smaller organizations can afford. Over the years the ICAC has developed a comprehensive process to evaluate certification programs against international standards. In this way, accredited organizations can both improve existing certification programs as well as demonstrate to the public that their programs comply with industry best practices.
By accrediting certification programs, the public and the industries represented have an additional level of assurance, knowing that the program has been reviewed by a neutral third party and been found to meet or exceed reasonable levels of record keeping, security, objectivity, and professionalism.
ICAC itself operates under the international guidelines established as a quality assurance regime for accreditation bodies (ISO/IEC 17011 – Conformity Assessment: General Requirements for Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Conformity Assessment Bodies), and has established assessment tools and processes that assure certification bodies are in compliance with ISO/IEC 17024 (2012): Conformity Assessment – General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons. By having ICAC accreditation, ETA can assure their certifications have been reviewed by a neutral third party and been found to meet or exceed reasonable levels of record keeping, security, objectivity, and professionalism.