ESC-T Curriculum

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Electronic Systems Certified Technician (ESC-T)

For Electronic Systems Technicians with at least 3 years of field experience.

NOTE: This is the master document on which the exam is built. CEDIA resources such as classes, books, and online training are designed to support this body of knowledge. Please refer to the ESC-T Exam Prep Resources document to find which resources support each area of study.

Domain One General Technician Roles and Responsibilities

Task 1: Maintain a “safety first” mind set by understanding and following personal and property safety procedures and preventing accidents in order to prevent harm to self and others.

Knowledge OF:

1. Applicable local and regional codes/articles specific to personal safety and accident prevention (both on-site and off)

2. Applicable national/local electrical codes specific to personal safety and accident prevention

3. Applicable construction codes specific to safety and property protection

4. Motor vehicle safety and accident prevention

5. Basic first aid treatments and procedures for minor incidents

6. Emergency procedures for major incidents

7. Typical onsite safety meeting: types of information, rules and procedures

8. Company safety policies

9. Proper use and care of hand and power tools

10. Proper use and care of ladders and scaffolds


1. Interpreting applicable codes/laws

2. Analysing a situation and choose/apply the correct solution

3. Recognising potentially hazardous situations and react accordingly

4. Basic first aid techniques

5. Emergency procedures

6. Operating a motor vehicle safely

7. Operating job related heavy equipment (personnel lifts, etc...) safely

8. Care and use of personal protective equipment(PPE)

9. Safe use of hand and power tools 10. Safe use of ladders and scaffolds

Task 2: Represent the company by demonstrating appropriate professional behaviour, reporting work activities, and engaging in best practices.

Knowledge OF:

1. Typical company reporting methods

2. Typical employment (HR) issues

3. Company management structure and chain of command (communications)

4. Timecards, work/change orders (daily, on-going personal, and project tracking reporting methods)

5. Personal/professional behaviour and appearance

6. Workplace/jobsite etiquette and professionalism

7. The importance and necessity of typical employment procedures

Skill in:

1. Reading and interpreting common company documents

2. Using personal and project tracking/reporting methods

3. Following directions accurately

4. Using clear, concise communications

5. Handling difficult situations/conflict resolution

6. Working well with builders and other trades

Task 3: Use project documentation by interpreting, creating or modifying appropriate field documents as required, in order to confirm compliance with design specifications.

Knowledge OF:

1. Proposals, bill of materials, pick list, inventory logs

2. System overviews/summaries (functional)

3. Architectural plans (floor, elevation, detail, etc.)

4. Schedules (time, wire, materials, etc.)

5. Charts

6. Design/engineering drawings (block diagrams, line drawings, point-to-point schematics, cabinetry, mechanical, etc.)

7. Instruction and service manuals

8. Understand the importance and proper use for typical field documents

9. Basic redline procedures and document updates

Skill in:

1. Reading and interpreting typical field documents

2. Creating necessary documentation that is clear and concise for others to follow

3. Modifying documentation properly using approved methods

4. Assisting project supervisor in document revision (redlines) / as-built

5. Writing clearly and legibly 

Task 4: Compute project related data using relevant technical and mathematical equations, terms, and principles in order to ensure successful completion of work.

Knowledge OF:

1. Algebra

2. Geometry

3. Electronics/industry specific math

4. Decibels (dB)

5. Fractions/decimal (conversion)

6. Ohms Law

7. Basic electricity and power management (i.e., high voltage types, outlets types, power supplies, power distribution, etc...)

8. Basic audio – analogue & digital (i.e., signal types, levels, frequencies, noise, bandwidth etc...)

9. Basic video – analogue & digital (i.e., signal types, levels, bandwidth, etc...)

10. Basic communications (i.e., telephone, intercom, signal types, signal levels/voltages, RF, etc...)

11. Basic data and networking (i.e., signal types, bandwidth, IP, etc...)

12. Basic control systems (data rates, polarity, relays, contact closure, voltage, metadata, feedback)

Skill in:

1. Interpreting typical industry related mathematics

2. Interpreting typical industry related terminology

3. Understanding when and how to properly use industry specific mathematics

4. Understanding when and how to properly use industry specific terminology

5. Solving typical industry related problems using proper mathematic equations

6. Converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions

7. Application of Ohm’s Law

Domain Two Infrastructure (Pre-wire & Trim-out)

Task 1: Pre-wire an electronic system as specified in order to facilitate proper performance of audio, video, control, and related subsystem devices.

Knowledge OF:

1. Cable/wire types, applications

2. Construction/structural techniques/requirements/issues

3. Device installation techniques (“Pre-wire/First Fix”)

4. Device placement

5. Wire dressing

6. Ventilation

7. Space requirements

8. Suspended/hanging device requirements

9. Outside service provider requirements (Telco/CATV/ISP/SAT)/ Demarcation point

10. Fire rated back boxes and other special circumstance devices and provisions

11. Wire/cabling identification (types/labelling)

Skill in:

1. Installing proper wire/cable for a specific purpose as specified

2. Understanding of proper installation methods/requirements of cabling and devices

3. Installing mounting devices (rings, brackets, back-boxes, etc...)

4. Relating theory to practical applications

5. Deductive reasoning, problem solving, application of theory

6. Hand and power tool usage

7. Communicating with other trades proficiently

8. Understanding outside service provider requirements (Telco, CATV, ISP, SAT)

Task 2: Trim-out an electronic system by labelling, terminating, and testing cables and properly mounting and installing trim related devices in order to support installation of audio, video, control, and other subsystem devices.

Knowledge OF:

1. Termination methods of needed cable, connector and signal types

2. Types of termination tools, and their appropriate use

3. Applicable codes and standards related to “Trim-out/Second Fix” activities

4. Typical “Trim/Second Fix” related tools and their proper use

5. Test tools, verifying results

Skill in:

1. Properly terminating all common cable/connector/signal types

2. Identifying and using typical termination devices and tools

3. Interpreting applicable codes and standards

4. Testing/verification of terminations and signal quality

5. Troubleshooting and correcting, based on test results

6. Using label makers

7. Proper cable installation, and dressing

8. Reading/filling out cable schedules

Domain Three Equipment Mounting

Task 1: Install equipment into a rack or cabinet while providing for proper ventilation, power management, and mounting considerations in order to facilitate ease of use and maximum performance.

Knowledge OF:

1. Cabinet design and construction

2. Proper equipment layout and mounting techniques

3. Safe and secure equipment mounting

4. Rack and cabinet ventilation (active and passive)

5. Ventilation requirements for specific equipment

6. Risks associated with improper ventilation

7. Rack construction and accessories 

Skill in:

1. Identifying various cabinet parts

2. Laying out equipment properly in a cabinet (best practices)

3. Mounting equipment/accessories in racks and cabinets

4. Assembling rack/equipment systems

5. Identifying different rack types/specific uses

6. Installing ventilation equipment

7. Proper cable/interconnect management

Task 2: Physically mount system components such as cameras, flat panel displays and projectors by installing the proper brackets, housings and mounting hardware in order to provide proper performance and safety.

Knowledge OF:

1. Types of display mounting brackets and their uses

2. Types of projector mounting brackets and their uses

3. Types of camera mounting brackets, housings and their uses

Skill in:

1. Installing various types of display brackets and mounting devices

2. Installing various types of projector mounting hardware and devices

3. Installing various types of camera brackets, housings and mounting devices

Task 3: Install power management devices such as surge suppressors, battery backups, and power conditioners in order to ensure safe and maximised performance of installed systems.

Knowledge OF:

1. Basic device recognition

2. Basic device purpose

3. Basic electricity and electrical distribution

Skill in:

1. Properly installing power devices and equipment

2. Basic set-up and use of power devices and equipment 

Domain 4 Audio/Video Systems

Task 1: Set up audio devices such as sources, amplifiers, and speakers in order to produce a desired listening experience.

Knowledge of:

1. Basic audio device recognition (analogue & digital)

2. Basic audio device purpose

3. Basic signal flow and cable characteristics (analogue & digital)

Skill in:

1. Identifying audio devices and components, and their interconnections

2. Basic installation of audio related devices and equipment

Task 2: Set up video devices such as sources and displays, in order to produce a desired viewing experience.

Knowledge of:

1. Basic video device recognition (analogue & digital)

2. Basic video device purpose (analogue & digital)

3. Basic signal flow and cable characteristics (analogue & digital)

Skill in:

1.Basic installation of video devices, interconnects, and accessories

Domain Five Communications (Telephony, Data, Cctv, and Rf)

Task 1: Set up basic telephony devices such as handsets and intercoms in order to establish basic voice communication.

Knowledge of:

1. Basic phone/communication device recognition (includes doorbells, intercoms, etc.)

2. Basic phone/communication devices (purpose)

Skill in:

1. Basic installation and configuration of phone/communication devices

Task 2: Set up basic data network devices such as switches and routers in order to facilitate basic data communication.

Knowledge of:

1. Basic data device functionality

Skill in:

1. Basic installation and configuration of data network devices

Task 3: Set up basic security and surveillance devices such as cameras and sensors in order to provide basic monitoring of secured areas.

Knowledge of:

1. Basic CCTV/security devices (recognition)

2. Basic CCTV/security devices (purpose)

Skill in:

1. Basic installation of CCTV/Security devices

Task 4: Set up terrestrial antenna, cable and satellite (RF) TV systems, distribution and equipment in order to provide proper reception of TV signals.

Knowledge of:

1. Basic Off-Air/CATV/DBS devices (recognition)

2. Basic Off-Air/CATV/DBS devices (purpose)

Skill in:

1. Basic installation of Off-Air/CATV/SAT related devices

2. Basic set-up and use of Off-Air/CATV/SAT related devices

Domain Six Integrated Control Systems

Task 1: Set up basic control devices such as remotes, keypads, volume controls, touch screens in order to allow user control over electronic devices and systems.

Knowledge of:

1. Basic control devices (recognition)

2. Basic control devices (purpose)

3. Basic control protocols and methods

4. Interface technologies (RS232, RS485, RF, IR, contact closure, relays, IP)

Skill in:

1. Basic installation and setup of control related devices 

Domain Seven System Verification and Testing

Task 1: Review the installed system in order to confirm compliance with design specifications.

Knowledge of:

1. All system components and how they relate to the overall system functionality

2. System wiring, termination, and signal flow

3. Proper system operation

4. Audio and video formats, resolution, data rate, surround modes

5. Basic calibration procedures and terminology (audio & video)

Skill in:

1. Deductive reasoning

2. Interpretation of results

3. Understanding and using equipment and all associated devices

4. Reading instruction manuals

5. Verifying component operation

6. Navigating menus

7. Systematic, methodical procedures

8. Documenting results accurately

9. Using appropriate test equipment; meters, continuity, data rate, RF, etc.

Task 2: Verify system performance by testing device and system functionality in order to confirm proper operation.

Knowledge of:

1. Techniques and methods for troubleshooting devices/systems

2. Basic understanding of methods to correct problems

3. Commonly used test equipment

4. Common failure modes

5. Troubleshooting techniques

Skill in:

1. Using appropriate test equipment

2. Deductive reasoning

3. Diplomacy/tact, accountability, and patience on the jobsite

4. Basic troubleshooting

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