Exam Preparation


Exam Preparation

Welcome! NETA invites you to learn more about what it takes to become a NETA Certified Electrical Testing Technician.

NETA Certified Technicians represent the American National Standards published by NETA: the ANSI/NETA ATS, ANSI/NETA MTS, ANSI/NETA ECS, and ANSI/NETA ETT. Each is paramount to understanding the roles and responsibilities of a NETA Certified Technician and their duties as a representative of the NETA Accredited Company supporting them in the field.

A prospective NETA Certified Technician is first hired by a NETA Accredited Company. Then, when prepared, they sit for the NETA Certification Exam. Once the exam has been passed, the technician becomes certified as a NETA Level 2 Certified Assistant Technician. They may elect to sit for other NETA Certification Exams in the future, and advance their careers further at Levels 3 or 4.

Studying for the NETA Certification Exams is something that takes place on the job, as well as in a NETA Accredited Company's training classrooms and study groups. NETA Certification is based on practical knowledge and field experience, as well as the understanding of industry standards and electrical and physical theories. However, there are resources available to continue education and preparation for certification.


NETA Study Guide

The NETA Study Guide is a compilation of useful materials, references, and resources for people who want to be more prepared to take the certification exams. There are helpful hints, resources, and a compilation of NETA World  Tech Quizzes to help you focus on relevant subject matter.

Download the NETA Study Guide


Begin preparing for the NETA Certification Exam by reviewing the ANSI/NETA ETT and understanding the prerequisites for the level of certification sought.

Learn More About the ANSI/NETA ETT

Detailed Content Outlines (DCOs)

The detailed content outlines (DCOs) for the Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4 exams provide even more information about the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities which serve as the focus of the NETA Certification Exams. Each DCO explains what percentage of the exam will be based on Safety, Electrical Testing Fundamentals and Theory, Component Testing, and Systems and Commissioning.

Each of those domains is defined by additional categories and details that explain what specific knowledge, skills, and abilities are required for that level of certification.

Download the Detailed Content Outlines

Industry Standards

NETA's American National Standards along with standards produced by IEEE, NFPA, NECA, NEMA, and CSA  can be used as references and resources when studying for NETA Certification Exams. Each of the ANSI/NETA Standards contains references to other industry standards within the bodies of the documents, as well as a specific section that calls out applicable references for that standard.

Learn More About NETA's American National Standards

Reference List

NETA has compiled a list of applicable references to aid technicians in studying for the NETA Certification Exams. The list is organized by content and level of certification. Download your copy of the current NETA Certification Exam Reference List. This list is intended for use by technicians preparing for the NETA Level 2, 3, and 4 Certification Exams.

Download the NETA Certification Exam Reference List

Formulae Sheet

Test candidates are not permitted to bring any external reference materials into the exam environment. However, the following formulae are provided onscreen during the certification exams.

These formulae may be useful in performing calculations during the exam, and can be used as a preparation tool.

Download the Formulae Sheet

PearsonVUE Demo Exam and Calculator

Test candidates are provided access to an onscreen, scientific calculator when sitting for the NETA Certification Exam. Test candidates are not permitted to bring an outside calculator into the exam environment.

The tutorial at the beginning of each exam allows candidates an opportunity to view the calculator that will be provided on the computer terminal during their exam.

Note: Change the mode settings using the mode button and arrow buttons (circled in red in the image above) as needed.

A PearsonVUE demo exam and calculator are available to test candidates for reference. A tutorial at the beginning of the candidate's test session is also an opportunity to view the calculator before beginning the exam.

View the PearsonVUE Demo Exam and Calculator

Other Resources

Some of the best resources available are the human resources with whom test candidates work each day. Setting up regular study groups with fellow technicians is an excellent way to gain new insights and perspectives on problem-solving and troubleshooting that will help prepare for items covered on the NETA Certification Exams.

Exam Frequently Asked Questions

I am an employee of a NETA Accredited Company, how do I register to take the exam?

If you are currently employed by a NETA Accredited Company, you can speak with your NETA Accredited Representative or NETA Technician Representative to learn more about your company's path for certification. All exam registrations are managed through these main points of contact at each company.

I am not sure who my Accredited Representative is, how do I find out?

You can contact the NETA office and speak with a Member Services representative who can direct you to the correct person/people at your NETA Accredited Company. Emails can be sent to neta@netaworld.org or you can call (888) 300-6382.

I am not currently an employee of a NETA Accredited Company, how to do I get certified?

If you are not currently employed by a NETA Accredited Company or are not sure if your company is accredited, you can search the current listing of all NETA Accredited Companies here.

NETA's certification program is designed to work hand-in-hand with the accreditation program and is only available to individuals meeting the prerequisite of employment. If you are considering pursuing electrical testing as a career path, NETA's Accredited Companies are an excellent place to start your search.

Am I able to take multiple exams in one testing period?

Technicians may sit for multiple exams in one testing window as long as:

  1. Prerequisites are satisfied for each level
  1. Any exams being attempted are listed individually on the VOE form.
  2. Exams are taken in successive order (example: must pass Level 2 before attempting level 3.)

If the technician receives a passing score for the first exam, NETA staff will authorize the technician for the next exam. The technician may then log in to Pearson VUE and look for a test date, time, and location to take the next level exam. NETA recommends that any technicians wishing to attempt multiple exams in one window, schedule the first exam as early as possible to assure maximum opportunity to sit for the second exam before the end of the testing period.