Conference: March 27-31, 2017
Exhibits: March 29-30, 2017

Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

In Partnership With

ETA Education Forum

ETA will be once again co-locating the 2017 Education Forum with the IWCE conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 27-31, 2017. The show will be focused on providing training through outside vendors in poplular technology areas related to ETA certification as well as industry-related sessions.

Who Employs ETA-Certified Professionals?

ETA International represents a wide variety of professionals from many industries, including: avionics, biomedical, data cabling, fiber optics, gaming & vending, industrial electronics, information technology, renewable energy, smart home, and wireless communications. ETA also offers FCC Commercial Radio Operator licensing. Employers worldwide choose ETA-certified professionals because of ETA's certification programs’ competency criteria and testing benchmarks that conform to the highest international electronics standards.

ETA-certified professionals work for some of the most widely-known companies, including Bellsouth, ADT Security, American Airlines, AutoZone, Boeing, Budweiser, Canon, Caterpillar, Ford Motor Company, Google, Home Depot, Kmart, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, Quest Communications, Raytheon, State Farm, TD Ameritrade, Verizon Communications and more!


ETA International is proud to host hands-on training through outside vendors in popular technology areas related to ETA certification. ETA's partners, the industry’s most respected trainers, will provide in-depth hands-on training in seven key areas of expertise beginning on Monday, March 27. Following each training class, ETA will provide opportunities to test for ETA certification.

Training courses must be registered for separately, on the registration page at Scroll down to the ETA Education Forum and click the box the see the schedules and pricing. All Training Courses include the ETA Testing Fees.  

Registration for any training classes includes access to the IWCE exhibit hall (Wed/Thurs), keynote addresses (Wed), general session (Thurs), 40th Birthday Bash (Wed) and town hall meetings.  You can also add an IWCE One-Day or Short Course Package to your registration, but check for conflicting timing before you select any classes. 

ETA will offer ETA-approved HANDS-ON training courses leading to ETA certification with some of the industry's most respected training providers:

More Education

ETA will also include 11 Short Courses taking place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  These 75 minute classes provide a one-topic overview from some of ETA's leading instructors. Attendees can participate in the entire track or mix and match ETA Short Courses with IWCE Short Courses. To attend, register for the IWCE Short Course Package or you can select a One-Day Package to attend classes on that day.

Continuing Education Credits

ETA offers Continuing Education Credits for all their training classes and short courses.  It also offers CECs for many of IWCE's classes. Click here to see a list of approved classes and the number of credits. For more information, please contact Michele Lawson of ETA.


ETA has partnered with IWCE and Veterans Assembled Electronics to offer both Student and Veteran Scholarships to attend IWCE, including travel expenses. Visit ETA's Education Forum page for more details and to see more about the Scholarship winners. 

Special Events

ETA’s Annual Membership Meeting
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 * 5:30 pm * Las Vegas Convention Center
Membership in ETA’s professional association provides meaningful growth, resulting from the added value members receive through professional development and involvement with other members. One of the privileges of membership in ETA International is your right to voice your opinion about the direction of ETA and to learn how it has served its members in the previous year.

ETA’s Awards Banquet
Thursday, March 30 * 6:00 pm * Italian American Club.
Join ETA at the Annual Awards & Officer Installation Banquet to recognize the contributions of outstanding individuals to their industry and induct the newly-elected ETA 2017/2018 Board of Directors.

Keynote Address: Optical Fiber Technology – Providing the Solution for 1 Tb/s Transmission
Larry Johnson, Director and Founder of Light Brigade

The evolution of fiber optic communications and optical fiber technology is accelerating with no slowdown in sight.  In recent years, we have seen tremendous jumps from 40 Gb/s data rates to field trials of Terabit levels.  Fiber optics is the backbone of the communications age and without it, the Internet would not link today’s users worldwide.  From Fiber to the Home to high speed data centers to long haul telecommunications infrastructure, fiber optics is being deployed to fulfill the worldwide communications appetite for bandwidth. Challenges ahead include an evolving technology, including advanced modulation formats, coherent detection and forward error correction, but also the role of technicians will expand to address changing technologies and fiber optic technologies.

About the Speaker:
Larry Johnson, Director and Founder of Light Brigade, has been at the forefront of the fiber optics industry since 1977. Over his three-plus-decade career in the telecommunications industries, Mr. Johnson has built a solid reputation in all aspects of fiber optic design, installation, implementation, testing, and measurement. Identified as an luminary of the Fiber Optics industry in 2000 he has participated in the early development of fiber optic standards used for installation, testing, and measurement of network and physical plant. His leadership in the optical fiber industry has resulted in repeated invitations to speak at key conferences worldwide, and to develop fiber optic certification programs for a variety of industries.  One of his hobbies is to archive the history of fiber optics and has been fortunate to know most of the inventors of the fiber optic revolution.

About Light Brigade:
The Light Brigade, AFL's education and training division, provides fiber optic training and certification, including hands-on courses, instructional DVDs, books, and online training as well as customized fiber optic training materials for specific industries or subject matter. Over the past quarter century we have trained tens of thousands of individuals, giving them the skills they need to move forward in their careers.