CEDIA: What is it?
We're incredibly proud to be able to say that we've been a member of CEDIA since 2005. It means a lot to us, to be a part of this outstanding community, but what does it mean for you? We'd like to answer some of the common questions we get about our CEDIA certification and help show you how working with a CEDIA member directly benefits you as a client.
CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for homes. They are the leading global authority on the home technology industry and represent 3,500 member companies and 22,000 industry professionals worldwide.
What exactly does CEDIA stand for?
Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association.
What does it mean to be a member?
Being a member of CEDIA means that we have access to a full network of professionals, training, tools, and research that aren't available to non-members. This means we have a wider breadth of knowledge that can be leverage to create EVEN BETTER tailored solutions for our clients. The awesome thing is that we aren't just members, we're also CEDIA Certified.
What is CEDIA Certified?
This means we've taken classes and been tested on our home technology knowledge. Think of it like we've gotten our masters in electronic home systems and customer service. In fact, we have such an excellent reputation within our own industry that Jeff, or co-owner, currently teaches upper level CEDIA Certification classes to other professionals.
What sorts of things do you have to know to be CEDIA Certified?
All sorts of different things, but some of the highlights include: rough-in and trim-out tasks; retrofit installation; component installation and troubleshooting; selecting the appropriate products and materials to be used in integrated residential systems, including alarm, telephone, data audio, video, home theater, HVAC, and lighting control; designing, installing, and configuring a network in a home; and residential cabling assessments.
What certifications do you all hold at Integration Controls?
Electronic Systems Technician II (1)
Electronic Systems Technician III (1)
Residential Networking Specialist (1)
CEDIA Outreach Instructor (COI) (1)
What are the benefits of working with a CEDIA Certified Professional?
There are specific standards of excellence that you have to uphold in order to be associated with CEDIA. The requirements range from customer service guidelines, to technical knowledge principles and a professional code of ethics.
How can I, personally, learn more about this stuff?
CEDIA actually has a client facing website that doubles as has a huge resource center where you can follow along with the latest news, trends, and ideas of our industry. You can check it out here.
Anything else I should know?
Actually, yes! We're glad you asked. CEDIA also gives awards to top performing companies. We've won awards in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014. You can check out the Case Studies section of our blog to see these awards in action.
Still have more questions? Just ask. That's what we're here for.