NWSA Launches 2 Tower Technician Certification Programs
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | Comments

The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) launched two industrywide certification programs: telecommunications tower technician 1 (TTT-1) and telecommunications tower technician 2 (TTT-2).

NWSA developed the programs via its Telecommunications Tower Technician Task Force comprised of experts from all aspects of the communications industry — tower workers, carriers, tower owners/vertical realtors, OEM contractors, trainers, manufacturers and suppliers. In developing the two programs, NWSA teamed with the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) for its expertise in designing exams and credentialing programs in alignment with the certification industry’s most rigorous accreditation requirements.

“I am extremely pleased that NWSA met its ambitious goal of launching the TTT-1 and TTT-2 certification programs in the marketplace by 2017,” said NWSA Board of Directors President Don Doty. “This is a tremendous milestone for the communications tower industry as NWSA certification is now available on a nationwide basis.”

To become certified as a TTT-1 or TTT-2 NWSA certificant, candidates are required to complete a computer-based written examination and a practical examination to demonstrate their knowledge and skills at each certification level. Upon passing these exams and meeting all other certification criteria, candidates are issued a wallet certification card that can be authenticated through NWSA's online credential verification database search tool.

Candidates and industry stakeholders are encouraged to visit www.nws-a.org for detailed information on the certification process.

NWSA is considering more assessment and certification programs for future development, including antenna and line foreman, certified climber, tower (stacking) foreman, structural modifications foreman, DAS systems, small cell systems, broadcast structures and outside plant/fiber to the home and business.

“Today’s exciting announcement is transformative from an industry safety and quality standpoint and is a tribute to all of the stakeholders, volunteers, sponsors and staff who contributed their time and expertise to make NWSA certification a reality,” said NWSA Board of Governors Chairman Art Pregler from AT&T.

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