February 24, 2015 — In an effort to provide certification for the national wireless skills-based training standard being developed for tower climbers, the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force has created the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA), it was announced this week at NATE UNITE 2015 conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The 501(c)(6) assessment and certification organization will be the governance arm of the Task Force’s national wireless skills-based training standard.
The NWSA was designed to provide independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide verifiable worker certification to recognize the skilled professionals who work on towers.
“Creating a national assessment and certification entity is the next logical step in order to ensure that industry workers in the future will be trained in accordance to the various worker categories outlined in the National Wireless Skills-Based Training Standard,” said Pat Moore, vice president of operations at Velocitel.
The National Wireless Safety Alliance will serve workers that have completed existing training programs, including third party private training, internal training programs and local community college their training.
In order to accomplish its objectives, the NWSA organization is in the process of developing written and practical assessments for various levels of worker categories outlined in the national wireless skills-based training standard. The NWSA is also creating partnerships with a third party testing firm and a website certification database firm.
Members of the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force have pledged to provide transparent, timely and relevant updates to the industry as key benchmarks are achieved in the establishment of the NWSA assessment and certification program.