Electronic systems technicians (ESTs) are a relatively young profession compared to the other skilled trades (plumbing, HVAC, licensed electricians) that are key to building and running our residential and commercial buildings.
“Coming a long way” is putting it mildly for electronic systems. What 15-20 years ago was considered an obscure, niche business, is today one of the greatest technical career opportunities in
North America. And as homeowners and business owners continue to learn more about the possibilities with electronic systems, the growth potential increases significantly.
Workers now have a constantly evolving career that can take their interest in cool electronics, their hands-on ability to tinker with devices, and their desire to improve our lives to a level few saw 20 years ago.
ESPA was formed by three partners—the Consumer Electronics Association
(CEA), Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association
(CEDIA), and National Systems Contractors Association
(NSCA)—in 2006 to develop a universal education and certification program that would help meet increasing consumer demand by providing a gateway for new professionals to enter the workforce.
Since its public launch, ESPA has received accolades from the electronic systems industry at large and many associations and businesses have signed agreements to cooperate with ESPA. The organization’s message of unity and professionalism has “struck a chord” with businesses and individuals who recognize the need for a comprehensive entry-level education and certification program.