NSCA to offer new college programs for contractors

Jan. 13, 2006
Jan. 13, 2006 - New programs will be unveiled at the expo in March.

The National Systems Contractors Association plans to offer six new colleges designed to help educate people in the commercial electronic systems industry.

The association will unveil the college programs at the NSCA Expo 2006 in March.

The association (NSCA) says it is offering the new program as a response to a growing need of new, expanded, and more diverse education for all systems professionals. The NSCA training and certification programs have been organized to offer current and future participants more convenience and greater educational value.

"There is a critical need for training and certification at all levels in our industry," says Brad Nelson, NSCA board member and president of Sound Solutions Northwest, Inc. "We structured the new NSCA University colleges so that anyone can build or expand their knowledge of a particular field or fields. The new curriculum provides customized education to all levels of experience."

The NSCA University curricula is designed to provide educational and career growth opportunities for every employee of a commercial electronic systems company. Administrative support, sales, techs and installers, managers and executives will all find complete training programs that were created by leading industry subject matter experts. Nelson says consultants, architects, system operators, and other allied professionals will also benefit from world-class NSCA training programs.

The new NSCA University colleges are: Project Management, Systems Sales, System Design, Technical Knowledge, Business, and Allied Professionals. Each college is comprised of best practices, skills, and information that are tailored to the demands of the respective discipline. Industry professionals may achieve a completion certificate from any of the NSCA University colleges by accumulating a predetermined number of Learning Units within the college of choice. Learning Units are completed by attending the online or in-person instructional courses offered by a college.

The NSCA plans to partner with industry-leading manufacturers, consulting firms, other associations and technical education providers to offer pre-approved curricula as NSCA University Learning Units.

"We also wanted the new curriculum and learning unit program to work harmoniously with training and certification provided by our esteemed education partners," Nelson adds. "Through collaboration with organizations such as Syn-Aud-Con, Enterprise Performance Consulting, and select manufacturers, we ensure that electronic systems professionals receive the most advanced training and obtain proper recognition of their achievements."

The NSCA will track all courses taken since 2003 and apply Learning Units as appropriate for those participants.

The NSCA is based in Cedar Rapids, IA. For more information visit www.nsca.org.

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