“Now is the right time to do this in our industry,” NATE Executive Director Todd Schlekeway said at the South Wireless Summit last week. He was referring to the initiatives taken by the National Wireless Safety Alliance that will provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills, and provide verifiable worker certification in order to enhance tower safety, reduce workplace risk, improve quality, encourage training, and recognize the skilled professionals who work on towers. It’s easy to think of this like the SATs. Every kid who wants to go to college, no matter where they were educated, has to take the SATs to be admitted to show the school that they have the baseline education necessary to succeed. “These credentials are portable. So often it’s that employees have been trained at different companies and at different companies. The safety training is not uniform. This program will raise the bar on safety and training,” Schlekeway explained. Continue reading here.