The Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA)

The Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA) was founded by CEDIA, CTA and NSCA and existed from 2006-2022. ESPA provided training materials to education partners, coordinated workforce development activities, and oversaw the Electronic Systems Technician (EST) certification which certified over 3,000 individuals. Electronic Systems Technicians install and service low-voltage electronic systems in residential and commercial environments. This includes systems such as audio, video, lighting, control, security and telecommunications.


The Electronic Systems (EST) Certification was administered in the United States from 2006-2022. To earn the certification, candidates must have scored 70% or higher on a 100-question proctored exam covering the following knowledge domains:

  • Electrical Basics
  • Tools
  • Construction Methods & Materials
  • Wiring & Installation Practices
  • Standards, Codes and Safety Practices

The ESPA EST was a non-renewable, entry-level certification and was valid for five years. If you are an employer who needs to verify the status of an individual’s EST certification, please contact certification@cedia.org or call the CEDIA Certification department at 317- 328-4336.


Job Seekers & Technicians

In 2022, the ESPA EST Certification was replaced by the new CEDIA Cabling & Infrastructure Technician (CIT) Certification which continues to be a gateway for individuals starting a career in the exciting world of technology integration.  Learn more about career pathways at:



Education Partners

Please visit CEDIA’s Workforce Development page or contact us at ttabor@cedia.org to explore how we can partner with you to train students and connect them to employers in the systems integration industry. CEDIA offers textbooks, curriculum and other resources designed around the Cabling & Infrastructure Technician framework.