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ETA offers both proprietary and non-proprietary certifications for Motorola and Channel Partner technicians. Motorola Solutions recommends that all technicians take the basic electronics Associate Certified Electronics Technician (CETa) - designated as CESa in Canada - exam prior to obtaining any of these certifications.

Many technicians are also choosing to achieve the full Journeyman-level CET (designated as CES in Canada) status by taking either the Wireless Communications (WCM) or the General Communications Technician - Level 2 (GCT2) certification. Others have gone on to attain Senior Status (CETsr) or even Master Status (CETma) level CET certification.

Please note that all examinees must register for training through Motorola Solutions for the Hands-On portion of the exams. ETA does not provide training. The written portion can be taken at one of ETA's many test sites around the world.

ETA has provided this page to help answer some of the most commonly asked questions about Motorola certification programs, as well as to help identify Motorola-specific resources for examination testing.

Retired Motorola Certifications:

  • The Radio Network Administrator (RNA)
  • Radio Systems Technician (RST)
  • CENTRACOM Gold Elite Console System Technician (CCT)
  • MCC5500 Dispatch Console Technician (MCC55)
  • CENTRACOM Gold Elite System Console Tech (Centracom)
  • Quantar Repeater Site Tech (QRST)
  • Wireless Broadband Value Adder Reseller Mobile (WiBB VAR)
  • Fixed and Mobile Motorola Wireless Field Engineer (MWFE)
  • Motorola Wireless Systems Engineer (MWSE)
  • Motorola Wireless Systems Administrator (MWSA)
  • Motorola Wireless Systems Technician (MWST)

Motorola ASTRO® 25 Series Certifications

ASTRO® 25 Series registration is now being taken through the Motorola LMS system. You may register for one of these sessions at https://learning.motorolasolutions.com. Motorola Technicians who take the ASTRO® 25 Series as a Stand-Alone are not yet required to take the Associate CET exam. The ASTRO® 25 series cannot be earned at a Journeyman level due to the RNA and Console certification retirements.


M Core Technician (MCT 7.x)

  • Motorola employees and affiliates are eligible for the required ASTRO® 25 IV&D M CORE WORKSHOP course.
  • Exam/Practical Hands-On are online only. Exams are not available at the course training site.
  • Passing score is 80% and there is a three hour time limit.
  • If the exam is not passed by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola ASTRO® 25 IV&D M CORE WORKSHOP class before attempting the exam again.
  • Certification is valid for four years, and not eligible for maintenance.
  • The current M Core certification exam must be retaken at or after expiration (90 day grace).
  • If the recertification exam is not passed by the first attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class to take the exam again, which will be the free retake.
  • Does not count towards Master CET (CETma) status.

Motorola Technicians who take the ASTRO® 25 Series as a Stand-Alone are not yet required to take the Associate CET exam. Attendance of the corresponding ASTRO® 25 M Core training course is mandatory.

MCT Exam Info

Prior experience with an ASTRO® 25 7.x radio system is strongly recommended as a prerequisite to the certification. The most recent radio system update is the standard.

Price (Theory/Practical): $155
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required: No
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 100
Passing Score: 80%
Time Allowed to Test: 3 hours

GTR 8000 Repeater Site Technician (GTT)

  • Motorola employees and affiliates are eligible for the required ASTRO® 25 IV&D GTR 8000 REPEATER SITE WORKSHOP course.
  • Exam/Practical Hands-On are online only. Exams are not available at the course training site.
  • Passing score is 80% and there is a three hour time limit.
  • If the exam is not passed by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola ASTRO® 25 IV&D GTR 8000 REPEATER SITE WORKSHOP class and take the exam again.
  • Certification is valid for four years, and not eligible for maintenance.
  • The current GTR 8000 Repeater Site certification exam must be retaken after expiration (90 day grace).
  • If the recertification exam is not passed by the first attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class and take the exam again, which will be the free retake.
  • Does not count towards Master CET (CETma) status.

Motorola Technicians who take the ASTRO® 25 Series as a Stand-Alone are not yet required to take the Associate CET exam. Attendance of the corresponding ASTRO® 25 GTR 8000 Repeater Site training course is mandatory.

GTT Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $155
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required: No
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 65
Passing Score: 80%
Time Allowed to Test: 3 hours

ASTRO® 25 RF Site Preventative Maintenance (ASPM)

  • Motorola employees and affiliates are eligible for the required course: SRV0039 - ASTRO® 25 RF Trunked Repeater Site Level 1 Preventive Maintenance Best Practices.
  • Exam/practical are available to be taken via test booklet. Recall the ASTRO® 25 RF Site life cycle certifications are Installation, Site Performance Verification and then Preventative Maintenance.
  • Passing score is 75% and there is a two hour time limit for the 75 question examination.
  • If the exam is not passed by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola RF Site Preventative Maintenance class and take the exam again.
  • Stand-Alone certification is valid for four years and does not count towards Master CET (CETma) status, but is eligible within the Master Specialty (CETms) program.
  • Eligible for maintenance, and must be retaken after expiration (90 day grace).
  • If the recertification exam is not passed by the first attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class and take the exam again, which will be the free retake.

Motorola Technicians who take the ASTRO® 25 Series as a Stand-Alone are not yet required to take the Associate CET exam. Attendance of the corresponding ASTRO® 25 RF Site Preventative Maintenace training course is mandatory.

ASPM Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $105
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Motorola Communication Site Certifications


Communication Site Installer (R56)

  • Motorola Solutions employees, Channel Partners, customers and Site system personnel can attend.
  • Must complete a Motorola Solutions COMMUNICATIONS SITE INSTALLATION PRACTICES WORKSHOP (R56) training course. Courses may be offered live or in the field. Provide written evidence of having attended the instructor-led Motorola Solutions Site Installation Practices Workshop listed as NST925.
  • Examination must be taken within a year of completing the required R56 training course.
  • Can be taken as ETA Stand-Alone certified R56 or as a Journeyman CET Option with the Associate CET (CETa).
  • If the exam is not passed (75%) by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class again to be eligible to take the exam 3rd attempt. Only the NST925 will be acceptable for this circumstance.
  • See 2017 Standards and Guidelines for Communication Sites (R56) manual.
  • R56 certification is valid for four years and not eligible for certification maintenance.
  • Recertification of R56 Certification:
    • The R56 recertification procedures are outlined on page 2 of the Communication Site Installer (R56) Certification Preparation Guide. Completion of the full NST925 course is suggested but not required.
      • If the recertification exam is not passed by the first attempt, then the individual must attend the NST925 Motorola class to take the exam again, which will be the free retake.
      • If your recent R56 certification has fully expired (outside the 90 day grace period), you are required to take the NST925 course before sitting for R56 recertification examination.

    If you hold a Standalone R56 and later complete the Associate CET (CETa), then you are eligible to upgrade to a Journeyman CET! To apply for the Journeyman CET, you must have two or more years of combined work and electronics training. To upgrade, please fill out the Journeyman CET upgrade form. Journeyman upgrades are $55.


    Additional Information

R56 Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $105
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required: No
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 112
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Communication Site Inspector / Auditor (CSIA)

  • Only Motorola employees and affiliates invited by Motorola Solutions authorization are eligible.
  • Must complete a Motorola Communications Site Inspector/Auditor (CSIA) training course.
  • Examination must be taken within a year of completing the required training course.
  • If the initial CSIA exam is not passed (75%) by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class and take the exam again.
  • Journeyman Option only. Must have attained the Associate CET (CETa) certification as a prerequisite. The CSIA will not be issued without the Associate CET to attain the Journeyman Option.
  • Prerequisite certifications must be completed no later than ONE year of passing the below certification examinations.
  • Certification is valid for four years and not eligible for the maintenance. Course/Exam must be retaken at expiration.
  • Additional CSIA (R56 Auditor) information will be updated and available soon.

  • Recertification of CSIA Certification
    The full training class for CSIA provided by Motorola Solutions has been updated. The CSIA Auditor course is NEW and much more advanced than the R56 information. Until more detailed CSIA information is available, please review the updated R56 information.
    • Anyone that renewed their CSIA certification (formerly CSII) during 2015-2018 will not be required to attend the updated class until their certification four year term is complete.
    • Anyone who let their prior CSII/CSIA certification expire (earned prior to June 2014) can only recertify via the new CSIA Auditor details course. The full training class for CSIA provided by Motorola Solutions has been updated. Please contact ETA or your Motorola Solutions Account Representative and/or Customer Support Manager for more information.

CSIA Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $105
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required: No
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 120
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Other Motorola Certifications

ETA also offers the following certifications for Motorola Solutions technicians, Motorola Solutions representatives, and those invited by Motorola Solutions attempting to achieve ETA Journeyman Certified Electronics Technician (CET) status. The Associate CET (CETa) is a prerequisite for all Journeyman certifications as well as two or more years of experience.


Antenna Systems Commissioning (ASC)

Formerly Antenna System Analysis (ASA)

  • Motorola employees and affiliates only unless specifically invited.
  • Must complete the MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS ANTENNA SYSTEM COMMISSIONING USING A FREQUENCY DOMAIN REFLECTOMETER training course.
  • Must have attained the RF Wireless Communications Journeyman CET or CETsr certification prior to the ASC course. RF Wireless Communications Journeyman certification is attained by taking either the Associate CET (CETa) or General Communications Technician - Level 1 (GCT1) certification PLUS either the Wireless Communications (WCM) or General Communications Technician - Level 2 (GCT2) certification. The technician must be RF Wireless Communications Journeyman-certified or become RF Wireless Communications Journeyman certified before the ASC certification can be issued.
  • This Frequency Domain Reflectometer (FDR) certification includes a hands-on verification of modern FDR equipment usage and a written exam that must be passed with a score of 75%.
  • Prerequisite certifications must be completed no later than ONE year of passing the below certification examinations.
  • Examination must be taken within a year of completing the required training course.
  • If the exam is not passed by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class and take the exam again.
  • Must be renewed through the Maintenance program.

ASC Exam Info

Those wishing to take the ASC must have an RF Wireless Journeyman CET or CETsr certification. Please see the ASC description for more details.

Price (Theory/Practical): $105
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 100
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

RF Signal Investigation Techniques (RFSIT)

  • Motorola employees and affiliates only unless specifically invited.
  • Motorola technologists and engineers who have completed the the MOTOROLA RF SIGNAL INVESTIGATION TECHNIQUES USING A SPECTRUM ANALYZER training course are eligible to sit for the exam.
  • This spectrum analysis certification includes a hands-on verification of modern spectrum analyzer equipment usage and a written exam that must be passed with a score of 75% or higher.
  • Journeyman Option only. The RFSIT will not be issued without having attained the Associate CET (CETa) or General Communications Technician - Level 1 (GCT1) certification.
  • Prerequisite certifications must be completed no later than ONE year of passing the below certification examinations.
  • Examination must be taken within a year of completing the required training course.
  • If the exam is not passed by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class and take the exam again.
  • Must be maintained through the Maintenance program.

RFSIT Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $105
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

T1 Link Verification (T1LV)

  • Must complete the T1 Link Verification training course.
  • Examination must be taken within a year of taking the required training course.
  • If the exam is not passed by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class and take the exam again.
  • Journeyman Option only. The T1 will not be issued without having attained the Associate CET (CETa) or General Communications Technician - Level 1 (GCT1) certification.
  • Prerequisite certifications must be completed no later than ONE year of passing the below certification examinations.
  • Must be maintained through the Maintenance program.

T1LV Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $105
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: Yes
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

GTR 8000 P25 RF Site Performance Verification (GTR-SPV)

  • Motorola employees and affiliates only unless invited and Motorola Solutions authorization given.
  • Must have prior experience with ASTRO25 GTR 8000 P25 base radio sites and equipment. The GTT is not a prerequisite, but recommended.
  • Applicable two-day GTR 8000 P25 RF Site Performance Verification procedure training course is available but not mandatory. Contact your local Motorola Account Representative and/or Customer Support Manager.
  • Is available as an ETA Journeyman or Stand-Alone certification; not to be confused with the Stand-Alone type of GTR 8000 hardware platform or the GTT above.
  • The exam must be authorized by Motorola Solutions.

If you hold a Standalone GTR-SPV and later complete the Associate CET (CETa), then you are eligible to upgrade to a Journeyman CET! To apply for the Journeyman CET, you must have two or more years of combined training/experience. To upgrade, please fill out the Journeyman CET upgrade form. Journeyman upgrades are $55.

GTR-SPV Exam Info

Prior experience with GTR 8000 P25 base radio sites and equipment is strongly recommended as a prerequisite to the certification.

Price (Theory/Practical): $105
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 100
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

APX® Radio Technician (APX®)

  • The APX® Radio Subscriber and Tools Technician certification is for specifically invited Motorola Solutions employees and attendees. The exam must be authorized by Motorola Solutions.
  • Follow ETA's APX® Subscriber and Tools Certification Prep Guide procedures, pre-requisites and competencies.
  • Must have prior experience with APX® Radio Subscriber and Tools systems and equipment.
  • Must complete the APX010 or RDS1023 APX® SUBSCRIBER (Motorola Solutions internal only) training course as the pre-requisite.
  • Other separate APX® training suggested on the Motorola Solutions Training site are highly suggested.
  • Examination must be taken within a year of taking the required training course that must be passed with a score of 75% or higher from the 75 questions. Exam taken as part of the course.
  • If the exam is not passed by the second attempt, then the individual must attend another Motorola class and take the exam again.
  • Available as an ETA Stand-Alone certification; not to be confused with the Stand-Alone type of APX® 7000 Radio hardware platform or user training courses.
  • Indefinite certification term, no recertification necessary; not eligible for either Master CET (CETma) or Master Specialty (CETms) certifications.

APX® Exam Info

Price (Theory/Practical): $105
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required: No
Certification Term: N/A
Hands-On Required: No
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours


Taking an ETA Certification Exam

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Widely known for our vendor-neutral programs, and accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC), ETA helps you validate your knowledge and excel in your field.

ETA has issued over 200,000 technical certifications covering more than 90 certification programs in a variety of technology fields. You can find ETA-certified professionals working for many well-known companies such as Motorola, Google, ESPN, and the United States Armed Forces.

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Prepare For An Exam

Certification competencies are a well-ordered categorized structural listing of knowledge, standards reference, industry best practices, testing, and troubleshooting subject items necessary to be proficient in a given technology. You can find the corresponding competency to each ETA certification in their respective information box, located to the right of the certification description. Certification examination questions are derived from their respective competencies. ETA subject matter experts (SMEs) are vital proponents developing and improving each competency.

ETA offers many of the suggested study materials (listed at the end of each of our competencies) in the ETA online store. If you don't see the specific book you are looking for, then please check online or at your local bookstore.

ETA understands each individual is different in regards to their experiences, education, and skill sets. That's why ETA does not require examinees to purchase study materials. By knowing the topics listed on the corresponding competency, an examinee can feel confident that they will succeed on the exam.

ETA publishes two books in-house for the popular Associate CET (CETa) basic electronics and Customer Service Specialist (CSS) workforce readiness certifications. Each of these study guides are written by industry professionals, and feature chapter quizzes and practice exams (actual certification examination questions are derived from their respective competencies). ETA members receive a discount on the ETA study guides. Bulk discounts are also available.

Take An Exam

Once you have decided which ETA certification exam(s) you need to take, you will need to find an ETA test site near you to take the exam by using the ETA CA Locator.

Decide whether to take the exam online with Trapeza, ETA's online testing site, or on paper. A Certification Administrator must be present no matter which method of testing you select. You will then need to schedule a time to take the exam with your chosen Certification Administrator.

As provided for under the ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act), if you require special accommodations in order to complete the certification process, then please notify your Certification Administrator when scheduling your exam.

Maintaining Your Certification

Rapid changes in technology and products have also changed the methods used in servicing them. ETA supports certification maintenance and aligns to the ISO 17024 standard. Certification maintenance is also required by ETA's accrediting body, the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC).

By maintaining your ETA certification, you provide verification that as a certified technician, you are keeping up with current technology and enhancing your abilities and knowledge.