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Save the Dates: NWSA to Host Upcoming Webinar Series

The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) is encouraging industry employers, trainers and workers to make plans to participate in the organization’s upcoming webinar series.  NWSA announced today that it will be conducting a three-part series to further educate the industry on the key steps and processes associated with establishing and administering the certification program’s field-based practical examinations. The topics and dates for the NWSA webinars include:

Establishing an NWSA Practical Test Site (May 30, 2018 at 11 AM EDT)

Proper Set Up of a Practical Test Site (June 27, 2018 at 11 AM EDT)

Becoming an NWSA Practical Examiner (August 1, 2018 at 11 AM EDT)

“As NWSA certifications gain momentum and begin to reach scale in the marketplace, we are excited to offer this webinar series to continue preparing the industry to administer practical examinations that are required for certification,” said Executive Director Duane MacEntee. “The content of these webinars will include a step-by-step approach to help industry stakeholders navigate this process,” added MacEntee.

Each NWSA webinar is free and registration will be open soon. Further registration information will be provided in advance of each webinar. Industry workers, companies and other stakeholders are encouraged to visit the NWSA website at www.nws-a.org to learn more about the organization and how to begin the process of obtaining certification.

About National Wireless Safety Alliance

NWSA, headquartered in Fairfax, VA, is a national non-profit assessment and certification organization established to provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and verifiable worker certification in order to enhance safety, reduce workplace risk, improve quality, encourage training, and recognize the skilled professionals who work on towers and other non-standard communication structures.

Contact: Duane MacEntee

NATE, OSHA Encourage Participation in National Safety Stand-Down

Join the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction May 7-11, 2018

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is urging its members and all wireless industry companies and stakeholders to actively participate in next week’s OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. NATE and OSHA are requesting that employers set aside time throughout this week to facilitate safety meetings and activities in order to have an open discussion with their workers about industry safety and fall prevention. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.

In addition to NATE, OSHA is partnering with key groups to assist with this effort, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), OSHA approved State Plans, State consultation programs, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE), the U.S. Air Force and the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers.

“As Chairman of NATE’s OSHA Relations Committee, I want to encourage all member companies to double-down on safety and quality by becoming active participants in this OSHA initiative,” stated Board of Directors member John Paul Jones from Cedar Park, Texas. “NATE is passionately committed to developing the resources, best practices, standards and curriculum to ensure our industry’s most precious asset, the tower technician workforce, remains safe at their respective job sites. OSHA’s National Safety Stand Down presents a golden opportunity for all stakeholders at every level of the diverse communications tower ecosystem to reaffirm their commitment to safety,” added Jones.

As part of National Safety Stand-Down week, OSHA has developed a Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down webpage that can be accessed HERE. NATE is encouraging companies and workers to incorporate the following resources into their National Safety Stand-Down Activities:

OSHA Safety Stand-Down Resources for Employers and Employees

OSHA National Safety Stand-Down Certificate of Participation

NATE Climber Connection Safety Videos

NATE Anchor Inspection/Safe to Climb Guide

ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Standard (available for purchase)

OSHA and NATE are encouraging companies and workers to share their National Safety Stand-Down stories on social media utilizing the hashtag #StandDown4Safety.

NWSA Announces Dates and Locations for Summer 2018 PEAP Workshops

The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) is encouraging industry employers, trainers and workers to register for several upcoming Telecommunications Tower Technician Practical Examiner Accreditation Program (PEAP) Workshops scheduled for this summer. NWSA announced today that it is facilitating workshops in Arizona, Texas and South Dakota on the following dates:

July 16-20, 2018 – Phoenix, AZ (Hosted by Telecom Technical College)

July 23-27, 2018 – Fort Worth, TX (Hosted by Ericsson)

September 17-21, 2018 – Sioux Falls, SD (Hosted by Sioux Falls Tower & Communications)

Industry stakeholders who attend the workshops will be provided an opportunity to complete both the NWSA practical exam to become certified as a Telecommunications Tower Technician (TTT) while also obtaining official accreditation from NWSA as a Practical Examiner. NWSA Practical Examiners are authorized to administer practical exams to anyone seeking technician certification from the organization.

The first two days of each workshop will be dedicated to practical exam testing and the remaining three days will be devoted to the PEAP workshop. NWSA is allowing workshop attendees to complete their practical exams as part of the workshop. Each workshop host site will facilitate practical testing along with NWSA Workshop Instructor, Clint Cook.

“NWSA is excited to offer these additional PEAP workshops this summer as we continue to make significant progress in terms of building out our nationwide network of accredited practical examiners,” stated Executive Director Duane MacEntee. “I would encourage companies, training providers and stakeholders in the industry to register a representative to participate today as we anticipate that these workshops will fill up fast,” MacEntee added.

Individuals interested in participating are encouraged to complete the NWSA PEAP Workshop application HERE and return it to NWSA via email to pe@nws-a.org. The deadline to register for a workshop is two weeks prior to the first day of the scheduled event.

NWSA reviews all potential participants’ applications before admission to the workshop is granted. All applications must include payment and the submission of a resume or will be considered incomplete and will not be processed. Each workshop is strictly limited to eight (8) participants and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

After an applicant’s workshop application is approved, they will be notified of the open time slots for practical testing and can make their request at that time. Once confirmed, NWSA will provide the candidate with their scheduled time slots for practical testing.

Certification fees for practical testing are separate from the workshop fee and will be due upon onsite practical testing registration.

It is important to note that all applicants must have taken and passed NWSA’s Computer Based Test (CBT) prior to participating in the PEAP Workshop. NWSA will allow prospective participants to submit a workshop application now, but a passing score on the CBT is required before acceptance is granted for the PEAP Workshop. Interested candidates who have yet to complete NWSA’s CBT exam are encouraged to visit HERE to register for their CBT exam as soon as possible.

Industry workers, companies and stakeholders are encouraged to visit the NWSA website at www.nws-a.org to learn more about the organization and how to begin the process of obtaining certification.

Register Now for NATE WIN Pacific Regional Conference

NATE Wireless Industry Network will hold the Pacific Regional Conference, April 26, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel and NATE members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend. The cost to attend the Pacific Regional Conference is $75 per person and includes lunch. Interested attendees are encouraged to register by completing the Registration Form on the NATE website. All completed registration forms and payments should be emailed to nate@natehome.com or mailed to the NATE office (8 Second Street SE, Watertown, SD 57201) by the registration deadline of  Friday, April 13, 2018.

The conference will kick off with a National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) session on becoming NWSA certified conducted by Executive Director Duane MacEntee. This session will educate attendees on NWSA’s transformative and nationwide certification programs available to the communications tower industry workforce and will guide participants through the steps required to obtain NWSA credentials.

Additional presentations at the Pacific Regional Conference include a panel discussion on Small Cell Deployment moderated by Ryan Dixon, Vice President of Advanced Tower Components; a session presented by Eric Ringer, Co-Founder and Senior Product Manager of Skyward, a Drone/UAS development company; and a session entitled The Myth Behind the Certificate of Insurance – Are You Really Covered? presented by John McGarvey, Vice President of BB&T Insurance Services.

The Wireless Industry Network is a national and international initiative that provides local support, involvement and communications for the wireless industry. This program is coordinated by National Association of Tower Erectors, a non-profit trade association. The goal of WIN is to expand the reach of important messages and resources for safety, quality, standards and education for all wireless organizations and the wireless industry.

For more information on NATE, NATE WIN and the Pacific Regional Conference, visit www.natehome.com or www.natewin.org.

NATE Webinar Covers NWSA Tower Tech Certification

On Wednesday, March 14 at 10:00 a.m. CST Duane MacEntee, Executive Director of NWSA, will be conducting a live NATE webinar entitled Becoming NWSA Certified.

This webinar session will educate attendees on NWSA’s transformative and nationwide certification programs available to the communications tower industry workforce and will guide participants through the steps required to obtain NWSA credentials.

NWSA’s certification examinations are aimed at developing a safer, more knowledgeable industry workforce through the organization’s individual technician certification process. The philosophy is that if the technician’s knowledge and skills are improved, the skills of the workforce, as a whole, will rise within the industry. The credentialing program allows customers to verify an individual’s in real-time status with online verification.

CLICK HERE to register.