SBA and Vertical Bridge Put NWSA “Cert” Requirements in MSAs

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced yesterday that SBA Communications and Vertical Bridge are placing NWSA certification requirements for technicians working on their respective sites and networks in their Master Service Agreements (MSAs).

NWSA currently offers the following industry-wide certification programs: Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 (TTT-1), Telecommunications Tower Technician 2 (TTT-2), Antenna & Line Specialty, and Telecommunications Tower Foreman. Other assessment and certification programs NWSA will likely unveil in the future include Rigging, Small Cell/DAS, Structural Modifications, Gin Pole Operations, and Broadcast Tall Tower Technician.

The companies placing NWSA certification requirements in their MSAs typically require a percentage of the vendor company’s tower technicians on crews to be NWSA TTT-1 or TTT-2 certified with a minimum number of certified technicians on site. These requirements are slated to gradually increase each subsequent year to encourage widespread adoption by tower crews in the United States. 

“NWSA’s vision from the very beginning is that these certification programs will get to scale through a marketplace-driven approach and we applaud the continuing proactive leadership of SBA Communications and Vertical Bridge by placing NWSA credentialing requirements into their MSA’s,” said Executive Director Duane MacEntee. “NWSA certified personnel represent the gold-standard in safety and quality and we are very encouraged about the continued momentum our worker certification programs are gaining in the industry.”

“SBA fully supports the mission of NWSA to enhance safety and improve quality on towers and other structures. We believe in it so strongly that starting next June, we will be ensuring vendors that work on our assets will obtain their certification over time,” said Mark Ciarfella, SBA Executive Vice President of Operations and member of NWSA’s Board of Directors.

Bernard Borghei, Executive Vice President of Operations and Co-Founder of Vertical Bridge, who also serves on the NWSA Board of Governors added, “The safety of the personnel working on our sites is of the utmost importance to us and we applaud NWSA for their growing list of credential offerings. We believe an NWSA certification will provide technicians with the tools and knowledge they need to more safely construct, deploy and maintain infrastructure assets.”

November 19, 2019

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