Practical Examinations


What is a Practical Exam?
A Practical Exam is a performance-based assessment required to obtain Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 and 2 certifications. In addition to a written exam, a fair and objective practical exam must be administered to ensure that the candidate can apply the essential knowledge and skills needed to safely perform the job activities in the field. All practical exams are administered by an NWSA-credentialed Practical Exam Proctor.

What is the Role of a Practical Exam Proctor?
NWSA-credentialed Practical Exam Proctors are NWSA-certified individuals who have been trained and authorized by NWSA to administer the practical exams. Practical Exam Proctors observe and record the performance of the candidate during the practical exam and then submit all materials to NWSA for exam scoring and processing.

Where can I take a Practical Exam?
Candidates interested in scheduling a practical exam should review the listing of open practical test sites that offer TTT-1 and TTT-2 Practical Exams. If candidates do not see an open practical test site that is accessible in their respective region of the country, they may hire a practical exam proctor to come to their workplace or other designated facility. If you or someone in your organization is interested in becoming a Practical Exam Proctor, click here.

How much does it cost to take a Practical Exam??
The cost for a candidate to register and take a Practical exam is $100 per exam. There may also be additional administrative fees that will be assessed by the Practical Exam Proctor or the Practical Test Site to administer the exam.

How do I apply for a Practical Exam?
Candidates interested in applying for the practical exam will do so online on their NWSA Candidate Portal Profile.  The application may filled out along with payment and submitted. Within 15 minutes you will be provided with a submission confirmation email along with the authorization code to provide to your proctor.

Who can I contact with questions regarding scheduling a Practical Exam?
NWSA staff is readily available to assist prospective candidates with any questions they may have regarding the scheduling of Practical Exams. Staff can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 703-459-9211.