Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I)

Electronics Associate DC (EM1)


Credential: Electronics Associate DC (EM1)  ICAC resource
Credentialing Agency: Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I)

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.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Electronics Associate DC (EM1)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years recommended
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 4 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I)

5 Depot Street
Greencastle, IN  46135

Phone: (800) 288-3824

Fax: (765) 653-4287
Email: eta@eta-i.org

Experience REQUIREMENTS

Candidate should have less than two years of experience or training.

Written Exam

  • Basic Electrical Theory
    • Describe the causes and effects of static electricity
    • Describe atomic structure, the components of the atom, their charges and importance to electronics technology
    • Explain electronic physics terminology of work and energy
    • Explain the different forms of energy and their applications
  • Magnetism
    • Explain basic electrical and magnetic properties
    • Describe the properties of magnetic materials
    • Explain magnetic fields and lines of force
    • Explain magnetomotive force
  • Basic Electrical Safety
    • Safe practices and standards
    • Electrical shock
    • Emergency response
    • Fire Safety
  • Electronic Measurement Equipment
    • Explain “meter” construction, components and usage
  • Electronic Components
    • Identify the following electronic components and their usages
      – Capacitor
      – Resistors
      – Insulators
      – Conductors
      – Switches
      – Fuses
      – Circuit Breakers
      – Batteries
  • Ohms Law for Electronics
    • Summarize Ohms law
    • Calculate current, voltage or resistance using Ohms Law
    • Define Joules and Kilowatt-hour as an energy unit
    • Describe Watts Law
    • Explain the characteristics of DC resistance
  • Basic Mathematics for Electronics
    • Describe the basic functions of a scientific calculator
    • Explain basic algebraic math and its application in DC electronics
    • Identify the scientific symbols used in DC electronics
    • Convert fixed numbers to scientific notation
    • Identify the fundamental and supplementary units that are the bases of the International System of Units (SI)
    • Explain the following metric prefixes.
       – Peta
       – Tera
       – Giga
       – Mega
       – kilo
       – milli
       – micro
       – nano
       – pico
    • Demonstrate standard metric conversions
    • Explain algebraic equations relevant to DC circuitry
  • Electronic Measurements
    • Describe the following electronic measurements and their application to DC electronics:
       – Current
       – Voltage
       – Resistance
       – Power
  • Series Circuits for Electronics
    • Explain how a series circuit is used in DC electronic equipment
    • Find total resistance in a series circuit
    • Calculate an unknown current, voltage or resistance in a series circuit, using Ohms law
    • Describe Kirchhoff’s voltage law in a series circuit
  • Parallel Circuits for Electronics
    • Explain how a parallel circuit is used in DC electronic equipment
    • Solve for total resistance of a parallel circuit
    • Apply Kirchhoff’s current law in a parallel circuit
    • Calculate current, in a parallel circuit, using the current-divider rule
  • Series/Parallel Combination Circuits for Electronics
    • Describe the basic series/parallel combination circuit
    • Calculate current, voltage, and resistance in a combination circuit
    • Describe how Thevenin’s theorem is used to simplify an equivalent series/parallel circuit
    • Solve for an unknown value in a combination circuit using Kirchoff’s law
    • Define Wheatstone bridge circuit and its usage
    • Identify unknown voltages, currents, resistances and power dissipation in a loaded voltage divider circuit
  • Battery Power Supplies
    • Describe battery construction
    • Describe battery ratings

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Electronics Associate DC (EM1) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Electronics Associate DC (EM1) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I) testing process, visit the agency website.

  • Third-Party Test Vendor Information

    Testing for this credential is handled by the following vendor:

    ExamRoom.AI

    The test centers are located in the U.S.

    To find out more, use the following links on the ExamRoom.AI website:


RECERTIFICATION

Electronics Associate DC (EM1)

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Associate DC (EM1) credential has the following recertification information:

  • To recertify, certification holders must submit ten hours of continuing education per year or the Employer Verification Form, and pay a recertification fee.
  • ETA-I allows certification holders to renew either annually or every four years. If a certification holder recertifies annually, ETA-I renews membership. If he/she recertifies every four years, initial membership expires after the one-year anniversary and will not be renewed until he/she recertifies at the end of the four-year time period.

Additional considerations for the Electronics Associate DC (EM1) include:

  • To provide a path for the technician leading to the Associate CET (CETa) credential, the five BASIC modules of the Associate CET can be acquired individually through the Electronics Modules (EM1-5) program. Once a technician attains all five module certifications, ETA issues an official Associate CET certification. Note that all five EM modules must be current.

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