The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) and National Systems Contractors Assocation (NCSA) have joined forces to create a unified educational entity known as the Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA). The agency hopes to create a qualified workforce equal to the growing demand for electronic systems contractors in a way that lessens the confusion created by numerous industry associations across the country with varied certification programs. Chuck Wilson, chairman of ESPA and executive director of NSCA, explains, “By coming together and offering a single entry-level education and certification platform for any and all industry organizations, ESPA will be universally recognized as the gateway to a career in electronic systems contracting.” The group also aims to promote awareness and understanding of contractors with consumers, builders, developers and legislators. ESPA’s programs are slated to begin in Q3 or Q4 2007.
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