NAED Education & Research Foundation

About The Foundation

National Association of Electrical Distributors

In 1969, the NAED Education & Research Foundation was established to provide education, training, and research to lessen the pressure members face to innovate, embrace new technologies, and perform at a higher level.

The Foundation has become a valuable resource in helping advance careers, growing businesses, and shaping the future of the industry.

We’re proud of the resources we’ve developed that set up our members for success. To date, more than 42,000 people have benefited from the Foundation. This includes almost 12,000 EPEC graduates. Thousands more have gained key insights from the NAED PAR Report® or another benchmarking study. Many others have completed the Certified Electrical Professional (CEP) program or cultivated leadership experience by partnering with us to develop new tools for the industry.



Our Mission

The NAED Education & Research Foundation provides education, training resources, and industry research that creates a stronger channel and industry for our members now and in the future.

To contribute to the NAED Future Fund while we upgrade our system, please contact the Member Engagement Team at 888.791.2512, via Live Chat, or email us.

*The Foundation is a Section 501(c)3 nonprofit, consult your tax advisor about the contribution being deductible for federal income tax purposes.


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The Impact of NAED Future Fund

In today's business environment, there is enormous pressure to innovate, embrace new technologies, and deliver a first-class customer experience.

"Never before has our industry needed your help in keeping up with technological change as well as changing demographics," said Michelle McNamara, NAED COO & NAED Foundation Executive Director. "The best way to thrive is to reinvest in your most important asset—your people. Your Foundation is committed to providing the most relevant content and information delivered in a way that’s easily digested."

This industry has counted on the NAED Education & Research Foundation to help navigate turbulent times like these. The NAED Foundation needs the solidarity of the entire industry to provide support for our research and education, to help better prepare for change.

This year, to celebrate the Foundation's 50th anniversary, we're asking for contributions that will go directly towards specific initiatives, new research, and applicable contents, including:  

  • Building a Connected Business, NAED’s newest research project which helps distributors and manufacturers build a roadmap to flourish in the digital transformation era.
  • A focus on transforming and expanding our leadership development content with our new Leadership Development Program
  • Expanding digital offerings via a new NAED Learning Center platform with more accessible educational content

With your support, current and future leaders and their employees will be better prepared to navigate this new terrain. Please consider making a gift to the 2019-2020 Future Fund campaign in support of the channel.


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



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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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