The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA), and National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) founded ESPA; however, the alliance is an independent and unbiased organization working on behalf of ESTs.
Five additional organizations also have joined ESPA to help educate and certify people who have just entered or are about to enter the electronics industry. By creating, promoting, and standing behind one program, ESPA and its partners are making ESPA Certified-EST® the de facto standard for the electronics systems professional.
By forming a universal entry point, ESPA can focus on new entrants to the industry and current technicians that have never been certified, while its partners focus on higher level programs and employment opportunities.
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is a not-for-profit association and producer of the International Consumer Electronics Show®, offers two programs for ESTs looking to become more specialized: Digital Home Specialist, an intermediate-level certificate program, and CEA-CompTIA Digital Home Technology Integrator+ (DHTI+), an advanced level certification.
Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA), a not-for-profit trade association, focuses on the installation and integration of residential electronic systems that consumers use to enhance their lifestyles.
University is designed to educate all individuals in an electronic systems contracting company and has five tracks available: electronic systems technician, designer, project manager, business, and customer relations.
National Systems Contractors Associaiton (NSCA), a not-for-profit association, represents the commercial electronic systems industry.
offers courses on project management, business, sales, design and technical knowledge.