ET-Electronics Technician

Rating Description


Electronics Technicians (ET) perform, supervise, and manage the preventive and corrective maintenance, calibration, configuration, and alignment of cryptographic, radar, navigation, and Command, Control, Computer, Communication, and Intelligence (C4I) systems, utilizing test equipment and technical drawings.

For more detailed information, see the Rating Information Card, or see descriptions of programs associated with this rating.

There are 32 credentials closely related to the tasks performed in this Rating that may be attainable as soon as Class "A" technical school has been completed. Sailors can take advantage of these credentialing opportunities shortly following their initial training. Select "< 1 Year" for the "Experience after 'A' School" filter in the "Related Credentials" section to view these credentials.

ET Jobs

Voluntary Education

In addition to obtaining certifications in your field, voluntary education is another way to enhance job performance. Options for voluntary education include:

For help in making informed choices on schools, education programs, and using tuition assistance, see:


You can use the Engage My Career Tool on MilGears to enter personalized information to learn about degree programs related to your training and experience and next steps towards pursuing a degree.

Navy Learning Center Recommended Degrees for ET-Electronics Technician

The following occupational-related degrees are recommended by the Navy Learning Center and are listed in the Navy Learning and Development Roadmap (LaDR) for ET.

You can use the Engage My Career Tool on MilGears to enter personalized information to learn about degree programs related to your training and experience and next steps towards pursuing a degree.


Recommended Associate Degrees

  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Science
  • Electronics
  • Information Technology

Recommended Bachelor/Master Degrees

  • Business Administration,
  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Science
  • Electronics
  • Engineering or Engineering Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Telecommunications

Additional Information

Additional information pertaining to ET-Electronics Technician can be found below.

Cyberspace IT/Cybersecurity Workforce (Cyber IT/CSWF)

SECNAV M-5239.2, signed June 2016, mandates identification, tracking, and reporting of personnel within the Cyberspace IT/Cybersecurity Workforce (Cyber IT/CSWF) and use of qualifications (i.e. commercial certifications; or Navy Enlisted Classification code (NEC); or academic degree) to validate Cyber IT/CSWF baseline and continuous knowledge and skills. Some Sailors may have these Cyber IT/CSWF responsibilities and will need to meet qualifications.

For more information, see:

Collateral Duty / Out of Rate Assignments

Navy collateral duties/out of rate assignments play a vital role in the day-to-day operations and duties that Officers and Enlisted Sailors perform. Certifications and licenses are also available in these collateral duties/out of rate assignments, so please go to the Collateral Duty/Out of Rate Assignments search feature (under the Navigator) and explore more opportunities to get certified.

Opportunities Related to Academic Degrees

Out of rate or designator requests for exam funding for credentials related to an earned academic degree or a semester course may also be funded if it can be directly related to an industry certification or state license.

For example, if you have a degree in Human Resources but are serving as a Culinary Specialist, you can get funding for a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

If the completed degree is not in the Sailor's Joint Service Transcript (JST), the Sailor must provide proof of completion with the Voucher Request Form, OPNAV 1500/57 for funding approval. The requested credential must be included on the Navy COOL website, and the Sailor must meet all other eligibility requirements.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Prior Rate or Designator Sailors

If you have cross-rated or redesignated, you now are eligible for certifications and licenses mapped to your prior rating or designator. The “Navy Bucks” icon on the Navy COOL page for your previous position/rate indicates which certifications and licenses may be funded.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities Related to Off-Duty or Command-Sponsored Training

If you can document that you have completed an on- or off-duty training course that fully prepares you for a civilian certification or license, you may now be eligible to have the credential exam funded.

For example, if you took a Command-sponsored Emergency Medical Technician course, you may be eligible for funding for an EMT Basic credential.

The requested credential must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

College course completion must be annotated in your Joint Service Transcript. Formal off-duty or command-sponsored training should be visible in your Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ). In lieu of an ETJ entry (where training cannot be entered into the ETJ) you will need to submit some form of, proof of completion (a certificate of completion from the course/training is sufficient). If neither of the previously mentioned methods of validating proof of completion are available, then a command correspondence (such as a command letter, memo, or PG-13 form) describing the training along with the OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Navy Reservists

If you are a Navy Reservist, officer or enlisted, you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to your civilian occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

To validate your civilian occupation, you will need a screen shot from Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) showing the Civilian Occupational Code. Please send the NSIPS screenshot with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

In lieu of NSIPS documentation you may also submit a command endorsed and executed NAVPERS 1070/613 (PG-13) Administrative Remarks form noting your civilian occupation along with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form). You must sign the PG-13.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Prior Other-Service Occupation

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to prior other-Service (Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your prior other-Service occupation, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a document (e.g. DD-214; or Military Service School completion certificate; or other document) showing your other-Service occupation. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Credentials Earned & Maintained Prior to Joining the Navy

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials that were earned, and maintained, prior to entering the Navy. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your earned & maintained credential, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a scanned or emailed document (e.g. credential certificate document, screenshot from your credential dashboard, digital badge, etc…) showing the credential earned and maintained. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

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Advancement Next Generation Study Planner (NGSP) - beta

The Advancement Next Generation Study Planner (NGSP), currently in beta, is a Sailor-developed tool.

It can assist you with:
  • Organizing your Advancement Bibliography
  • Setting and achieving bibliography study goals
Functionality Notes:
  • Requires Microsoft Excel or equivalent spreadsheet application
  • When loading the spreadsheet, you will have to accept the prompts to allow the macro/scripts to run
  • Make sure you save changes as you update the spreadsheet
  • You can print your saved spreadsheet, or print to PDF

This tool is provided via the Navy’s Advancement Center. Questions, comments, or recommended changes can be sent to:

Exam Development and Bibliographies
COM: (850) 473-6110
DSN: 753-6110
SFLY_EXAM_QUESTION@navy.mil

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A BIBLIOGRAPHY is provided by the Navy Advancement Center (NAC) to document the REFERENCES used by a subject matter expert (a Navy Chief in the rating) as the basis for writing the items on the Active Duty and Reserve Navy Advancement Exams. If a reference has been updated since the exam was created and differs from the reference listed here, the information in the updated reference will be used as the basis for scoring the exam.

General Exam FAQs     Bibliography FAQs

INQUIRIES CONCERNING

Exam Development and Bibliographies
COM: (850) 473-6110
DSN: 753-6110
SFLY_EXAM_QUESTION@navy.mil

General Advancement Information
COM: (850) 473-6148
DSN: 753-6148
SFLY_NAVY_ADVANCEMEN@navy.mil

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-3 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-4 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-5 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-6 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-7 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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LaDR documents are available as pay grade-specific or combined, covering all the pay grades in a rating.

Click here to go to Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) is an entry-level certification for technicians who have less than two years of experience or training in electronics. Associate Electronics Technicians demonstrate knowledge of basic electronic theory and applications used in all electronic disciplines including circuits, test equipment, electrical theory, work procedures and telecommunications fundamentals. The CETa is the foundation for ETA’s journeyman, senior, and master specialty, and master certification programs. CETa applicants must meet the experience or training requirement and pass a written exam. An optional practical exam is offered.
Click here to go to Fiber Optics Installer (FOI) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Fiber Optic Installers (FOI) certification is for fiber optic technicians. FOIs demonstrate a general understanding of optical fiber installation, connectors, splice performance characteristics, and testing optical fibers. In addition, FOIs are proficient in the installation of connectors on various types of fiber optic cables using multiple types of connectors and can perform mechanical and fusion splicing. Candidates are required to pass both a written exam and a hands-on skills test.

Click here to go to Telecommunications Electronics Technician (TCM) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Telecommunications Electronics Technician (TCM) is an intermediate-level technician credential for professionals who work in the telecommunications field. TCMs demonstate knowledge of wired and wireless communications basic concepts, applicable to various types of voice, data and video systems. TCM must have knowledge in Cables and Cabling, Analog Telephony, Equipment, Telecom Safety and Mathematics, Transmission Service Providers and Protocols, Distribution Methods, Computer, Digital Telephony, Interfacing, Internet, Network Infrastructures and Topologies, Office Wiring, Wireless Telephony, Test Equipment, Optical Wiring, and Troubleshooting. Candidates must pass a written exam. Candidates that hold a Standalone TCM and later complete the Associate CET (CETa), are eligible to upgrade to a Journeyman CET.
Click here to go to General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) is a requirement for professionals who maintain, adjust, or internally repair FCC-licensed radiotelephone transmitters in the aviation, maritime, and international fixed public radio services. FCC requires candidates to legally reside in the United States and be fluent in the English language. Candidates must pass two written exams.

Click here to go to Computer Service Technician (CST) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Computer Service Technician (CST) credential is for professionals who service hardware and provide systems software skills for personal computers. CSTs demonstrate knowledge in areas including, computer assembly/disassembly, motherboards, processor characteristics, system resources, buses, ports, peripheral devices, physical and electronic memory characteristics, secondary storage devices, and power concepts and supplies. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD) is a journeyman-level certification recommended for radar electronics technicians with knowledge of radar basics and concepts applicable to all types of avionics, maritime and land systems. RADAR Electronics Technicians must be knowledgeable and have abilities in technical and human relations areas including, Block Diagrams and Schematics, Components, Cabling and Antennas, Hand Tools & Soldering, Mathematics, Amplifiers, RADAR Transceivers, Interfacing, Satellite, Wireless, and Data Communications, Computers and Digital Concepts, Software Programming, Troubleshooting, and People Relations. Candidates must hold the Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) certification prior to taking the RADAR exam. Individuals with a valid FCC Element 8, and either the ETA Associate CET (CETa) or a Journeyman (CET) certification, are eligible for a rollover to an ETA RADAR certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to CompTIA A+ COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), A+ certification validates the entry-level computer technician's competency to perform a myriad of critical IT support tasks. CompTIA A+ technicians demonstrate skills in networking, hardware, virtualization and cloud computing, network and software troubleshooting, installing and configuring operating systems, security, and operational procedures. Candidates must pass both the Core 1 (220-1001) and Core 2 (220-1002) exams.
Click here to go to Fiber Optics Technician (FOT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Fiber Optics Technician (FOT) certification is for the fiber optics professional with an understanding of concepts of fiber optics servicing, troubleshooting, and repairing. FOTs demonstrate knowledge of fiber optic transmissions, cables principal of light, optical fiber characteristics, optical fiber construction and theory, safety and other related topics. The ETA-I Fiber Optics Installer (FOI) certification is a pre-requisite for this certification. Candidates must pass a written exam and a hands-on skills test.
Click here to go to Ship Radar Endorsement COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ship Radar Endorsement authorizes a licensed commercial radio operator to repair, maintain, or internally adjust ship radar equipment. Only license holders with this endorsement may perform these activities. FCC requires candidates to hold (or qualify for) one of five other FCC licenses. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to Certified Electronics Technician - Associate-Level (Associate CET) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET), Certified Electronics Technician - Associate-Level (Associate CET), is an entry-level certification for technicians and students with under four years of experience and validates the technician’s knowledge of basic electronics, including math, DC and AC circuts, transistors and troubleshooting. The Associate CET is also a pre-requisite for ISCET Journeyman level certifications. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Electronics Technician - Journeyman-Level - Radar COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET), Certified Electronics Technician -Journeyman-Level – Radar credential validates the technician’s general knowledge of both continuous wave and pulse radar operation. Candidates must know about transmitters and receivers, antennas, transmission lines and their characteristics and CRT display systems and their power supplies. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to CompTIA Linux+ COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), CompTIA Linux+ validates the skills of IT professionals who use Linux+ to manage their enterprises in cloud, cybersecurity, mobile and web administration applications. CompTIA Linux+ skills include hardware and system configuration, Linux troubleshooting & diagnostics, system operation & maintenance, automation & scripting, and security. Candidates must pass an exam that includes written and performance-based questions.
Click here to go to CompTIA Network+ COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Network+ is an intermediate skill level certification for technicians working with current networking technologies. The Network+ technician demonstrates an understanding of key cloud computing best practices and typical service models, critical security concepts, newer virtualization and hardware techniques, and skills needed to maintain network resilience. Network+ is appropriate for computer network technicians, engineers, analysts, and administrators. Candidates should meet recommended experience guidelines and must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Society for Quality (ASQ), Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) is a professional who leads and champions process-improvement initiatives everywhere from small businesses to multinational corporations that can have regional or global focus in a variety of service and industrial settings. A CMQ/OE facilitates and leads team efforts to establish and monitor customer/supplier relations, supports strategic planning and deployment initiatives, and helps develop measurement systems to determine organizational improvement. The CMQ/OE should be able to motivate and evaluate staff, manage projects and human resources, analyze financial situations, determine and evaluate risk and employ knowledge management tools and techniques in resolving organizational challenges. Candidates must have ten years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the CMQ/OE Body of Knowledge.  A minimum of five years of this experience must be in a decision-making position. Candidates who have completed a degree from a college, university or technical school with accreditation accepted by ASQ will have part of the ten year experience requirement waived. Candidates must pass a written examination.
Click here to go to Certified Linux Administrator (LPIC-1) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Linux Professional Institute (LPI), Certified Linux Administrator (LPIC-1) is the first certification in Linus Professional Insitute's multi-level Linux Professional certification program and is for any IT professional using the Linux operating system and its associated tools. The LPIC-1 validates a candidate's ability to perform maintenance tasks with the command line, install & configure a computer running Linux and be able to configure basic networking. Candidates must pass two exams and be able to work at the Linux command line, perform easy maintenance tasks (help out users, add users to a larger system, backup and restore, shutdown and reboot), and install and configure a workstation (including X) and connect it to a LAN, or a stand-alone PC via modem to the Internet. There are no experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam(s).
Click here to go to CompTIA Security+ COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Security+ is an entry-level, vendor-neutral certification for IT professionals. The Security+ validates the baseline skills needed to perform core security functions, incorporating best practices in hands-on troubleshooting and problem-solving skills. Candidates demonstrate the ability to evaluate and implement security solutions for an enterprise environment, monitor and secure hybrid environments, understand laws and policies, and identify, analyze, and respond to security events and incidents. Candidates should meet experience recommendations and must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Calibration Technician (CCT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Society for Quality (ASQ), Certified Calibration Technician (CST) tests, calibrates, maintains and repairs electrical, mechanical, electromechanical, analytical and electronic measuring, recording, and indicating instruments and equipment for conformance to established standards. Candidates must have five years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Calibration Technician Body of Knowledge. If the candidates have completed a degree from a college, university, or technical school with accreditation accepted by ASQ, part of the five-year experience requirement will be waived. Candidates must pass a written examination.
Click here to go to Certified Electronics Technician - Journeyman-Level - Consumer Electronics COOL Snapshot page.

Certified Electronics Technician - Journeyman-Level - Consumer Electronics. This is an entry-level certification exam. Technicians working in this field will have knowledge in the following areas; antennas and transmission lines, digital and linear circuits in consumer electronics, servicing problems on televisions and VCRs, use of test equipment, and troubleshooting consumer products. Applicants must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Broadband Premises Technician (BPT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Broadband Premises Technician (BPT) is an intermediate-level credential designed for experienced field technicians who can install and troubleshoot telecommunications services (video, voice, and data) at customers’ premises. BPT candidates should have knowledge to perform routine installations, disconnects, pre-wires, change of service, and multiple dwelling unit (MDU) wiring for cable television (video, voice, and data) residential customers. The BPT certification is a foundation certification as well as one of three stand-alone Broadband Premises certifications. BPT candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Broadband Premises Expert (BPE) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Broadband Premises Expert (BPE) certification is designed for experienced field technicians who can install and troubleshoot telecommunications services (video, voice, and data) at customers’ premises. Candidates should be able to install and troubleshoot a variety of triple-play installations, from easy to complex, as well as mentor and coach junior employees. The BPE certification is one of three stand-alone premises certifications. BPE candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Radio Frequency Identification Technical Specialist (RFID) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-1), Radio Frequency Identification Technical Specialist (RFID) certification is an intermediate-level credential for electronics technicians. RFIDs specialize in radio frequency identification and the related electronic tools. RFID candidates understand electronics communication principles and conduct site surveys and analysis, tagging, reader selection, and installation, configuration and maintenance of RFID hardware and software. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Fire Protection: Fire Alarm Systems - Level I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Fire Protection: Fire Alarm Systems - Level I credential is designed for trainees and entry-level engineering technicians working in the fire alarm industry under direct supervision. Fire Alarm Systems – Level I technicians are learning about fire alarm system components, installation methods, basic tools, worksite safety, testing and inspecting. Candidates must meet experience requirements and pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Vibration Analyst - Category I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Vibration Institute, Certified Vibration Analyst - Category I is an entry-level credential for professionals who specialize in machine and equipment maintenance, troubleshooting, and engineering. Vibration Analysts certified at the first level perform a range of single channel machinery vibration condition monitoring and diagnostic activities. This activity may include acquiring data on predetermined routes, testing machinery for predefined procedures, and reading comparisons alert settings. Applicants for the Category I Certified Vibration Analyst certification must meet training and experience requirements and are also required to pass an exam.
Click here to go to Certified Vibration Analyst - Category II COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Vibration Institute, Certified Vibration Analyst - Category II is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who specialize in machine and equipment maintenance, troubleshooting, and engineering. Vibration Analysts certified at the second level perform basic vibration analysis using single-channel instruments according to established procedures, set-up instruments, and maintain a database of results. Applicants for the Category II Certified Vibration Analyst certification must meet training and experience requirements and are also required to pass an exam.
Click here to go to Certified Balancing Specialist - Category I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Vibration Institute, Certified Balancing Specialist - Category I is an entry-level credential for professionals who adjust machinery. The Certified Balancing Specialist credential validates an individual's knowledge of the basics of balancing, vibration testing and analysis, and balancing techniques. Individuals seeking certification as a Balancing Specialist are required to understand basic shop and field balancing concepts, and be able to perform vibration analysis, conduct single-plane balancing, calculate balance sensitivity and phase lag, and evaluate balance results against ISO balancing standards. Applicants are required to meet experience and training requirements and must pass an exam.
Click here to go to General Communications Technician - Level 1 (GCT1) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), General Communications Technician Level 1 (GCT1) certification is an entry-level credential designed to cover the many areas encountered by radio communications technicians or engineers in the public safety communications or business/commercial radio field. The GCT1 certification is modeled after wide-ranging industry communication systems encompassing more specific detailed items along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidelines covering all disciplines in the COMT program. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Basic Electricity and Electronics - Alternating Current (BEE-AC) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certifying Technical Employee Competence (CertTEC), Basic Electricity and Electronics - Alternating Current (BEE-AC) certification is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. The BEE-AC certification validates a professional's knowledge of various AC theories, equipment, math, cabling, and other related subjects. Applicants must meet training, experience, or education requirements. Any active or veteran military personnel whose rating or assignment is/was in the appropriate field are eligible for the BEE-AC exam. Applicants must pass a performance exam.

Click here to go to Basic Electricity and Electronics - Direct Current (BEE-DC) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certifying Technical Employee Competence (CertTEC), Basic Electricity and Electronics - Direct Current (BEE-DC) certification is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. The exam tests applicant's hands-on troubleshooting skills and validates applicant's knowledge of basic electrical theory, magnetism, electrical safety, electronic equipment and components laws, circuits and other related subjects. Applicants must meet training, experience, or education requirements. Any active or veteran military personnel whose rating or assignment is/was in the appropriate field are eligible for the BEE-DC exam. Applicants must pass a performance exam.
Click here to go to Basic Electricity and Electronics - Analog (BEE-A) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certifying Technical Employee Competence (CertTEC), Basic Electricity and Electronics - Analog (BEE-A) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. BEE-A applicants must have experience with hands-on troubleshooting skills and have knowledge of various analog components, electronics, power, and other related subjects. Applicants must meet education, experience, or training requirements. Applicants must pass a performance exam.
Click here to go to Basic Electricity and Electronics - Digital (BEE-D) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certifying Technical Employee Competence (CertTEC), Basic Electricity and Electronics - Digital (BEE-D) certification is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. The exam tests applicant's hands-on troubleshooting skills and validates applicant's knowledge of various digital electricity and electronics theories, safety precautions, conversions, diagrams, and other related subjects. Applicants must meet education, experience, or training requirements. Applicants must pass a performance exam.
Click here to go to Termination and Testing Technician (TTT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Termination and Testing Technician (TTT) certification is for  technicians who terminate, connect, test, and troubleshoot IP-enabled voice/data/video cable and devices to each other using connectors, tools and techniques specific to fiber optic, copper pairs, and coaxial cabling. The training emphasizes vender neutrality. A cable that is correctly terminated and tests satisfactorily should connect with any proper device from any manufacturer. Candidates must pass a written exam and a hands-on skill test.
Click here to go to Technician in Precision Optics (TPO) COOL Snapshot page.

The Electronics Technicians Association (ETA-I), Technician in Precision Optics (TPO) credential is for technicians employed by organizations incorporating precision optics into systems. TPOs assess bulk material uses and characteristics, to use equipment to shape, polish, and coat precision optics and to employ optical methods and instruments to verify optical component tolerances and dimensions. TPOs handle, store, and ship precision optical components. Candidates must be trained in both knowledge and practical skills. Candidates must pass both a written and a practical exam within a two-year period of each other.
Click here to go to Photonics Technician Operator (PTO) COOL Snapshot page.

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Photonics Technician Operator (PTO) certification is an entry-level credential for electronics professionals who assemble, measure, test, and repair optical components. Photonics technicians work on lenses, mirrors, filters, fiber optics, and electro-optic or other photonics devices plus optical sources such as lasers and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Technicians develop and integrate photonics in enabling technologies—manufacturing and materials processing, Internet and communications, biomedical equipment, and Defense and Homeland Security systems.
Click here to go to Commercial Audio Technician (CAT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Commercial Audio Technician (CAT) is a certification for sound system technicians, responsible for designing, installing, and troubleshooting speech and music sound systems in both commercial and institutional environments. CATs are knowledgeable in speakers, microphones, acoustics sound and measurements, wiring, 70-volt systems, troubleshooting, safety, codes and standards. Candidates must have the ETA-I Associate CET (CETa) certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Electronics Associate DC (EM1) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Electronics Associate DC (EM1) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. The EM1 can be a stand-alone certification for candidates requiring a narrower set of knowledge and skills or it can be part of the EM program, which requires that candidates attain five modules towards the eventual goal of achieving ETA’s Associate level certification (CETa). Candidates must pass a written examination.
Click here to go to Electronics Associate AC (EM2) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Electronics Associate AC (EM2) credential is for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. The EM2 can be a stand-alone certification for candidates requiring a narrower set of knowledge and skills or it can be part of the EM program, which requires that candidates attain five modules towards the eventual goal of achieving ETA’s Associate level certification (CETa). Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Electronics Associate Analog (EM3) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Electronics Associate Analog (EM3) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. The EM3 can be a stand-alone certification for candidates requiring a narrower set of knowledge and skills or it can be part of the EM program, which requires that candidates attain five modules towards the eventual goal of achieving ETA’s Associate level certification (CETa).  Candidates must pass a written examination.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Electronics Associate Digital (EM4) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. The EM4 can be a stand-alone certification for candidates requiring a narrower set of knowledge and skills or it can be part of the EM program, which requires that candidates attain five modules towards the eventual goal of achieving ETA’s Associate level certification (CETa). Candidates must pass a written examination.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Electronics Associate Comprehensive (EM5) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. The EM5 can be a stand-alone certification for candidates requiring a narrower set of knowledge and skills or it can be part of the EM program, which requires that candidates attain five modules towards the eventual goal of achieving ETA’s Associate level certification (CETa). Candidates must pass a written examination.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Technician Routing and Switching (CCT Routing and Switching) certification focuses on the skills required for onsite support and maintenance of Cisco routers, switches, and operating environments. Technicians in this area must be able to identify Cisco router and switch models, accessories, cabling, and interfaces; understand the Cisco IOS software operating modes and identify commonly found software; and be able to use the Cisco Command Line Interface (CLI) to connect and service products. Achieving Cisco Certified Technician Routing and Switching certification is considered the best foundation for supporting other Cisco devices and systems. There are no prerequisites to sit for the exam.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), while not formally a license or certification in and of itself, is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation's maritime facilities and vessels. TSA conducts a security threat assessment (background check) to determine a person's eligibility and issues the credential. U.S. citizens and immigrants in certain immigration categories may apply for the credential.
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Renewal Period: 1 year

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Information Technology Security (ITS), certification covers all areas of cybersecurity for information technology. ITS-certified specialists are expected to have the major knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to perform the professional tasks associated with the development of security plans and processes for information technology and cybersecurity. The ITS certification identifies a specialist’s knowledge of computer hardware and software security measures as well as wireless communications security, device security, cryptography, social engineering, virus detection/mitigation, troubleshooting, disaster prevention/recovery and site risk analysis. ETA-I does not have eligibility requirements for the ITS certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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The ETT Certified Assistant Level 2 performs limited testing and service work typically under direct supervision. The Certification holder has sufficient knowledge and experience to be qualified for assuring the safety of themselves on the job site. Safety knowledge includes an understanding of lockout/tagout procedures and requirements, arc-flash and shock hazard analyses, and other facets of hazardous electrical energy control procedures. The holders of the ETT Certified Assistant Level 2 generally require direct supervision of a Level 3 ETT Certified Technician or higher.
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The InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA), ETT Certified Technician Level 3 certification is for technicians who perform and manage routine and moderately complex tasks and projects, record keeping, evaluation of test data, and responsibility for the safety of others. ETT Certified Technicians Level 3 are qualified to provide guidance, supervise ETT Trainee Technicians (Level 1) and ETT Certified Assistant Technicians (Level 2), and perform electrical power switching. ETT Certified Technician Level 3 candidates must have 24 hours of safety education and training in addition to meeting Level 2 safety education and training requirements (64 hours total) and 240 hours of electrical education and training in addition to meeting Level 2 electrical education and training requirements (400 hours total). Candidates must have five years of related experience and have met the qualifications for ETT Trainee Technician Level 1 and ETT Certified Assistant Technician Level 2 in successive order. Candidates must also pass a written exam.
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The InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA), ETT Certified Senior Technician Level 4 certification, is the most senior level of a Certified Electrical Testing Technicians classification. An ETT Certified Senior Technician Level 4 is responsible for supervising large projects and multiple crews. In addition, the Level 4 Technician will perform complex investigations, tests, and evaluations, and prepare written reports as needed. Applicant must have a minimum of 104 hours of safety training, 600 hours of electrical training, 10 years of related experience, and have met all of the appropriate qualifications for Levels 1, 2, and 3 in successive order. Applicant must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) certification is an entry level certification for those beginning a career in the field of information technology (IT) or those in a field where a general knowledge of IT is necessary.  To earn the certification, candidates must pass one exam covering foundational IT concepts such as understanding the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, software development, and database use. There are no experience requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Reliability Operator Certification (RC) is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who operate bulk electric systems. RCs are knowledgeable in resource and demand balancing, transmission, emergency preparedness, contingency analysis and reliability, and managing communications and data. There are no eligibility requirements for the RC certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Balancing, Interchange, and Transmission System Operator Certification (BT) is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who operate bulk electric systems. System Operators monitor power flows, voltages and status of equipment on the transmission system, and ensure the safe and reliable operation of the bulk electric system. Candidates for the BT are expected to have knowledge of resource and demand balancing, transmission, emergency preparedness, contingency analysis and reliability, and managing communications and data.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Transmission System Operator Certification (TO) is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who operate bulk electric systems. TOs are knowledgeable in resource and demand balancing, transmission, emergency preparedness, contingency analysis and reliability, and managing communications and data. There are no eligibility requirements for the TO certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Balancing and Interchange Operator Certification (BI) is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who operate bulk electric systems. BIs are knowledgeable in resource and demand balancing, transmission, emergency preparedness, contingency analysis and reliability, and managing communications and data. There are no eligibility requirements for the BI certification exam. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is an entry-level certification for professionals in associate-level IT industry jobs. Updated in 2020, the CCNA program covers a broad range of basic concepts including network fundamentals, security, automation, and programmability. Candidates should meet Cisco's suggested experience guidelines. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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