SBCA, HDMI Licensing Endorse ESPA
The Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA), which seeks to establish an industry-first entry-level universal certification and education program for “electronic systems technicians,” gained two more affiliates last week: the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA) and HDMI Licensing.
The news follows an announcement last month that CompTIA and Tweeter Home Entertainment had become ESPA affiliates.
“Associations and businesses with a stake in a well-trained, certified electronic systems workforce are taking note of ESPA and applauding what we are trying to accomplish,” said ESPA Managing Director Deb Rolfes. “I think it is a positive indicator that seven organizations so far have come together to contribute to the effort, and I believe we will be announcing even more affiliates in the near term.”
SBCA represents the satellite industry, while HDMI Licensing drives the HDMI audio/video connection standard. ESPA was founded by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) and the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA).
ESPA affiliates will help standardize terms, definitions and best practices for the program, and will be included in ESPA promotional activities. The ESPA program is slated for a fourth-quarter rollout.
“We believe that training the next generation of electronic systems technicians on satellite basics is a critical step for expansion,” said SBCA Executive Director Patricia Sumler. “As an ESPA Affiliate, SBCA will have the opportunity to influence newcomers to the industry and ensure that they can distinguish the myth from the fact regarding satellite broadcasting.”
“We want to broadly communicate HDMI’s one-cable simplicity and the superior digital audio and video capabilities of the HDMI 1.3 specification,” said HDMI Licensing President Leslie Chard. “By contributing to the industry’s first universal training and certification program, we ensure that there is an entire workforce in the marketplace that knows the essentials of the HDMI standard and can distinguish fact from fiction.”