ETA Smart Home Certifications

Certified Alarm Security Technician (CAST)

Alarm Security Technicians must be able to identify and describe the operations of alarms and have basic understanding of technology and its configuration, fiber optics-telecommunications, software, and computers and locks. The CAST will be able to explain, understand, and use block diagrams and schematics, digital concepts, software, hand tools-soldering, data communications, and cameras and intercoms.


If you hold a Stand-Alone CAST and later complete the Associate CET (CETa), then you are eligible to upgrade to a Journeyman CET! To apply for the Journeyman CET, you must have two or more years of training/experience. To upgrade, please fill out the Journeyman CET upgrade form. Journeyman upgrades are $55.


Additional Information

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

CAST 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

Electronic Security Networking Technician (ESNT)

The ESNT was developed for technicians who have gained knowledge and skills needed to properly cable, connect, install, program and troubleshoot IP-enabled security devices onto local area networks and the Internet. This certification is an acknowledgement of the examinee’s familiarization and understanding of the hardware and theory of operation of this medium. It is a stand-alone certification that can also be used as a Journeyman option.


If you hold a Stand-Alone ESNT and later complete the Associate CET (CETa), then you are eligible to upgrade to a Journeyman CET! To apply for the Journeyman CET, you must have two or more years of training/experience. To upgrade, please fill out the Journeyman CET upgrade form. Journeyman upgrades are $55.


Additional Information

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

ESNT Exam Info

Price: $105
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 80
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Smart Technology Systems (STS)

Smart Technology Systems is a professional certification for those who design and oversee the installation and integration of electronics systems in residences and light commercial buildings. The objective of the integrator is to produce a residential or light commercial electronics systems package that will allow all data, control, and communication signals to be integrated at the premise controller and converged into one secure cohesive communication stream, to either be used within the premise or to be passed back and forth through the gateway. The technician should be proficient in the many protocols used over diverse media to communicate with and control residential and light commercial electronics systems.

Available STS Endorsements:

  1. Audio-Video (AV) - $80
  2. Computer Networking (CN) - $80
  3. Environmental Controls (EC) - $80
  4. Security-Surveillance (SS) - $80

The Smart Technology Systems exam is HALF PRICE if taken with one or more endorsements at the same time!


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! 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.

STS Exam Info

Price: $105
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exams: 75-80
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours
What's covered?

Master Smart Technology Systems (STSma)

The Master STS will be proficient in all of the core STS skills and knowledge and in planning and designing electronics and communications equipment systems and layout for new and existing construction. The Master STS is capable of designing the entire system and network for audio, video, data and control of security and environment to function in one IP bit stream converged at the home controller. He/she is also capable of troubleshooting and debugging the system and planning installation or modifications. The Master STS has extensive knowledge of the operation and technology and is proficient in each of the basic five subcategories of smart technology electronics.


The Master STS certification prerequisites include successfully completing the core STS certification requirements plus holding each of the four STS endorsements-Audio Video, Computer Networking, Environmental Control, and Security-Surveillance.


Additional Information

  • FREE retake! ETA allows one free retake with all ETA certification exams after a 30-day waiting period.*

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

STSma Exam Info

Price: $80
Type of Certification: N/A
Maintenance Required: No
Certification Term: N/A
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 75
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.