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Keeping abreast of the most recent news, standards, and happenings in the structured cabling world is a key part of our jobs. And, it is important to stay connected to the many associations that guide...

January 1, 2000  

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Keeping abreast of the most recent news, standards, and happenings in the structured cabling world is a key part of our jobs. And, it is important to stay connected to the many associations that guide, watch over, or otherwise touch our industry on a daily basis.

This month’s Web Watch gives a very brief glimpse into these pertinent organizations. Some are already household names, others may be new to you — all are worth checking out on the web.


The Association of Cabling Professionals (ACP) aims to develop and professionalize people in the telecom industry. You will find a full list of available certification courses on the association’s website, in addition to a news, articles and issues section, an industry calendar, and membership information.


BICSI, an international not-for-profit telecom association, offers programs, courses, conferences, etc. that cover the spectrum of voice, data and video technologies. The organization has a vast website that offers such features as on-line newsletters, white papers, PowerPoint presentations, member services and a job bank.


CIPS is a short form for the Canadian Information Processing Association, and its website is comprised of great information for the Canadian I.T. professional. Membership information is available on the site, in addition to a list of events, I.T. resources, technical papers and a web store.


The Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) is an institute of Industry Canada that is dedicated to research and development in communications and related technologies. Canadian technology professionals will find an abundance of information on the centre’s website, including an innovation centre, a human resources section, and an education arena.


The site belonging to the Canadian Telecommunications Consultants Association (CTCA) contains a variety of useful articles, product announcements and other information for the telecom professional. The site also features a good links page and events calendar.


The Gigabit Ethernet Alliance is an open forum with an aim to promote industry cooperation in the development of Gigabit Ethernet. The alliance’s website contains news, activities, papers, and other pertinent information on anything and everything related to the technology.


ITAC, or the Information Technology Association of Canada, is an organization with its finger on the pulse of the country’s I.T. industry, representing more than 1,300 firms engaged in computing and telecom. The ITAC website features a good deal of information about the organization, in addition to news, events, policy, etc.


The NACC — or National Association of Communications Contractors — was established to provide communications professionals with an easy and inexpensive means to become certified. The association’s website provides an overview of its certification programs in copper or optical fiber cabling, in addition to news, standards updates, and other relevant information.


For information on a variety of training and certification programs, visit the website belonging to the Society of Cabling Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). Here you will find news, training, standards and membership information, in addition to a bookstore, a feedback page and a links area.


The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) — in association with the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) at — is a full-service organization representing the telecom industry. The TIA provides communications materials, products, systems, distribution services and professional services and has information about all of it on its website.

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