HTSA Teams with Maverick Technical Institute to Provide Training

HTSA is working with the newly launched technical training school to teach members a specially developed curriculum.


The national custom installation and retail buying group Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) has partnered with Maverick Technical Institute (MTI) to create an HTSA Masterclass training program for technicians. This new educational program, known as the  HTSA Accelerated EST Masterclass, is a comprehensive training curriculum that is designed to advance the knowledge and professionalism of basic level installation technicians.

Dennis Jaques, founder of MTI and the staff of Jaques' company Maverick Integration launched MTI in 2015 to provide training for individuals interested in careers in the custom installation market. Located in Nashua, NH., the school is designed to educate future ESTs in the most important technologies of the day; share critical best practices knowledge, and teach the most professional installation techniques, all within a real-world environment with hands-on labs and materials.

Supporting the HTSA partnership school executive director Joe Boston and MTI's instructors, in cooperation with HTSA management, have developed a week-long curriculum for HTSA techs that draws from the school's 1100-hour training program that is based on combined elements of ESPA, CEDIA, and select commercial programs.

“This is no simple hour-long seminar where all attendees get a rubber-stamped participation award,” says Joe Boston, Executive Director of Maverick Technical Institute. “I hope HTSA techs are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work, because they are facing an intense week, densely packed with everything they need to know to advance their professionalism as an electronics systems tech.”

The curriculum features four full 8.5-hour days and one half-day agenda. Topics within the training cover everything from electrical safety, pre-wire, wiring, wireless transmission, panel termination, cable termination and fiber termination, to speaker installation, amplifier installation and more. 

HTSA says the first Accelerated EST Masterclass will take place the week of August 8, and 25 HTSA members have signed up for the class.

“When Jon Robbins approached us with the idea of custom designing a workshop specifically for HTSA members we were instantly struck by his obvious commitment to quality education for his members,” recalls Jaques. “Maverick Technical Institute is founded on the premise of providing a higher-level of professional EST education, and in that respect we feel strong synergism with Jon and HTSA.”

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass.