Indiana offers ETA’s Student Electronic Technician certification as part of the College and Career Pathways Plan

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This year the state of Indiana will offer accredited school programs the option of using ETA International’s ® Student Electronic Technician (SET) certification as a pathway assessment for the Electronics and Computer Technology Pathway. Additionally, students can earn this assessment to meet the requirements of the Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma. The state will cover the costs of the assessment as well.

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The NCEE (National Coalition for Electronics Education) and allied associations encourage the nation’s school systems to adopt these competencies for their basic electronics high school courses.

ETA’s Student Electronic Technician certification is aimed for high school students which allows, with minimal training, the opportunity to earn a basic beginners certification. ETA’s SET also has an optional hands-on component that can be used as a part of the training process.

The NCEE (National Coalition for Electronics Education) and allied associations encourage the nation’s school systems to adopt these competencies for their basic electronics high school courses.
ETA is a not-for-profit trade association that supports the academic, social and professional needs of the electronics professional. With the assistance of ETA partner schools and administrators, ETA offers a unique certification process to recognize those individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in their fields.

As a worldwide provider of accredited, vendor-neutral electronics certifications, ETA always seeks to meet the educational and training needs of educators in the electronics industry. ETA recognizes that quality training and certification for instructors and students helps give institutions an edge and helps to produce well-rounded professionals who are better prepared to join the workforce.

In Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania, state education departments have spent time in the past few years attempting to find a way to include proof that students can perform actual electronics worker tasks. The State of Indiana has spent the past ten years or so developing an assessment program, which is primarily hands-on. Indiana describes eleven different tasks, such as: troubleshooting; soldering and identifying parts on a board; instructing a new employee in the use of an oscilloscope; emergency custom-making a PC unit at the end of a manufacturing run that was short one unit; and so forth. These tasks are those that employers have indicated they expect electronics graduates to be able to master.            

Hundreds of institutions have already registered as ETA-approved schools and training centers for administering ETA certification exams, both online and on site. In addition, educators can register to become Certification Administrators, and ETA can approve coursework for use as preparation for ETA’s electronics certification exams. ETA can assist each institution and student with ETA’s downloadable study materials and practice tests.

If a school would like ETA to approve a course or training materials currently offered, ETA officials will review and offer the potential of on-site verifications. To qualify, a school must provide ETA the necessary materials to show: course syllabus; lab, test equipment, and text materials used; what, if any, testing is done; number of hours contained in the course; applicable course level; and instructor credentials. An ETA course approval application form may be accessed on the ETA website and course approval is valid for a period of four years, after which an ETA approved school must resubmit an application for renewal.
Students should enroll in Indiana Career Explorer, complete interest inventories, and investigate careers in clusters & pathways prior to or during the time they create their individual Pathway Plans.

Indiana’s College and Career Pathways are defined as an aligned sequence of secondary and postsecondary courses that leads to an industry-recognized credential or technical certification, or an associates or baccalaureate degree at an accredited postsecondary institution, or a registered apprenticeship in an occupation labeled as high wage and moderate-to-high demand in Indiana, or an occupation within the eight emerging career areas identified in the Indiana Strategic Skills Initiative or approved by the Pathways Management Team.

Download this press release at –’sSETaspartofthePathwaysPlan.pdf

ETA® International - Founded in 1978, Electronics Technicians Association International is a not-for-profit, professional association promoting excellence in electronics technologies through certifications. The association’s initiatives are to provide a prominent certification program of competency criteria and testing benchmarks that steer international electronic standards and renowned professional electronics credentials. Today, ETA has issued over 115,000 technical certifications covering more than 70 certification programs in a variety of electronics fields. The association consists of over 5,000 members, 625 Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) serving on various Industry Advisory Committees and 1,010 Exam/Certification Administrators (CA’s). (

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