Frequently asked questions?
What qualifications must a company or group have to become a member of NCEE?
Answer: NCEE membership is open to a wide variety of stakeholders in the electronics and appliance industries, as well as educational and professional organizations. The dues are the same for any type of group or company.
National, state, local or regional professional or trade associations
Electronic and appliance product maker companies (including test equipment)
Individual colleges, community colleges, secondary and post secondary schools
Individual private training institutions and systems
Educational material publishers
Private trainers and authors
Electronics and appliance parts, product and supplies providers
Local, state or federal governmental agencies
Certification provider companies
How do participant members become involved:
Answer: Each project undertaken by NCEE is given a project manager. Then each participating member contact person is apprised of the initiative and invited to represent his group as a part of the development (or redevelopment) team. Groups are asked to name their own internal committees of experts from their memberships or employees to serve as SME - Subject Matter Experts - on the various projects. Individuals may participate alone. Groups should appoint internal committees to review and comment on actions by NCEE. Anything from simply commenting on NCEE policies or activities to taking charge of a major technical competency-skills standards effort can be the level of involvement by any member or member company.
What costs are involved other than dues
Answer: None at this point. Three hundred and fifty dollars, ($350.00) per year is the total amount! As in any organization, the group could conceivably decide in the future to seek other funds for agreed-upon projects in support of the purposes and goals of NCEE, but at this point, none are known.
When was the concept of NCEE arrived at:Answer: April of 2002.
Who initiated the idea of NCEE:Answer: The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Technical Education &Services (TES) Executive committee.
Why was NCEE organized?
Answer: After CSC, the Certified Service Center coalition, was found to be a smooth-working all-industry task force that could accomplish worthy and beneficial goals that would be difficult for any single entity in the industry to achieve by itself. TES, along with the other CSC organizations and some other groups had a vision that electronics and appliance education needed industry guidance. Building on the success of CSC, NCEE adopted the same patterns of all-industry cooperation. Immediately the industry realized that only the industry itself could intelligently guide training content to help provide needed skilled workers for the future public good.
What instruments does NCEE use as organizational tools?
Answer: Articles of Incorporation (State of IN)
Not for Profit status IRS document
Meetings records of official actions
Annual IRS reports
Membership data base files
Can an individual participate, even though his company or organization isn't a dues-paying member of NCEE?
Answer: YES. The NCEE is organized based on corporate, educational institution, support industries or association groups as members. However, some individuals may not work for a participating company, but may have valuable input which can enhance the work of the other industry participants. Thus, individuals may participate in commenting on organizational or project proposals or technical standards development as invited guests. An all-industry effort should include participants from all segments of the industry, including individuals. To do so, just contact any officer and volunteer your services on a subject near and dear to your area of expertise.
Who can I call to get more information about NCEE or to join?
Answer: Call any of the officers or participating organizations, or the NCEE Administrator staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Has NCEE developed Course Outlines for the various disciplines of electronics service?
Answer: NO. NCEE develops Skills Standards and Competencies. These can be easily used to create a course outline, however each school system and each instructor is free to arrange the competencies in any manner, so long as each of the competencies items is addressed in the course of study.
Is NCEE going to institute its own Certification Programs for the different skills areas?
Answer: No. At this time, developing the competencies is a major NCEE goal. NCEE will review member certification question pools in order to accredit them for competency compliance. Member organizations of NCEE have extensive backgrounds and experience in providing certification testing and credentials. Both NCEE and CSC encourage individuals, schools and businesses to promote professional certification of technical and support workers.
CSC - Certified Service Center consortium
Is NCEE connected in any way to the CSC organization?
Answer: Yes. Many of the NCEE participants are also active in promoting the concept of certified service businesses. NCEE works to provide competencies which define the certified workers in CSC service departments. NCEE works to encourage students to consider electronic and appliance service as a vocation. NCEE works to encourage primary, secondary and post secondary educational institutions to enhance and enlarge, rather than downgrade, their technical training courses. NCEE works to encourage schools to lead students into the electronic and appliance service and engineering industries so that CSC shops, as well as any other service businesses, have access to competent professional technicians. Both CSC and NCEE are providing a better future for service businesses, educational institutions, individual technicians and the public.