CEDIA has extended its education programme for 2015. Building on its already impressive portfolio of workshops and courses, a host of new classes, including a lighting foundation course, rack building course and designer school are set to gratify the custom install industry in 2015. Meanwhile, its popular Home Cinema Course will be extended by an extra day.

So far in 2014, lighting design has proved itself as an emerging and fundamental aspect of Custom Install. It can be a hugely profitable area for any business if done well, but it is an extremely complex technical field. This is why CEDIA has launched a brand new two-day lighting foundation course, focusing entirely on residential lighting control and lighting system design. The two-day course will explore different lamp types, identify the various transformer and ballast types, provide the fundamental science needed for lighting control system design and explain different dimming control methods. 

Adding to CEDIA’s extensive education programme for 2015 is ‘Designer School’. This course will explore the critically important process of system design; from initial contact with the client, drawing and processing documents, managing the project itself to user interface design and third party integration. Over four days, attendees will participate in a series of intense sessions, focusing on the core subjects which make up Designer School, before sitting an exam on day five. The main topics are:  Customer Relations, Design Documents and Process, Project Management Principles and Sub System Design and Integration – all of which are also one-day courses and can be booked separately.

CEDIA’s brand new Rack Build Fundamentals course explores the complex systems increasingly specified as part of today’s Custom Install package. This is why pre planning and standardisation can determine the result of a tidy and serviceable solution, and therefore, a happy customer. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding into the different types of racks and how to apply the correct knowledge for overcoming issues with equipment placement, wiring, connectivity and rack build as a whole.

Another advance in CEDIA’s 2015 education schedule derives from the freshly expanded two-day Home Cinema course, which will focus completely on the art of home cinema design. Day one  is the Advanced Home Cinema Design Course; exploring advanced CEDIA/CEA recommended audio, video and home cinema practices before being tested with a full cinema design project on day two, which follows the original format of CEDIA’s popular Home Cinema Design Workshop. Working from a real client brief and drawing package, each team will be expected to deliver an engineered and documented design. Each design will include performance calculations, plan drawings and equipment choices – complete with full design justification.

CEDIA’s improved education programme comes following two important steps forward in education in 2014 - the introduction of its Education Voucher Scheme and ECS Home Technology Integrator cards. 

As part of CEDIA’s commitment to educating the Custom Install industry in a costly and achievable manner, CEDIA launched its Education Voucher Scheme to provide discounted rates earlier this year, when a new modular approach to education was agreed. For this, CEDIA members can purchase vouchers which are worth the cost of a one-day course. One voucher is priced at £169 + VAT with the cost reducing with the more vouchers purchased.  Three vouchers can be bought at £159 + VAT, five vouchers at £149 + VAT, ten vouchers for £129 + VAT and 25 at just £99 + VAT. These block vouchers are available to CEDIA member companies. The rate for a one-day course for non-members is £219 + VAT. 

The JIB (Joint Industry Board) accredited CEDIA’s training centre in St Neots as an ECS Health and Safety assessment centre and approved the introduction of a new ECS Related Discipline card specifically for Home Technology Integrators. This ECS card helps residential custom installers gain access to construction sites as they are able to hold the industry required proof of identification, competence and qualification levels. Installers must have passed CEDIA’s one-day Health and Safety Assessment course and hold a valid CEDIA EST2 certification to be entitled to its ECS Home Technology Integrator card.

To support the training course, CEDIA developed a new document which is free to members and non-members. ‘Health & Safety Guidelines – Your Corporate Responsibility’ is available to download.

For more information and a full list of CEDIA’s education courses, please visit www.cediaeducation.com/courses. For more information on CEDIA’s education voucher, along with terms and conditions, please visit www.cediaeducation.com/vouchers.