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Since 1978, the Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA) a not-for-profit, independent certification and testing organization dedicated to serving the needs and interests of the industry has certified tens of thousands of electronics technicians worldwide. ETAs industry-based examinations are modeled after international competency standards. Each discipline utilizes its own group of educators and practitioners, plus wide industry reviews, to arrive at standards agreements. All ETA certifications measure competencies of persons, not products or companies.


How to register: Several available registration options. Online, Phone, Call Center, or Directly at center. Walk-in are available after 11am except on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Important: Be sure to bring 2 forms of ID: one must be government issued and photo-bearing Training material can be ordered by phone or online For testing vouchers call (919) 677-9026 For sample questions, please visit www.eta-i.com Follow this link to learn more about the ETA certification exam competencies.


ETA is made up of Certified Professionals in all fields including Fiber Optics Technician, Fiber Optics Technician - Outside Plant, Fiber Optics Designer, Biomedical, Biomedical Imaging, Student Electronics Technician, "Hands On" components for the Associate and Student certifications, Certified Service Manager,Satellite and Satellite Installer Endorsements, Computer Network System Technician, Data Cabling Installer, RF Linesweeping, Certified Web Specialist Certified Alarm Security Technician, Customer Service, Computer and Computer Networking, Telecommunications, Wireless Communications, Consumer Electronics, Audio-Video Distribution, Avionics, Industrial Electronics, and Radar. ETA members range in occupation from college professors to beginner installers and technicians to company chairmen.

An electronics technician who successfully passes an ETA certification exam is recognized as having the necessary knowledge and technical skills to meet de facto international standards. Becoming an ETA Certified Student, Associate, Journeyman, Senior or Master Electronics Technician identifies you as a technician who has passed strict international electronics industry testing requirements. Any electronics technician may take the ETA certification exam. Typically, technicians interested in certification work in the commercial or government sector, for an electronics retailer/distributor, for an independent service & support organization and are often shop owners, educators, independent consultants, or military personnel.

Follow this link to learn more about the certification exam competencies.


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. FCC rules require that licensees of ship, aircraft, and international fixed public radiocommunication stations permit only persons holding the appropriate FCC-issued commercial operator license to perform specified transmitter operation, maintenance and repair duties. FCC licenses are required by law to operate and maintain many types of communications equipment. The broadcast, aeronautics and maritime industries are the primary license holders. Many other fields require FCC licenses. New technologies are evolving which demand highly qualified technicians and operators to comply with stringent procedures and regulations.

The FCC does not administer commercial operator license examinations. To obtain a new or upgraded FCC commercial operator license, you must pass an examination administered at out testing facility. Upon passing the examination(s), the ETA will issue you one or more Proof of Passing Certificates (PPCs) that you must include with your license application.

The FCC currently issues the following types of commercial operator licenses and endorsements:

Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit                                                                                                                                           Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit-Limited Use                                                                                                                           Marine Radio Operator Permit                                                                                                                                                       General Radiotelephone Operator License                                                                                                                                                 GMDSS Radio Operator's License                                                                                                                                                           Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator's License                                                                                                                                           GMDSS Radio Maintainer's License                                                                                                                                                         GMDSS Radio Operator/Maintainer License                                                                                                                                     Third Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate                                                                                                                           Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate                                                                                                                           First Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate                                                                                                                                       Ship Radar Endorsement                                                                                                                                                                       Six Month Service Endorsement

Exams Fees

General Radiotelephone Operator's License (GROL)
Elements 1 & 3.Total examination cost: $50. Term: Life

Elements 1 & 7a.Total examination cost: $50. Term: Life

GMDSS-Radio Operator's License
Elements 1 & 7. Total examination cost: $50. Term: Life

GMDSS-Radio Maintainer's License
Element 1, 3 & 9. Total examination cost: $70.Term: Life

GMDSS Operator Maintainer w/ Ship Radar Endorsement
Element 1, 3, 7, 8 & 9.Total examination cost: $110.Term: Life

GROL w/ Ship Radar Endorsement
Element 1, 3 & 8.Total examination cost: $70.Term: Life

Ship Radar Endorsement
Element 8. Total examination cost: $50. Term: Life

First Class Radiotelegraph Operator Certificate
Written Elements 1, 5 & 6; Telegraphy Elements 3 & 4.Total examination cost: $90.Term: 5 years

Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator Certificate
Written Elements 1, 5 & 6; Telegraphy Elements 1 & 2.Total examinationcost: $90.Term: 5 years

Third Class Radiotelegraph Operator Certificate
Written Elements 1 & 5; Telegraphy Elements 1 & 2.Total examination cost: $70. Term: 5 years

FCC Renewals Filed By ETAand NC Elite CSC
Cost: $80