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NWSA Launches Additional Telecommunications Tower Foreman and Antenna & Line Specialty Certification Programs

New Nationwide and Portable Certification Programs Provide Career Progression Pathways for Industry Workers


National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) has officially launched the Telecommunications Tower Foreman and Antenna & Line Specialty Certification Programs.

These programs were developed by the NWSA’s Foreman and Antenna & Line Specialty Task Force that is comprised of subject matter experts from all aspects of the communications industry – tower technicians, carriers, tower owners/vertical realtors, OEM’s contractors, trainers, manufacturers and suppliers – who together represent many thousands of hours of related telecommunications and tower experience.

“NWSA is excited to come out of the gates strong in 2019 by launching the new Telecommunications Tower Foreman and Antenna & Line Specialty Certification Programs,” said NWSA Board of Directors President Don Doty. “These new national and portable worker credentialing offerings fulfill the NWSA’s goal of developing upward mobility among the professional workforce by providing career progression of certification pathways,” added Doty.

In developing the programs, NWSA continued its collaboration with the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) to facilitate designing the exams and credentialing programs in alignment with the certification industry’s most rigorous accreditation requirements.

To achieve NWSA Antenna & Line Specialty certification, candidates are required to be an NWSA Telecommunications Tower Technician 2 (TTT-2) and successfully complete a computer-based (CBT) written examination to demonstrate their knowledge and skills related to installation, repair, troubleshooting and maintenance of antennas, transmission lines and mounts on communication structures. The testing fee to obtain NWSA Antenna & Line Specialty certification is $274.

To become a certified NWSA Foreman, candidates must have previously achieved their TTT-2 certification as well as at least one NWSA “Specialty” certification, such as the Antenna & Line Specialty, and successfully complete a computer-based (CBT) written examination to demonstrate their knowledge and skills related to supervision of crews performing construction, installation, demolition, and/or maintenance on communication sites in accordance with construction drawings and/or written scopes of work and in compliance with applicable industry standards and best practices. The testing fee to obtain a NWSA Foreman certification is $274.

“This is a banner day for NWSA as these new worker certification programs will continue to cultivate a culture of safety and quality among the industry’s workforce,” stated Executive Director Duane MacEntee. “I would like to thank all of the subject matter experts who made these certification offerings a reality by dedicating themselves over the past year to share their collective experience for the benefit of the industry,” MacEntee added.

NWSA will start developing additional Specialty certifications in the coming months. The next development priority is in the area of tower rigging, followed by structural modifications. These certifications will also satisfy the Specialty prerequisite for Foreman certification.

Upon passing these exams and meeting all other certification criteria, candidates are issued a wallet certification card that can be authenticated through the NWSA’s online credential verification database search tool.  Candidates and industry stakeholders are encouraged to visit www.nws-a.orgfor detailed information on the certification process, applying for CBT tests and practical examinations, credential verification and for more information on new certification programs.

National Wireless Safety Alliance Announces Board of Governors Leadership Appointments

AT&T’s Coleman and American Tower Corporation’s Roberts to Serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman; Barker, Cullum and Wilkerson to Join NWSA Board of Governors


The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that Jim Coleman, National Tower Safety Manager at AT&T and Paul Roberts, Vice President of Compliance at American Tower Corporation, have been appointed to serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively, of the organization’s Board of Governors.

NWSA also announced that J. John Barker, Partner of Barker MacEntee PLLC, Richard Cullum, Director of Safety at Crown Castle, and Nick Wilkerson, Director of Safety at SBA Communications Corporation, have been added as new members of the Alliance’s Board of Governors.

Additionally, NWSA announced that five incumbent Governors were recently ratified by the organization’s Board of Directors to serve a new 5-year term through October 31, 2023. The reappointed Governors include Chris Mallon, TowerMRL, Inc., Kevin Schmidt, Sioux Falls Tower & Communications, Jose Tarafa, MasTec Network Solutions, Gary Trent, US Cellular and Jocko Vermillion, CITCA.

“NWSA is excited to have both Jim and Paul serve in their new leadership roles with the Board of Governors and we are also thrilled to add the talents of Jay, Richard and Nick as Governors,” said Executive Director Duane MacEntee. “Additionally, the ratification of the five incumbent Governors to serve another 5-year term will help provide continuity at a critical time in order for NWSA to continue developing and offering our national, portable and independent worker certification programs,” added MacEntee.

NWSA, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is a national non-profit assessment and certification organization established to provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide 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.

The NWSA Board of Governors consists of representatives from a broad cross-section of the industry and is tasked with developing policy and overseeing the activities of the various committees that will serve under their jurisdiction.

NWSA currently offers two industry-wide certification programs: Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 (TTT-1) and Telecommunications Tower Technician 2 (TTT-2). Additionally, the NWSA Telecommunication Tower Foreman certification is slated to be unveiled during the first quarter of 2019. This new certification will create a credentialing system for industry workers who supervise crews that work on communications structures, whether they are antenna and line crews, construction crews, or structural modification crews.

Other assessment and certification programs NWSA will likely unveil in the future include Rigging, Small Cell/DAS Technician, Structural Modifications, Gin Pole Operations and Broadcast Tall Tower Technician.

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.

 

NWSA Announces Dates, Locations for Fall 2018 PEAP Workshops

Workshops Provide Opportunity for Participants to Obtain NWSA Accreditation to Administer Field-Based Practical Exams


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 fall. NWSA announced today that it is facilitating workshops in Minnesota and California on the following dates:

October 1-5 – Eagan, MN (Hosted by Vertical Limit, LLC)

October 22-26 – Vista, CA (Hosted by Pacific Safety Solutions LLC)

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 the 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. This is a great benefit of the 2018 PEAP workshops which will not be an option for the 2019 workshops NWSA hosts around the country. Each workshop host site will facilitate practical testing along with NWSA Workshop Instructor, Clint Cook.

“The NWSA PEAP workshops have been very successful in the continuing effort to build our network of accredited practical examiners around the country and provide more opportunities for industry workers to obtain national certification credentials,” stated Executive Director Duane MacEntee. “I would highly encourage companies, training providers and stakeholders in the industry to register a representative to participate today as we anticipate the fall 2018 workshops in Minnesota and California to fill up fast,” MacEntee added.

Individuals interested in participating are encouraged to complete the NWSA PEAP Workshop application 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 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.

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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
nwsa@nws-a.org

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.

NWSA Appoints Members to Board of Governors

Borghei, Dickinson, Eades, Moore, Roberts, Tarafa and Trent to Provide Leadership and Oversight for NWSA’s Certification Programs

The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) has appointed several industry representatives to its Board of Governors, including Bernard Borghei, Executive Vice President – Operations and Co-Founder of Vertical Bridge, Doug Dickinson, Western Region Environmental Health & Safety Manager at Ericsson, Bruce Eades, President of USA Telecom Insurance Services, Pat Moore, Field Service Specialist at Stainless, Paul Roberts, Vice President of Compliance for American Tower Corporation, Jose Tarafa, Corporate Operations Manager at Mastec Network Solutions and Gary Trent, Quality Assurance Engineer for U.S. Cellular.

NWSA, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is a national non-profit assessment and certification organization established to provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide 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.

The NWSA Board of Governors consists of representatives from a broad cross-section of the industry and is tasked with developing policy and overseeing the activities of the various committees that will serve under their jurisdiction.

“NWSA is thrilled to welcome the expertise and talents of Bernard, Doug, Bruce, Pat, Paul, Jose and Gary to the Board of Governors,” said Executive Director Duane MacEntee. “The Board of Governors continues to play an integral role in the organization as NWSA certification requirements become commonplace in the marketplace and as the industry continues to evolve,” added MacEntee.

NWSA currently offers two industry-wide certification programs: Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 (TTT-1) and Telecommunications Tower Technician 2 (TTT-2). Additionally, an NWSA Task Force is currently in the process of developing a new certification and credential for Telecommunication Tower Foreman. This new certification will create a credentialing system for industry workers who supervise crews that work on communications structures, whether they are antenna and line crews, construction crews, or structural modification crews.

Other assessment and certification programs NWSA will likely unveil in the future include Rigging, DAS Systems, Small Cell Systems, Broadcast Structures and Outside Plant/Fiber to the Home and Business.

“NWSA’s nationwide and portable certification offerings are a game-changer for the industry and the new members of the Board of Governors will have a major impact in terms of shaping a skilled and safe workforce who are capable of meeting the industry’s intense buildout demands,” stated Board of Directors President Don Doty.

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.


Biographies

Bernard Borghei

Bernard Borghei is the Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Operations of Vertical Bridge. He is responsible for Vertical Bridge’s daily operations, regulatory compliance, vendor management, engineering services, human resources and emerging technologies.

Borghei has over 24 years of experience in wireless industries and before co-founding Vertical Bridge, he served as Senior Vice President and Partner at Global Tower Partners (GTP), where he oversaw domestic and international market operations, including a portfolio of more than 6,500 towers and 12,000 managed properties.

Borghei has also held executive and senior management positions in operations, engineering, sales, supply chain, site development, and customer care at several wireless operators and service providers including SkyBitz, Wireless Facilities, Inc., Western Wireless International, and at Triton PCS where he successfully ran operations across 24 different countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and North and South America.

Bernard has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and an MBA in global management from the University of Phoenix. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Villanova University School of Engineering.

Doug Dickinson

Doug Dickinson oversees all environmental, health, and safety issues for Ericsson’s western region locations to include Ericsson and customer offices, warehouses, switches and cell sites. Doug’s responsibilities include writing policies, practices, and procedures, conducting audits and inspections and facilitating employee safety training.

Bruce Eades

Bruce Eades has been serving the insurance needs for the telecommunications industry for over 20 years. He consults regularly with telecommunication executives across the country to help executives understand how risk management concepts can impact their business and to give them a better understanding of the current commercial property and casualty trends. He is very active in NATE and is currently serving on the Trade Show Committee. He is also active in most of the state wireless associations. Bruce is currently President of USA Telecom Insurance Services and the Georgia region of Insurance Office of America as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Insurance Office of America (IOA).

A veteran of the insurance industry since 1984 he was raised in Gainesville, Georgia, Bruce continues to live in Gainesville with his wife and three children. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama. He received his Accredited Advisor of Insurance designation in 1996 and received his Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 2005. Bruce was IOA’s 2009 agent of the year and was appointed to IOA’s Board of Directors in 2010. He is active in his local church and currently serves on the North Georgia Mountain’s YMCA Board of Directors.

Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore is a Field Service Specialist at Stainless. Patrick assists in field specialist crew selection, timing, rigging plans, allocation and equipment coordination for all field projects. Pat has worked very closely with the field personnel to help understand the challenges of multi-tenant broadcast tower sites. Starting in the tower erection business in 1976, Pat has performed in every area of broadcast tower related service. In 1995, Pat was one of the first members of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) Safety & Education Committee, of which he is still a member. In 2000, Pat joined Stainless during the hectic DTV (digital) transition period assisting in very complicated projects. Pat was also a member of the team that created the TIA-1019A gin pole standard which later was moved into ANSI A10.48.

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts is the Vice President of Compliance for American Tower Corporation. In this role, Mr. Roberts guides the Environmental Compliance, FAA/FCC Regulatory Compliance, Safety and Health initiatives of the company as well as regulatory advocacy. Mr. Roberts is actively involved in advocacy efforts across all federal agencies that both regulate and support the telecommunications industry and has been a key voice in helping to shape rulemakings that affect us all. With 15 years managing telecom regulatory operations rooted in legal, systems safety and quality engineering principles, Mr. Roberts brings valuable insight and perspectives that will contribute to the NWSA mission.

Jose Tarafa

Jose Tarafa manages corporate operations, which includes Safety, D.O.T., Quality, Integration, Mobility Maintenance, Systems and Analytics, Disaster Recovery, Small Cell Process, and Special Projects. Jose joined MasTec Network Solutions in 2014, after a long telecommunications career with AT&T where he led teams in varied disciplines including, Engineering, Planning, Construction, Central Office, Mobility Implementation and Field Operations, Digital Electronics, and Technical Support.

Jose emigrated from Cuba when he was eight years old. He has lived in the Miami area ever since, and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami. Jose was one of the first engineers to introduce digital electronics into the field of telecommunications at Bellsouth in the eighties. He is just as excited about the future of telecom now as he was then. “Telecommunications not only changes lives; it changes everything. I don’t know what’s coming next, but it will revolutionize the way we live, work and play. It all hinges on the next big development in communications.”

In 2009, Jose was part of an engineering team that built and maintained broadband telephone facilities at Bellsouth, now AT&T. He was asked to pivot to mobility field operations and embraced the new challenges of a combined broadband and wireless network. No matter how the industry changes over the years, Jose leads by encouraging transparent communications and relationship development.

Throughout his career, Jose has been routinely asked to transition into under-performing operations and takes pride in his track record of managing those organizations up and turning them into high-performing groups. He carries that leadership skill into community improvement endeavors. Jose was a board member of the Junior Achievement for Greater Miami for 20 years, and has recently joined the board of directors for the Hispanic Unity of Florida charity. He enjoys offering guidance to minority, impoverished or disenfranchised youth.

Gary Trent

Gary has worked in the communication industry for 35 years and has seen the industry evolve as the United States migrated from wireline to wireless; Gary started his career in long distance communications with Microwave Communications Inc. (MCI), installing telephone switching equipment and building telephone offices throughout the United States. Gary then joined MCI Metro installing fiber optic equipment and deploying fiber rings around all major U.S. cities, for local and long distance telephone service. For the last 15 years Gary has been with U. S. Cellular writing policies, procedures, standards, and quality assurance auditing.