NSCA: National Systems Contractors Association Company Profile
What is the NSCA (National Systems Contractors Association)?
On its website, NSCA calls itself “the leading not-for-profit association representing the commercial electronic systems industry” and “a powerful advocate of all who work within the low-voltage industry, including systems contractors/integrators, product manufacturers, consultants, sales representatives, architects, specifying engineers and other allied professionals.”
Why Join the NSCA?
NSCA has established itself as a leading voice and partner for AV and security integration firms. The not-for-profit organization represents the commercial electronics systems industry when it comes to government affairs and regulations. Executive director Chuck Wilson has worked hand-and-hand with policy makers to advocate for the industry.
Candidates to join NSCA include those who work in the low-voltage industry including but not limited to:
- Product manufacturers
- Sales Representatives
- Specifying Engineers
Members of NSCA get access to resources, including:
- Essentials Online Library of NSCA partner organizations that offer members expertise in business disciplines including human resources, product management, marketing and more.
- Business Accelerators for Members — Access to professional services, discounts, and other offerings that can accelerate your business.
Commercial electronics industry professionals interested in joining NSCA should visit here.
NSCA’s C-SIP program (training that leads to a certificate as a Systems Integration Professional) is a resource that helps integrators “get new employees started on the right foot,” according to the association’s website.
“It provides the right level of industry and job-specific training in an online, at-your- own-pace environment – without placing the training or information-transfer burden onto existing staff members.”
More than five hours of online training is included in each C-SIP track: marketing, operations, project management and sales.
Each online program is comprised of five sections. Each section includes an online webinar presentation and follow-up questions. The online courses are approximately 30 to 45 minutes each in length.
After viewing each session, users must then complete the Checkpoint quiz questions before proceeding. A score of 70% or higher is required before access to the next section is granted. Once all five sections of the module are completed, the participant can print his/her Certificate of Completion.
Enrollment fee is $295 per course. Learn more here.
What Is the NSCA Business & Leadership Conference (BLC)?
NSCA’s Business & Leadership Conference or BLC began in 1998, essentially as an NSCA board member meeting. It has since blossomed into the AV and security integration industries’ premier business-focused conference.
Although NSCA has sponsors for its annual BLC it is not a product- or technology-focused event. All content is focuses on business, leadership and strategic planning. “We don’t talk about any technology at this show,” NSCA executive director Chuck Wilson said on stage one year.
As it’s currently structured, the three-day NSCA’s BLC, which in 2018 hosted 400 AV and security industry integration firm professionals, kicks off with a golf outing to benefit the NSCA Education Foundation. During that first evening, there’s a welcome reception in which NSCA unveils its Excellence in Business Award winners and its Excellence in Product Innovation winners.
Day two is packed with keynote presentations, usually well-known business writers, economists or motivational speakers. There are also industry-specific break-out sessions in which attendees sign up for smaller-group training or educational discussions.
Day three features more keynotes and break-outs and is usually topped off with a “Beer and Bull” session, an informally structured discussion that leans on crowd input and participation.
Of course, NSCA BLC is also a networking event. The industry seems to connect and catch up during the annual event.
Commercial Integrator has been NSCA’s media partner for the BLC since 2013.
NSCA executive director Chuck Wilson says BLC has changed a lot since it launched in 1998:
The NSCA Education Foundation created a program in 2015 that aims to generate interest in technology by connecting local high school students with manufacturers, dealers and integrators and to spark imagination and encourage students to consider new career paths in the industry.
The goal of the NSCA IGNITE program is essentially to bridge that awareness gap and make students aware that the AV industry exists, that it’s exciting and that it offers tremendous career opportunities.
The program features more than 90 ambassadors who are evangelizing the AV industry to young students who may know all the cool things AV can do but have never actually heard of the term itself.
Learn how to get involved here.
About NSCA: National Systems Contractors Association
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