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New CEDIA Technician Certification Updates 

CEDIA is pleased to announce that major updates and improvements are coming to the CEDIA technician certifications. These changes are the result of a strategic initiative to expand the certification program and establish a clear pathway of rigorous technician certifications developed to highest quality standards. With support from the industry-wide Technician Job Task Analysis Survey, the following certification blueprints have been set and will be introduced in the coming months. 

Vision

These two certifications must be earned progressively, and together represent the technical foundation of the industry. The exams cover essential knowledge and skills needed for professionals to independently perform the core technical tasks of any installation project. The intermediate-level IST certification will be the foundation from which professionals can pursue higher-level, specialist certifications that demonstrate proficiency in specific topics such as networking, design, lighting control, etc. CEDIA is looking to expand on the number of specialist certifications such as the ESC-N and ESC-D following the completion of the new technician exams.    
 

Transition

These new certifications will be replacing the ESPA EST, CEDIA ESC, and CEDIA ESC-T certifications. Current certification holders should reference the following documents and FAQs below to understand how they can earn the new certifications. 

Timeline

June – New exam descriptions and blueprints are released. Candidates may begin preparing for the new certifications. Although training is not required to take any exams, CEDIA does have new resources and pathways that candidates might find helpful.

August – Beta testing begins for the new Cabling & Infrastructure Technician (CIT) certification. Current holders and new candidates are highly encouraged to participate. The beta test will be offered at a discounted price and candidates will receive their results within a few weeks of testing, as the passing score will be not be determined until after the beta testing process is complete.

September – The final version of the CIT exam is live, and CEDIA will stop offering the ESC.

November - Beta testing begins for the new Integrated Systems Technician (IST) certification. Current holders and new candidates are highly encouraged to test. The beta test will be offered at a discounted price and candidates will receive their results within a few weeks of testing, as the passing score will be not be determined until after the beta testing process is complete.

December – The final version of the IST exam is live, and CEDIA will stop offering the ESC-T. ESC-T holders who have not already earned the new IST will begin transitioning to IST on their renewal date assuming the CEU requirement has been fulfilled.

CEDIA Technician Certification Updates FAQ

  • Why are the certifications changing?

  • Why are there new names and where did they come from?

  • I was planning to take the ESC Certification, should I still take it?

  • I have the ESC Certification, what do the changes mean for me?

  • I was planning to take the ESC-T Certification this year, should I still take it?

  • I have the ESC-T Certification, what do the changes mean for me?

  • Are the ESC-N and ESC-D changing?

  • Who overseas CEDIA Certification?

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