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.

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 and education programs when using tuition assistance, see:

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.

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 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 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 Cross-Rated Sailors

If you have cross-rated, you now are eligible for certifications and licenses mapped to your prior rating. 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 it 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, 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 Enlisted Occupation

If you are Navy enlisted (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to prior other-Service (Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) enlisted 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 enlisted (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials that were earned, and maintained, prior to your enlistment in 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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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) certification is an entry-level credential for electronics technicians who have less than two years of experience or who have trade school training in the field of electronics. Applicants for the CETa must meet the experience or training requirement and pass the exam.

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 an intermediate-level credential for fiber optic technicians. The FOI exam focuses on a general understanding of optical fiber installation, connectorization, splicing, and testing; candidates for the FOI certification are expected to be familiar with optical fibers, connectors, and splice performance characteristics. Candidates must be proficient in the installation of connectors on various types of fiber optic cables using epoxies; additionally, FOI technicians perform mechanical and fusion splicing. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to Installer 1 (INST1) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Not Renewable

The BICSI Installer 1 (INST1) certification is an entry level credential that demonstrates an ability to understand and apply a comprehensive collection of installation-specific information including pathways, spaces, grounding and firestopping, terminations of copper connectors, and knowledge of codes, standards and best practices.  There are no prior industry installation experience requirements for individuals preparing to sit for the Installer 1 exam, however, candidates must be able to distinguish between different colors, possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks, and be able to lift and carry items up to fifty pounds. To earn a BICSI Installer 1 certification, candidates must successfully pass both a hands-on and a written exam.  Once earned, the credential is valid for three full years.  

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. TCM candidates must have knowledge of wired and wireless communications basic concepts, which are then applicable to various types of voice, data and video systems. Telecommunications Electronics Technicians must be knowledgeable and have abilities in the following technical areas: 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 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 an intermediate-level technician credential. PG candidates must have knowledge and skills to adjust, maintain, or internally repair FCC licensed radiotelephone transmitters used in aviation, maritime, and international fixed public radio services. Candidates applying for the PG license must be legal residents of the United States, be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English and pass a written exam.

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) is an entry-level credential for professionals who supply computer support. The CST exam assesses candidates’ skills in performing hardware servicing and system software skills for personal computers (PCs). CST candidates should have knowledge of PC components, operating systems, basic networking, troubleshooting, and safety procedures. 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 the following technical and human relations areas: 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 take a written exam.

Click here to go to CompTIA A+ ce COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA A+ ce certification demonstrates competency as a computer support technician. The A+ ce certification is appropriate for entry-level technicians who perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. Security, safety and environmental issues, and communication and professionalism are also covered. It is recommended, although not required, that candidates have nine to twelve months of related hands-on experience as an IT professional.

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 an intermediate-level fiber optics professional credential. Candidates for the FOT certification are expected to have knowledge of fiber optics concepts pertaining to designing, configuring, installing, and maintaining fiber optics systems. FOTs test and troubleshoot Local Area Networks (LANs) with various faults. The FOT certification is designed for technicians, system analysts, design engineers, managers, telecommunications professionals, fusion splicers, mechanical splicers, end users, and others whose professions require fiber optics knowledge and skills. The prerequisite for the FOT certification is the ETA-I Fiber Optics Installer (FOI), or equivalent work experience. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to Ship Radar Endorsement COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Ship Radar Endorsement is an endorsement to a commercial radio operator license that authorizes the holder to repair, maintain, or internally adjust ship radar equipment. Only license holders with this endorsement may perform these activities. Applicants must pass a written exam, and hold (or qualify for) a PG, DM, DB, T, T1 or T2 license.

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

Renewal Period: 4 years

The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET), Certified Electronics Technician - Associate-Level is an entry-level certification. This certification validates the candidate's basic electronic knowledge for entry-level electronic professions. The exam covers basic electronics, math, DC and AC circuits, 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

Certified Electronics Technician - Journeyman-Level - Radar. This is an entry-level certification exam. Technicians working in this field will have knowledge in the following areas; General knowledge of both pulse radar and continuous wave radar operation is necessary for taking this Journeyman option. This test covers transmitters and receivers, CRT display systems and their power supplies, antennas, transmission lines and their characteristics. Applicants must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to CompTIA Linux+ COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

CompTIA Linux+ validates the skills of IT professionals with hands-on experience configuring, monitoring, and supporting servers running the Linux operating system. The new exam has an increased focus on the following topics: security, kernel modules, storage & visualization, device management at an enterprise level, git & automation, networking & firewalls, server side & command line, server (vs. client-based) coverage, troubleshooting and SELinux. Candidates are recommended to hold the CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and have 12 months of Linux admin experience.

Click here to go to CompTIA Network+ ce COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Network+ ce is an intermediate skill level certification for IT technicians who can describe the features and functions of networking components and manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate and configure basic network infrastructure. In addition, certification holders have a basic understanding of enterprise technologies, including cloud and virtualization technologies. Network+ ce is appropriate for computer network technicians, engineers, analysts and administrators. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Network+ ce candidates have at least nine months of experience in network support or administration or academic training, along with a CompTIA A+ ce certification.

Click here to go to Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The 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. Candidate 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. Candidate must pass a written examination.

Click here to go to Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is for entry-level network engineers that validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size route and switched networks. The CCNA Routing and Switching certification is appropriate for Network Specialists, Network Administrators, and Network Support Engineers with a recommended 1-3 years of experience. There are no experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam(s). Candidates must pass the CCNA accelerated exam or the ICND1 and ICND2 exams to achieve this certification.

Click here to go to Certified Linux Administrator (LPIC-1) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Linux Administrator (LPIC-1) is the first certification in Linus Professional Insitute's multi-level Linux Professional certification program. 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. To obtain the LPIC-1 certification, a candidate must pass two exams in which the candidate should 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). This certification is appropriate for any IT professional using the Linux operating system and its associated tools.

Click here to go to CompTIA Security+ ce COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA Security+ ce certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of IT security. Security+ ce is an introductory level certification that proves competency in system security, network infrastructure, access control, assessments and audits, cryptography and organizational security. Occupations relevant to this certification include computer security specialists, computer and information systems managers, and network and computer systems administrators. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Security+ ce candidates have at least two years of technical networking experience, with an emphasis on security. The CompTIA Network+ ce certification is also recommended.

Click here to go to Certified Calibration Technician (CCT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Calibration Technician (CCT) tests, calibrates, maintains and repairs electrical, mechanical, electromechanical, analytical and electronic measuring, recording and indicating instruments and equipment for conformance to established standards. Candidate 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 candidate has 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). Candidate 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 Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) validates the ability to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. With a CCENT, a network professional demonstrates the skills required for entry-level network support positions - the starting point for many successful careers in networking. This includes networking fundamentals, WAN technologies, basic security and wireless concepts, routing and switching fundamentals, and configuring simple networks. The CCENT certification is appropriate for IT occupations including network and computer support technicians. There are no experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam.

Click here to go to Installer 2 - Copper (INSTC) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The BICSI Installer 2, Copper (INSTC) certification is an intermediate level credential that demonstrates the ability to understand and apply a comprehensive collection of installation-specific information including interpretation of drawing, plans and specifications, testing and troubleshooting copper installations, media selection, and knowledge of applicable codes, standards and best practices. While there are no pre-requisite certifications to earn this credential, candidates must have one year of verifiable Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry installation experience within the last five years. In addition, participants sitting for the Installer 2, Copper exam must be able to distinguish between different colors, possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks, and stand for extended periods of time.  To become a BICSI Installer 2, Copper, candidates must successfully pass both a hands-on and a written exam. Once earned, the credential is valid for three full years and may be renewed.



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 Fire Protection: Fire Alarm Systems - Level I credential is designed for trainees and entry-level engineering technicians working in the fire alarm industry who engage in a combination of the following fire alarm systems activities: system layout (plan preparation), system equipment selection, system installation, system acceptance testing, system trouble-shooting, system servicing, and system technical sales. Candidates must have a minimum of 3 months of technical experience with fire detection and signaling systems. The Fire Protection: Fire Alarm Systems program comprises four levels of certification. This certification also requires a Supervisor's verification of all work elements used to meet the candidate application requirement. Candidate must pass a written examination.

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 Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 is a foundation level certification that validates an individual's mastery of the primary set of Windows Server 2012 skills required to reduce IT costs and deliver more business value. Earning an MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification qualifies an individual for a position as a network of computer systems administrator or as a computer network specialist. Candidates must pass three exams related to installing, configuring, and administering Windows Server 2012. There are no experience or educational requirements that must be met prior to taking the exams, however, it is recommended that candidates have at least one year of experience implementing and administering Windows Server 2012.

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 intended for radio communications technicians or engineers. 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. The purpose of the GCT1 is to provide basic certification testing that covers all areas a new radio communications technician or engineer will encounter in the public safety communications, business radio, or commercial radio field. ETA-I does not have minimum training, education, or experience requirements to take the certification exam.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Basic Electricity and Electronics - Alternating Current (BEE-AC) certification is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. The exam tests applicant's hands-on troubleshooting skills utilizing a multi-meter, function generator, and oscilloscope along with an electronic trainer and test cards. The certification validates applicant's knowledge of various AC theories, equipment, math, cabling, and other related subjects. Applicants have different options to meet the eligibility requirements, active duty or veteran military personnel whose rating or assignment is/was in the related field meet the eligibility requirement for BEE-AC certification.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

The 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 have different options to meet the eligibility requirements, active duty or veteran military personnel whose rating or assignment is/was in the related field meet the eligibility requirement for BEE-DC certification.

Click here to go to Basic Electricity and Electronics - Analog (BEE-A) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Basic Electricity and Electronics - Analog (BEE-A) 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 analog components, electronics, power, and other related subjects. Applicants have different options to meet the eligibility requirements, active duty or veteran military personnel whose rating or assignment is/was in the related field meet the eligibility requirement for BEE-A certification.

Click here to go to Basic Electricity and Electronics - Digital (BEE-D) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The 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 have different options to meet the eligibility requirements, active duty or veteran military personnel whose rating or assignment is/was in the related field meet the eligibility requirement for BEE-D certification.

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 recommended for mid-career level technicians. TTTs 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. Candidates must take and pass a written exam.

Click here to go to Technician in Precision Optics (TPO) COOL Snapshot page.

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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.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Associate DC (EM1) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. Candidates must pass a written examination testing their knowledge of various electrical and electronics concepts, electronic measurement equipment, electronic components, circuitry, and other related subjects specific to direct current (DC) electronics. The EM1 credential is one in a group of five credential modules; once a technician attains all five credentials, ETA will issue the Associate CET certification.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Associate AC (EM2) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. Candidates must pass a written examination testing their knowledge of AC, safety, cabling, and other procedures. The EM2 credential is one in a group of five credential modules; once a technician attains all five credentials, ETA will issue the Associate CET certification.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Associate Analog (EM3) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. Candidates must pass a written examination testing their knowledge of diodes, transistors, thyristors, integrated circuits, optoelectronic devices, power supplies, basic test equipment and measurements, mathematics and formulas, amplifiers, and other related subjects. The EM3 credential is one in a group of five credential modules; once a technician attains all five credentials, ETA will issue the Associate CET certification.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Associate Digital (EM4) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. Candidates must pass a written examination testing their knowledge of various digital electricity and electronics concepts, numbering systems and conversions, and other related subjects. The EM4 credential is one in a group of five credential modules; once a technician attains all five credentials, ETA will issue the Associate CET certification.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Associate Comprehensive (EM5) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. Candidates must pass a written examination testing their knowledge of soldering, desoldering, tools, electrical conductors, AC power distribution, circuit protection, circuit controls, generators, motors, interfacing of electronics products, and technician work procedures. The EM5 credential is one in a group of five credential modules; once a technician attains all five credentials, ETA will issue the Associate CET certification.

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Renewal Period: Lifetime

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2016 qualifies candidates for a position as a network or computer systems administrator or as a computer network specialist, and it is the first step on the path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE). Candidates must pass three exams: Installation, Storage, and Computer with Windows Server 2016 (740), Networking with Windows Server 2016 (741), and Identity with Windows Server 2016 (742). There are no prerequisites to sit for the exams.

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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: 3 years

The American Petroleum Institute (API), Source Inspector Electrical Equipment (SIEE) is a mid-level certification designed for individuals who perform tasks relating to the quality surveillance of materials, equipment and fabrications at the supplier/vendor level in the oil, petrochemical and gas industries. SIEEs act on behalf of purchasers to examine fabricated and manufactured equipment and materials at a supplier's facility, as well as confirm that the supplier's quality management system is being utilized effectively. Candidates for the SIEE must meet educational and experience requirements and must pass a written exam.

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Click here to go to ETT Certified Assistant Level 2 COOL Snapshot page.

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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The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Reliability Coordinator System Operator Certification (RC) 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 RC 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), 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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The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Transmission System Operator Certification (TO) 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 TO are expected to have knowledge of resource and demand balancing, transmission, emergency preparedness, contingency analysis and reliability, and managing communications and data.

Click here to go to Balancing and Interchange Operator Certification (BI) COOL Snapshot page.

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. 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 BI are expected to have knowledge of resource and demand balancing, transmission, emergency preparedness, contingency analysis and reliability, and managing communications and data.

In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

Navy Bucks

Credential voucher or reimbursement for credential exam, re-certification, or maintenance fee has been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. To get a voucher request form, click Menu at the top of any page, then click "2 Complete Voucher and Apply" under Credentialing Steps.

GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill. Click for external link to GI Bill licensing and certification information.

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ANSI

This credential has been accredited by ANSI. Click for external link to the ANSI web site.

ICAC

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NCCA

This credentialing program has been accredited by NCCA. Click for external link to the NCCA web site.

ABSNC

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IAS

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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An apprenticeship program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. Go to the Apprenticeship Finder and enter career path or location to find apprenticeship opportunities.

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