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Associations Focus: AV Industry Evolution

Dec 1, 2006 12:00 PM

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NSCA joined forces with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) to form the Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA), to serve as the foundation of a career-ready workforce for the electronic systems contracting industry.

“There is strength in numbers,” says Chuck Wilson, chairman of ESPA and executive director of NSCA. “By coming together and offering a single entry-level education and certification platform for all industry organizations, ESPA will be universally recognized as the gateway to a career in electronic systems contracting.”

The demand for electronic systems in homes and businesses has steadily increased, causing a need for additional qualified technicians. ESPA plans to meet this need by providing the industry's workforce with job-ready professionals who carry credible certification.

The leaders of CEA, CEDIA, and NSCA recognize the confusion of having various competing entry-level education and certification products in the marketplace. ESPA will provide one set of fundamental best practices common among all industry organizations. After achieving ESPA certification, technicians then have the option to pursue advancement through existing specialized programs offered by individual trade groups. Because the new alliance is open to all electronics organizations, ESPA may become the common denominator for millions of workers seeking higher-wage technical careers.

ESPA anticipates rolling out its education/certification programs in late 2007.


At the Ninth Annual NSCA Fall Business Conference held in October, Sandy Schroeder, director of strategic planning and integration for Shure's U.S. business unit, announced that Shure will again commit $25,000 to a fundraising campaign for the NSCA Education Foundation. As an added bonus, Atlas Sound announced it will also commit $25,000 toward this campaign, bringing the total to $50,000 in matching funds.

“Once again, we will be supporting the NSCA Education Foundation with a matching contribution campaign in 2007,” says Al Hershner, vice president and general manager of Shure U.S. “The exciting news is that Atlas Sound has agreed to join us in this year's matching campaign. We hope that other manufacturers will join us in our effort to support the continued education and training of tomorrow's audio professionals.”

As part of this year's campaign, Shure and Atlas will each match up to 50 percent of contributions made to the NSCA Education Foundation through July 31, 2007, with a maximum from each company of $25,000. For more information about the campaign, visit


NSCA has announced that The Commitments will bring the sounds of “Dublin Soul” to the next NSCA ExpoJam. The event is scheduled for March 14, 2007, at the Rosen Centre Hotel, located adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center. ExpoJam, sponsored by L-Acoustics U.S., will continue the tradition of great music and superior sound that it brings to droves of NSCA attendees each year.

The event is free for Expo attendees and will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., immediately following the Opening Night Contractor Caper, also slated to be held in the Rosen Centre from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. on March 14.

NSCA Expo 2007 is set for March 15-17, 2007, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. For more information on NSCA Expo 2007, visit

NSCA Calendar of Events

Dec. 22
C-SI Online Review Begins for Atlanta Exam

Jan. 6
EST Level Training Winter Session Enrollment Deadline

Jan. 12
C-EST Online Review Begins for Expo Exam

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