Basic Electronics

Associate Certified Electronics Technician (CETa)

FREE Basic Electronics Practice Exam!The Associate Certified Electronics Technician (CETa) is designed for encompassing the basic electronics theory and applications used in all electronics disciplines including electrical theory, test equipment, circuits, telecommunications basics, and work procedures. By doing so, the Associate is the foundation for ETA’s journeyman, senior, and master specialty, and master certification programs. The CETa is designed for technicians having less than two years’ experience or training in electronics. The CETa also has an optional hands-on component that can be used as a part of the training process and will be noted upon completion and passing of the CETa examination. Once a technician has completed the four year term, they should specialize and take a Journeyman option.


The Associate exam is HALF PRICE if taken with a Journeyman certification at the same time!


If you hold a CertTEC BEE certification with all four modules current, then you are eligible to rollover to an ETA Associate Electronics Technician certification! To apply, you must fill out the rollover form, and send a copy of your BEE certificate showing all four modules checked and up-to-date to ETA via fax (765) 653-4287 or email. CETa rollovers are $65.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.


eITprep LogoETA is proud to partner with eITprep to offer an online study resource for this ETA certification - only $59.95! This particular course is the online version of the popular ETA Associate CET Study Guide. You will have 6 months to complete the content. These courses are for self-study or certification maintenance purposes only, and do not lead to certification. You will need to sit for the appropriate exam by contacting an ETA Certification Administrator and/or ETA-Approved School.

CETa Exam Info

Price: $65
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 100
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Basic Systems Technician (BST)

The Basic Systems Technician (BST) stand-alone certification is for individuals trained in the basic foundational levels of electronics used in troubleshooting systems and their functions without the need for component circuit analysis. The intent is to introduce a foundation of skills (in a wide variety of electronic industries) needed by technical personnel to advance their competency and efficiency with their work endeavor. If not specifically stated, the most recent technical standard revision is referenced. The BST is a foundational electronics systems certification and the next concentration up in knowledge is the Associate CET.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

BST Exam Info

Price: $80
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Electronics Modules (EM1-5)

FREE Basic Electronics Practice Exam!The Electronics Modules program is based on ETA’s Associate level certification, and is divided into five modules. The purpose of this is to align with a growing portion of the electronics education industry that is charged with providing electronics training that does not include the total content of traditional basic electronics courses.

In some instances, technical institutions are asked to provide training in only certain areas of electronics. This is so companies that need only narrower skills and knowledge (than one expects of a complete Associate CET) can employ workers who have required knowledge and skills for only the technology and processes used at that company.

To provide a path for the technician leading to the Associate CET (CETa) credential, the five BASIC modules of the Associate CET can be acquired individually through the Electronics Modules (EM1-5) program. Once a technician attains all five module certifications, ETA will issue an official Associate CET certification (all five EM modules must be current). Hands-on skills exam components are available. The technician may also choose to gain only those modules needed in order to be employable. The Electronics Modules are also a great retention tool.


Available Electronics Modules

  1. DC (EM1)
  2. AC (EM2)
  3. Analog (EM3)
  4. Digital (EM4)
  5. Comprehensive (EM5)

Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

EM1-5 Exam Info

Price: $30 each
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exams: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours
What's covered?

Student Electronics Technician (SET)

FREE Basic Electronics Practice Exam!The Student Electronics Technician is for high school and post-secondary programs that offer training in basic electronic applications, and is ETA’s most basic electronics certification. The SET can be used for program assessment as well. The SET also has an optional hands-on component that can be used as a part of the training process and will be noted upon completion and passing of the SET examination.



NOCTI LogoThrough a partnership with ETA, the Student Electronics Technician certification exam is also available through NOCTI. Please visit www.nocti.org for information on taking the SET as well as costs for the exam and optional hands-on component.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

SET Exam Info

Price: $35
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required: No
Certification Term: 2 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 100
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours


Taking an ETA Certification Exam

Why Choose ETA® International?

Founded in 1978, ETA represents many different technical areas, from the technician and educator to the corporate institution.

Widely known for our vendor-neutral programs, and accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC), ETA helps you validate your knowledge and excel in your field.

ETA has issued over 200,000 technical certifications covering more than 80 certification programs in a variety of technology fields. You can find ETA-certified professionals working for many well-known companies such as Motorola, Google, ESPN, and the United States Armed Forces.

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Prepare For An Exam

Certification competencies are a well-ordered categorized structural listing of knowledge, standards reference, industry best practices, testing, and troubleshooting subject items necessary to be proficient in a given technology. You can find the corresponding competency to each ETA certification in their respective information box, located to the right of the certification description. Certification examination questions are derived from their respective competencies. ETA subject matter experts (SMEs) are vital proponents developing and improving each competency.

ETA offers many of the suggested study materials (listed at the end of each of our competencies) in the ETA online store. If you don't see the specific book you are looking for, then please check online or at your local bookstore.

ETA understands each individual is different in regards to their experiences, education, and skill sets. That's why ETA does not require examinees to purchase study materials. By knowing the topics listed on the corresponding competency, an examinee can feel confident that they will succeed on the exam.

ETA publishes two books in-house for the popular Associate CET (CETa) basic electronics and Customer Service Specialist (CSS) workforce readiness certifications. Each of these study guides are written by industry professionals, and feature chapter quizzes and practice exams (actual certification examination questions are derived from their respective competencies). ETA members receive a discount on the ETA study guides. Bulk discounts are also available.

Take An Exam

Once you have decided which ETA certification exam(s) you need to take, you will need to find an ETA test site near you to take the exam by using the ETA CA Locator.

Decide whether to take the exam online with Trapeza, ETA's online testing site, or on paper. A Certification Administrator must be present no matter which method of testing you select. You will then need to schedule a time to take the exam with your chosen Certification Administrator.

As provided for under the ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act), if you require special accommodations in order to complete the certification process, then please notify your Certification Administrator when scheduling your exam.

Maintaining Your Certification

Rapid changes in technology and products have also changed the methods used in servicing them. ETA supports certification maintenance and aligns to the ISO 17024 standard. Certification maintenance is also required by ETA's accrediting body, the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC).

By maintaining your ETA certification, you provide verification that as a certified technician, you are keeping up with current technology and enhancing your abilities and knowledge.