ESD Technical e-Newsletter
ESD Corner Jan 2001
Issue 1, Volume 4
   Dr. ZAP
ESD Training: Getting Certified


ESD announces comprehensive on-line ESD training available to you located at the URL:, which includes 8 training modules and certification exam no available at no charge.

The new ESD Control Program Standard ANSI/ESD S20.20 requires initial and recurrent ESD awareness and prevention training to be provided to all personnel who handle or otherwise come into contact with any ESD susceptible items. The Training Plan must use an objective evaluation technique to ensure trainee comprehension and training adequacy. See paragraph in the ESD Association's Standard ANSI/ESD S20.20.

The ESD Certification Exam is designed to test knowledge in ESD Control principles and practices based on the technical information within our site and the ESD Association's standards and technical documents. The exam is broken up into 8 modules (see below) that coincide with the Training Site's modules and should take under an hour to complete.

    8 Training Modules
  1. Theory
  2. Charge Prevention
  3. Grounding
  4. Neutralization
  5. Shielding
  6. Training
  7. Auditing
  8. Standards
ESD Training Certificate

Successfully completing the ESD certification exam will yield the student with a Certificate of Competency in ESD Control Principles. Each Certificate is individually labeled and numbered for easy verification (good for proof of training).

Additional ESD Certification information from the ESD Association

Want To Get NARTE Certified?
Constant change in work and organizational environments continues to foster growing interest in voluntary professional certification among many people, from technicians and trades people to senior managers and skilled engineers. In electrostatic control, you can add an important tool to your professional career by becoming certified as an ESD Control (ESDC) Engineer or ESD Control (ESDC)Technician.

Endorsed and supported by the ESD Association, actual certification and program administration is done by the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (NARTE), an independent, third party organization with broad experience in technical certification programs.

Benefits of Certification
Designed to foster technical competency and technological excellence, professional ESD certification benefits both the individual and the industry.

Benefits to the Individual:

  • Demonstrates knowledge, experience and competency.
  • Encourages self-development and continuing education.
  • A check in the "plus" column in performance reviews, career advancement, and new employment opportunities.

Benefits to Employers and Industry:

  • Helps raise the overall competency level of the entire ESD control field
  • Provides a means to assess the qualifications of personnel hired to work in electrostatic control
  • Helps assure that the industry has properly trained and qualified personnel helping solve ESD control problems
  • ISO 9000 audits will look at professional certification if it's part of the company's formal program
  • In seller-buyer relationships and within an organization, it can help improve communications and reduce misunderstandings

Requirements for Certification
Both levels of certification: ESDC Engineer and ESDC Technician require experience, peer endorsement, and an examination.

To become a Certified ESD Control Engineer, you

  1. Must have 9 years experience in ESD at an engineer level (Education may be substituted for a portion of experience)
  2. Submit 3 reference endorsements, including one from a supervisor
  3. Pass a certification exam
  4. Submit a list of 10 questions for use in future exams

To become a Certified ESD Control Technician, you

  1. Must have 6 years experience in ESD at a technician level (Education may be substituted for a portion of this experience)
  2. Submit 3 reference endorsements, including one from a supervisor
  3. Pass a certification exam
  4. Submit a list of 10 questions for use in future exams

Additional detailed requirements are contained in the ESD Certification Packets.

How to Apply
To apply for certification or to get more information, request an ESD Certification Packet from ESD Association headquarters. The packet includes eligibility requirements, registration forms, a list of study references and other details.

Additionally, the Northeast Chapter of the ESD Association is hosting a RED Program this June including two days of review followed by the NARTE exam for either ESD Control Technician or ESD Control Engineer exam the third day. For more information, please contact the Northeast Chapter.

More Information From NARTE
Additional information also is available on-line from the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (NARTE).


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  • Minimize workstation down time, e.g., the ionizers will not have to be returned to the metrology lab or manufacturer factory for calibration
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  • Features a patented Faraday balance system that automatically maintains a balance ion output and also emits ions in a true laminar flowThis reduces ion recombination and emitter contamination
  • AC ionizing system for superior performance in neutralizing static charges at greater distances
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  • Ground point for personnel grounding

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Technical Brief



Certification Information


 EtroniX (Nepcon West)  Click here for more information
When:Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2001
Where:Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, USA
What:EtroniX features a family of industry related events - covering design, e-manufacturing, advanced packaging, production, test and more - all under one roof.
Why:Visit us at our Booth, # T-2249
 RED PROGRAM  Click here for more information
When: June 11 - Jun 13, 2001
Where: Boston University Conference Center, Tyngsboro, MA
What: RED Program (NARTE Certification), Co-Sponsered by the ESD Association and the Northeast Chapter of the ESD Association.
Why:Become NARTE Certified with either NARTE ESD Technician or ESD Engineer certificates. For more information, visit us at our web sites:
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Q163: About the application of wrist strap and bench mat, it is a basic requirement to ground. How can we measure whether the ground point itself is properly grounded to the ground? Where can I find an internet training center that has an ESD course? The best one is that they can issue a certification proved by ESD Association. - Anonymous, Sweden    see ANSWER 163

Q230: I am doing training on your Statproof® floor finish program, do you have any information that would help me? - Anonymous, North Andover, MA    see ANSWER 230

Q402: : I am searching for an organization or company to provide me with ESD certification in order to fulfill a role as esd coordinator within the Nortel division I am presently assigned to. Perhaps you could provide me some information on this subject. -Anonymous  see ANSWER 402

Q486: We use a wide range of ESD systems products. My primary job function is to implement ESD prevention and audit. Though I am not formally trained in this field but I have gathered some basic knowledge from technical information by ESD Association USA through the Internet. First of all I will be glad if you could assist me in giving me information regarding training on ESD in Malaysia or out Malaysia. Finally my question is (refer to item no 24020)with a 1 megaohm blue molded resistor how could ESD from body discharge through dual layer black conductive cup to ground. -Anonymous, Kedah, Mlaysia see ANSWER 486

Q541: What other methods for preventing ESD are there besides anti static wrist straps and anti static mats. -Jesse Rogowski, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada see ANSWER 541

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If you have a standard carpeted floor: Statproof® Carpet and Fabric Protector Reduces the generation and build-up of static charges on fabric materials such as on carpeting and fabric chairs. It provides excellent dry soil and stain resistance and can be applied to fabric chairs, carpet and other fiber materials. It is water based and has a trigger spray making it easy to apply to small carpet areas and fabric chairs.

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