To prepare technicians for the electronic systems technician, EST, certification exam March 21, 2004 at the NSCA Systems Integration Expo in Las Vegas, the NSCA has scheduled an online prep course for the weeks of January 5 through February 23, 2004.

Led by NSCA Master Instructor Larry Garter, this fast-track program will provide an overview of what technicians may encounter on the C-EST exam, including such wide-ranging topics as pathways and spaces, introduction to codes and standards, electrical test equipment, voice and data systems, switching devices and timers, fiber optics and more. Four of these said modules and many others will be covered each week utilizing Blackboard, an interactive, internet-based medium that is very popular among universities and community colleges. Information for review, including instructor video clips and assignments, will be posted on a weekly basis to be accessed at a time most convenient for the student.

The first C-EST exam will be held on the final day of the NSCA Systems Integration Expo March 21 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Exhibit dates for the Expo are March 19-21. NSCA will roll out more advanced levels of the EST Training Series in the fall of 2004 and these courses may also be taken to help students advance their continuing education.

Anyone may sit for the C-EST exam, although those people with less than two years of experience must wait until two years of experience has been reached before receiving the certification designation. The C-EST is a pre-requisite to the NSCA's more advanced certification, the registered electronic systems integrator, R-ESI. For more information on the NSCA's two systems certifications or to register for the January training, visit or contact the NSCA at (800) 446-6722.