OnForce, the Boston-based online marketplace of technology service professionals, announced a strategic partnership with Washington, D.C.-based Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA) of America, the trade organization representing all segments of the satellite technology industry. As part of the alliance, OnForce's network of more than 12,000 information technology (IT) and consumer electronics (CE) service technicians (OnForce Pros) will be invited to complete the SBCA's certification program, thus promoting a standard for the installation of satellite products and services. OnForce Pros will also be encouraged to join the SBCA and take advantage of its member benefit programs-including educational discounts, monthly newsletters, legislative updates, and group insurance programs.
SBCA member companies will be encouraged to join the OnForce professional network and take advantage of its array of service work opportunities. Additionally, consumers and organizations will have an easier time accessing OnForce professionals for satellite technology-focused contracts.
"We are pleased to be partnering with the SBCA, the standard of excellence in satellite technology, to continue to provide our valued solution providers with the highest skilled service professionals in the industry, especially when it comes to satellite technology," says Peter Cannone, CEO of OnForce. "With the digital TV transition and lower prices for flat-panel TVs, we are witnessing significant demand for onsite installation services in the satellite technology sector and OnForce, as always, is poised to help meet reception and high-definition programming needs."
"The SCBA prides itself on providing excellence in the delivery of satellite technology and our National Standards and Testing Program Certification, backed by DIRECTV and DISH Network, provides an industry-endorsed benchmark of knowledge for the installation of satellite products and services," says Steve Hill, Deputy Executive Director, SBCA. "The SBCA certification means that the service professional [has] undergone stringent performance tests and we know that given OnForce's reputation for quality, this partnership is a natural fit."
OnForce is committed to providing its service professionals and buyers with IT skills and expertise. OnForce service professionals are certified in more than 140 different programs, including CompTIA A and CEDIA Certified Professional Installer.
SBCA certification will be available on OnForce’s Web site on March 29.