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There is no standard way to become a certified electronics technician. Many organizations offer examinations and provide certifications to those who pass. You can also earn certified standing through a combination training program and exam. Certifications aren't always required by employers but the right ones can add to an applicant's appeal.

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers offers certification to telecommunications equipment installers and repairers. They can become certified as a broadband premises specialist (BPS), broadband communications technician (BCT) and more. These certifications last three years before the need for renewal.

International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians offers voluntary certification. Certified electronics technician (CET) testing is done at an associate level for workers who've been on the job for less than four years and journeyman level for those with more experience. Other groups offering certification are the Electronics Technician Association (ETA) and the National Electronics Service Dealers Association (NESDA).

These are just some organizations that provide certification. It's a good idea to talk to employers in the industry you're entering. Find out what they recommend before spending your money on certification you may not need or - even worse - they might not recognize.

Employers know best - don't be afraid to ask

The best way to know if a program offered by a trade school, community college or other educational institution is satisfactory is to ask the employers you'll be applying to. They can tell you what education the company favors. You might even find a company willing to hire you as a part-time helper while you complete your education.

Minimal education in electronics can get you in the door at many companies, but if you have plans to climb the company ladder it's best to have a solid background. If you want to be an electronics engineer technician you'll likely want a two-year associate's degree to make it possible.

Accreditation

Some associations and organizations may accredit electronics schools to assure applicants of their quality. If that's the case, it's important to know the basics of accreditation.

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