About The NAED Foundation

The NAED Education & Research Foundation (NERF) is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation that was founded in 1969 to provide education, training resources, and industry research that creates a stronger distribution channel now and in the future. The Foundation is aligned in mission with NAED and has proudly supported the advancement of the electrical industry for more than 50 years. Over the course of its history, NERF has played a pivotal role in developing the industry’s workforce and delivering market insights that enable distributors, manufacturers, and their customers to succeed.


A Snapshot of NERF’s Impact:

42,000+ Individuals and their employers have directly benefited from the Foundation’s programs

50+ Research initiatives have been funded from its research endowment and shared with the electrical industry since 2006.

$1.25MM+ Invested in research to understand and prepare for the future state of the industry since 2019.


In 2019, the NAED Foundation commissioned one of its most significant research studies called Building a Connective Business. This study was carried out to prepare our industry to meet evolving customer expectations in a more digitally enabled B2B marketplace. The Next Level Now Campaign is an industry-wide fundraising effort that aims to build on this work by helping businesses understand how to navigate their unique journeys and provide the tools and expertise to do so more with greater efficiency and effectiveness.




The NAED Learning Center (NLC) offers a cloud-based, centralized destination for industry employees as support throughout their careers. More than half of our distributor members have taken advantage of this free member benefit, and many use the NLC exclusively as their corporate learning management system. The NAED Learning Center delivers a best in class experience for our students while providing the following benefits to your company:

  • FREE for NAED members
  • Unique member-branded portals with customized learning plans
  • Access to more than 300 free manufacturer product training courses
  • Features free industry-specific course content such as Introduction to Electrical Distribution
  • Features recordings of NAED educational webinars such as Virtual Selling, Managing Stress, and Building Relationships in a Virtual Workplace
  • Timely free training courses relevant to today’s world. Current course offerings include Understanding Unconscious Bias, Managing in a Crisis, Assessing Risk, and Business Continuity
  • Exclusive access to NAED’s renowned EPEC program, only available on the NAED Learning Center
  • Supports members’ internal online training courses
  • Customizable to meet company learning goals (learning plans, competencies, course progression, testing, etc.)
  • Robust analytics platform and reports for visibility into individual learner’s performance.
  • Manager, supervisor, or training administrators have the autonomy to manage employee data, create courses, and assign company courses and learning plans to employees as needed
  • Complimentary SSO integration to the company active directory ensures the most current information for enhanced user experience
  • Supported with one-on-one customer service  and technical support as well as consultative Talent Development Mentoring



If you would like to implement one of these programs at your company, schedule a consultation with the NAED Member Engagement Team to help you plan your training curriculum!

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