ETA Updates the Electric Vehicle Technician Certification in the Renewable Energy Program

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With rapid technological breakthroughs and increasing demand for qualified technicians in the renewable energy industry, ETA International’s Electric Vehicle Technician (EVT) has been revised and updated.

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An ETA Electric Vehicle Technician cetification is your key to a successful career pathway in renewable energy.

President Obama announced his goal to “…become the first country to have one million Electric Vehicles on the road by 2015”.

ETA’s Electric Vehicle Technician (EVT) certification program has been refined by subject matter experts (SME’s) over the last two years. The competencies, hands-on skills tasks, knowledge examination and separate safety examination are now ready for public distribution.

This past year in his State of the Union address, President Obama announced his goal to “…become the first country to have one million Electric Vehicles on the road by 2015”. With a waiting list of some 20,000 Americans for the electric Nissan Leaf alone, and billions of dollars in federal grants to manufacturers and educational institutions, America may be well on the way to achieving this goal.

With ETA's EVT certification, present and future auto technicians must demonstrate that they are capable of safely troubleshooting and repairing Electric Vehicles coming on the market over the next several years. With high voltage (300 VDC and higher) and the safety issues that follow, technicians will be required to receive specialized training before they are allowed to open the hood of an EV. The government’s EV initiative has already granted millions of dollars to educational institutions for education and workforce training programs.

The biggest difference between the EVT certification and others currently in the ETA certification programs list is that EVT certification contains a separate 30-question safety examination that requires a perfect score for passage. The written knowledge test consists of 75 questions with a 75% score required for passage. A separate 46-item skills hands-on assessment that tests the skills and knowledge of electric vehicle fundamentals and safety requirements is also required to earn the EVT stand-alone certification.

As of this publication, approved schools for the EVT course include Rio Hondo College in Whittier, CA and Ameri-Skills in Ramona, CA. Interested individuals must receive training from an ETA approved school.

In order to offer the ETA Electric Vehicle Technician Certifications, schools must complete an ETA course approval application. Who should offer ETA’s Electric Vehicle Technician certification program? All universities, community colleges, secondary schools, workforce development, career and technical/vocational training centers along with proprietary automotive training centers and all automotive technicians can easily implement the certification process. Visit the ETA website for an application for EVT course approval at
ETA certifications are widely recognized and frequently used in worker job selection, hiring processes, pay increases and advancements. ETA’s certifications are personal and travel with the individual, as they measure competencies of persons, not products or vendors. Each year, more than 10,000 technical professionals receive their certification from ETA for many reasons, including: quality of assessments, industry recognition, variety of certification programs, accreditation, opportunity for career progression and availability of testing locations worldwide.

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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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