General Information About ISCET Certification
can be your ticket to a better career, as it represents the difference
between someone who merely says they are a technician, and someone who
really IS a technician. Many
government and private organizations require certification as a qualification
for their positions, so taking and passing one or more of the exams generally makes you more employable.
In 2012 ANSI/ISO announced final revisions to its best practices concerning certification for individuals. The ANSI/ISO body is the standards organization to which most organizations worldwide follow for the operation of their business. These changes revolve around renewal of certification versus lifetime. The standard adopted is to require that certifications have a renewal path and they should not be lifetime. This path is to apply to all past and future certifications. This new standard has been adopted by all the major certification organizations worldwide. The standard allows the organization the freedom to choose how they will treat current certifications and how renewals will be handled. ISCET, being a recognized leader in the electronics certification, has studied and adopted a new certification model to address these new standards.
Effective September 1, 2013, all certifications passed after this date will require renewal every two years. Recognizing our duty to our current lifetime certificate holders we will not require them to renew their certificate but those who chose not to by June 30, 2015 will have their certification listed as “Legacy”, which will indicate they have not chosen to renew their certification under the current standards. Holders of Associate CET and Associate CET+ certifications taken before September 1, 2013 will expire at the four (4) year anniversary of their certificate unless renewed using continuing education. ISCET will use the “Continuing Education” model for renewal of certificates. This requires all certified persons to accumulate twenty (20) clock hours of training (i.e. attending classes at schools, manufacturer events, or conventions), passing additional certifications in their field, self-study or teaching over a two year period. Individuals who meet the renewal standard will have their certification listed as “Registered” to indicate their commitment to keep their knowledge and skills current for a changing industry.
In order to assure that all holders of ISCET certification are still valued by industry these changes are necessary. In keeping with our commitment to our certificate holders we offer the renewal of their certificates at no charge, while they are current members of ISCET. Certificate holders who are not members will be charged a $50 fee for the first certification and $10 for each additional. If the certificate holder renewal totals $70 or more, the fee will be capped at $70 and they will automatically be enrolled as a member of ISCET with all eligible renewals processed. (Ex. A CET who holds a Journeyman in Computers, a CSR, a CSM and a MST who is not a member of ISCET would be charged a maximum of $70 which would automatically enroll them as members and the listed certifications would be registered if all education requirements have been met.)
Instructors, learn how to start an ISCET Student Chapter.
Schools, learn how to take advantage of ISCET's Course Approval Service.
Scroll down the page for information on testing fees, testing locations, and becoming a Registered CET.
|Associate Level Electronics CET
||Open to anyone interested in electronics, including a technician or student. This exam is the basic electronics portion of the full-credit CET exam, and requires a score of 75% or better to pass. This multiple choice test covers basic electronics, math, DC and AC circuits, transistors and troubleshooting. Upon passing the test an associate CET will receive a wall certificate valid for four years and become eligible to join ISCET as a non-voting member.
|Electronics Systems Associate (ESA)
Open to anyone interested in electronics, including a technician or student. The ESA covers DC, AC, Semi, and Digital in 4 parts. Certificates are awarded for passing each of the 4 parts. Once all 4 certificates are earned the Associate CET is awarded. The ESA program offers advantages to the student and the instructors that the Associate level CET program does not offer. ESA certificates are issued for life, but are subject to the Registration requirements.
|Associate CET Senior (ACS)
Requires passing the Associate CET (either as one exam, or as ESA-1 through 4, plus the ESA-5 exam, which covers micro-processors, robotics and advanced digital. The ESA-5 is a transitional exam which covers micro-processors, robotics and advanced digital. Converts any current Associate CET certificate to an Associate CET Senior. Exam given only to those persons possessing an Associate CET certificate that has an expiration date within the past 10 years or is current.
|Multimedia Systems Technician Journeyman Level (MST)
To become a fully certified MST technician, one must pass the MST Certification examination. This is a "stand alone" Journeyman-level offering ... a "hands on" type of certification. The Study Guide for the course is a graphical presentation of all three sections of the material — soft skills, electronics used, and technical material concerning the installation and proper connection of the accessory equipment usually found in the flat screen environment. There are no "prerequisites" for taking the MST exam. The learning material is offered in several types:
- Online Study – Accessed from the ISCET Website, as Online Learning, allows a 150-day study window 24/7.
- On disk – Contains the complete study material to run from disk or load to your hard drive.
- Printed – Over 180 pages crammed full of information for the installer of flat screen and home theaters.
Click here to get more information about the Journeyman-Level MST exam.
|Journeyman Level CET
To become a fully certified technician, one must:
- pass the Associate Level Electronics test (ISCET or ETA-I) or acquire the ISCET Associate Level Electronics Certification through the ISCET ESA program (See ESA above)
- pass one of the following Journeyman Level CET exams:
|Customer Service Representative (CSR)
||The Customer Service Representative (CSR) certification was developed by NESDA to provide a way to verify the knowledge needed to provide the best possible customer service experience in a professional electronics service business. CSR certification is also a requirement of the CESC (Certified Electronics Service Center) program. For more information on the CESC program, please visit the NESDA website.
National Appliance Service Technician Certification
NASTeC is a national certification program for technicians who service major home appliances. The NASTeC exams measure the knowledge, ability and skills that technicians need daily to "do the job right."
Four levels of NASTeC Certification:
- Basic Skills (Must be passed to take any of the following)
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning*
- Laundry and Dishwashing
When all four are obtained, the Universal Technician is awarded.
*Requires proof of EPA Refrigerant Recovery Certification
To get more information about the exams that are offered, click here.
Through ISCET's International Network of Authorized
Independent Certification Administrators
Certification administrators are located throughout the United States, Canada and many foreign countries. These persons are volunteers who have become administrators for the satisfaction of being able to contribute to upgrading the electronics profession. Use our CA Locator to find the nearest one to your location. You can also contact the ISCET office for the name and address of a CA nearest you.
In early 2004, ISCET began offering online certification exams with independent administrators who administer the testing online via computer. The advantage of computer-based testing is that test-takers receive, at the conclusion of the exam, a preliminary assessment of their score.
ISCET independent certification administrators also administer the Associate-Level, Journeyman-Level, FCC exams, and NASTec (Appliance Servicing) exams. A listing of ISCET independent certification administrators may be accessed by clicking the "CA Locator" link above to download and either view online or print a list of administrators. If no administrator contact(s) are listed for a particular state or city, contact ISCET for help in securing a proctor in that area.
3608 Pershing Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76107-4527
817/921-9101 or 817/946-0201 ext. 119
|Associate and One Journeyman Exam
|Electronics Systems Associate (ESA) Parts 1 through 5
|Multimedia Systems Technician
RETAKES for above:
Please contact the ISCET office, 800-946-0201 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. CDT weekdays to inquire about the fee for your retake.
||every other retake is $15
||every other retake is $15
|Associate & Journeyman at one sitting
||every other retake is $25
||every other retake is $15
||every other retake is $15
||every other retake is $37.50
||every other retake is $15
ISCET FCC EXAMINATION FEE SCHEDULE
Minimum fee per examination session, any 1 element -- $50
Maximum fee per examination session, any 2 elements at one sitting -- $70
Maximum fee per examination session, any 3 elements at one sitting -- $90
Each additional element in excess of 3 at the same sitting -- $20
NESDA CSM (Certified Service Manager) FEE SCHEDULE
Non-Members $150 per exam session
NESDA/ISCET Members $150 per exam session. Members receive a voucher for a credit of $50 which may be applied to a membership billing or materials order. (please request form when you take the exam)
CSM retakes are free for one time.
Renewal of certificates for ISCET members is offered at no charge, as long as you are a current member of ISCET. Certificate holders who are not members will be charged a $50 fee for the first certification and $10 for each additional. If the certificate holder renewal totals $70 or more, the fee will be capped at $70 and you will automatically be enrolled as a member of ISCET with all eligible renewals processed. (Ex. A CET who holds a Journeyman in Computers, a CSR, a CSM and a MST who is not a member of ISCET would be charged a maximum of $70 which would automatically enroll them as members and the listed certifications would be registered if all education requirements have been met.)
How do I make corrections to my listing information?
If you are a certification administrator and you find incorrect data listed, please click here to e-mail your full name and new information to ISCET, or call 817/921-9101 or 800/946-0201 ext. 119.
Do you want to be a Certification Administrator?
are already a CET and are interested in becoming a certification administrator, click here to learn more. If you are
interested in becoming a proctor for ISCET exams, please click here to view/print an English Proctor Application that can be completed and returned to ISCET. Click here to view/print a Spanish Proctor Application that can be completed and returned to ISCET.
REGISTERED CET STATUS AND EXTENDING
YOUR ASSOCIATE CERTIFICATION
Why should you register your CET? ISCET Journeyman certifications
do not expire, but if you have been certified for more than a year or
two you may be interested in demonstrating your continuing desire to learn.
Registering your CET allows you to do just that. If third parties (for
example, a prospective employer) inquire with the purpose of validating
your CET, registered status shows that you have kept your certification
up-to-date by continuing your training and learning. Inquirers will know
the date of registration, ensuring them that your technology education
ISCET offers a series of learning materials that have already
been validated for 10 clock hours or 1 CEU. Click
here for a printable list of these materials with an order form, or
visit the online store and check out the "Electronics Lessons"
Both Journeyman CETs and Associate CETs can use the Continuing
Education Form. Journeyman CETs may become Registered CETs by 1) passing
an ISCET Journeyman Test within the past 24 months, or 2) completing 20
clock hours of electronics continuing education within the 24 months prior
to the expiration date of the Associate CET. A 60-day grace period is
allowed for Associate CET extensions, otherwise the Associate exam must
be taken again.
To register your Journeyman CET or to extend your Associate
CET, please click here to
view/print the form (PDF), complete and remit to ISCET with the following
|Continuing Education Registration Fee
If your continuing education
form is rejected, there are no refunds; however, additional information
to meet the qualifications may be submitted within 60 days.
Please carefully read the following qualifications and instructions
necessary to correctly complete the Continuing Education Form:
1) Please use the Continuing Education Clock Hour Chart
for determining eligible clock hour credit.
2) If you passed a CET test within the past two years, please
fill in the test information.
3) For each item that you are submitting on the Continuing
Education Form, enter ALL of the requested information. FAILURE TO FILL
IN ALL REQUEST INFORMATION WILL RESULT IN THE REJECTION OF THE CONTINUING
4) List only the activities that you have completed within
the past 24 months.
5) Clock hours are eligible only for the time you actually
spent in the classroom receiving instruction. Subtract all breaks, meals,
introductions, registration, and all other non-instruction time. The same
rule applies for educational meetings/programs.
6) On-the-job experience, or instruction and teaching experience
do not qualify as eligible clock hours for the continuing education program.
7) You are not eligible to receive continuing education
credit for any of the following: a) business meetings; b) non-technical
courses; c) business management courses; d) teaching courses.
8) To obtain continuing education credit for a course you
must obtain an average of "C" or above.
9) Individual self-study counts for no more than 10 of the
required clock hours. Books, articles, audio and video lectures must cover
10) ISCET Learning Programs will earn CEUs shown. All 20 clock hours can be earned with ISCET Learning Programs.
11) Please total all of your hours.
Send the form and the required fees to ISCET. Please keep
a copy of the form and maintain the supporting documentation. Do not send
supporting documentation with your form. If you are notified that your
application is being audited, you must submit the documentation to support
your application. Review of this form generally takes 60 days.