today to get your students started on a technology-based career!
ESPA helps you inspire your students, providing a path that students will embrace, and offering career pathing that students can control through a commitment to life-long learning.
ESPA's curriculum is a perfect fit for high schools, community colleges and vocational schools that already offer an EST program or are looking to provide students with another promising careeer opportunity.
Twenty-first century workers must monitor and update their skills to help control their future. Whether they get the skills on their own or from an employer, the measuring stick of the new economy worker is how they maintain or upgrade their skills. The ESPA program is the confidence builder a mechanically inclined student might need to find their path in school and life. Our program also helps future technicians, engineers, architects, or builders get the foundational training they need to pursue their careers.
We’re working with Career Technology Education (CTE) secondary and post-secondary schools to:
Help students and career switchers gain the foundational skills they need and choose the career path that best suits their skills, desires, and employment opportunities,
Develop a replicable model that can be used in the 1,000 CTE-focused high schools and 1,100 CTE-focused community colleges across the country, and
Help tie the EST certification program in these schools to the new U.S. Department of Education Perkins Act assessment requirement.
From a unique collaboration among some of the most respected technology industry associations and businesses, ESPA was formed in 2006 to take existing entry-level education and certification programs and create one universal program.
ESPA’s core curriculum covers five key domains:
Construction methods and materials
Wiring and installation practices
Standards, codes, and safety practices
The ESPA Certified-EST
® credential and the accompanying program set the standard for entry-level ESTs.
The ESPA Certified-EST® is a true indicator of whether or not the technician is prepared for an electronics career and willing to take control of the certification and re-skilling that is critical to a 21st
century technology worker.
ESPA certification applies to many technology career verticals including residential and commercial A/V, computers, lighting, automation controls, security, alarm, telecom, cable, satellite, and green segments as well as many general sectors (including architecture, engineering, and building trades) whose workers would benefit from learning entry-level EST skills.