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Jul 1, 2007 12:00 PM

InfoComm 07 attracts record numbers, CEDIA previews easy-to-use skill-building at Expo 2007, and NSCA offers high-level business knowledge.


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WHAT'S NEW AT EXPO FOR 2007

Wondering what CEDIA University has new for you? Use the 2007 registration brochure, available at www.cedia.org/expo, and the tools within it to determine what courses will best benefit you and your team.

  • Review the recommended curriculum pathway at the beginning of each college listing
  • Decide the best level (100 through 400) to select the appropriate courseware for your employees' skill and knowledge level
  • Read the course descriptions and objectives to target the right content

129 Core Curriculum Courses

CEDIA has built core curriculum in all five colleges encompassing industry best practices. Professional instructional designers, along with CEDIA subject matter experts, have authored these courses for technicians, designers, project managers, sales teams, and business owners and leaders.

Core Courses Offered in Spanish

With the show attracting an increasing number of international visitors, we have expanded some of the university offerings to include courses translated and delivered in Spanish. Printed materials will be available in both Spanish and English versions for those attendees. For more information, refer to p. 43 in the registration brochure.

Advanced Electronic Systems Technician Exam

CEDIA's certification subject matter team has repurposed the Installer Level II Exam into a more robust tool encompassing and gauging stronger skills and tasks for an advanced technician. The updated exam is geared toward those professionals who assist in the training and mentoring of new technicians; interact with others; install, troubleshoot, calibrate, and program remotes; work with subsystem integration and control; and ensure that installations meet design specifications. The Advanced EST Certification will affirm the position of professionals who have worked in the field for three to five years, have an Installer Level I Certification, and have mastered the skills listed above.

Updated Designer Exam

This exam has undergone a year-long, thorough analysis assessing new technologies and approaches, and has been refined to fit CEDIA's best practices. CEDIA's newly unveiled pre-test assessments, core courses, and related designer products will assist you in determining your level of preparedness prior to the exam.

These exams will be available Wednesday through Saturday in the online testing center at CEDIA Expo. There is no pre-registration required. However, pre-registration is required for the written exams that are scheduled on Sept. 6, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (p. 42 in your registration brochure) for the Advanced EST Certification, and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the Designer Exam (p. 32 in the registration brochure).

CERTIFICATION COMPUTER-BASED TESTING — ONSITE AT DENVER

It's not entirely new, but it is new to some: By showing up at the Colorado Convention Center during set hours, an attendee can register, pay with credit card, take the exam, and receive results on the spot.

Certification exams available online:

  • Sept. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Installer Level I - U.S. and Canada
  • Sept. 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advanced EST - U.S.
  • Sept. 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Installer Level II - U.S. and Canada
  • Sept. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Designer - U.S. and Canada

For more information or to download the 2007 registration brochure, visit www.cedia.org/expo or call (800) 669-5329.

CEDIA SKILLS ON DISPLAY

The May 25 episode of Designing Spaces, a popular television series that inspires viewers to explore new home-renovation ideas, featured a 30-minute segment that highlighted the expertise of CEDIA Certified electronic systems contractors and the value of working with a CEDIA member. The installation featured on the show was a system designed and installed by CEDIA member Jeff Hoover, owner of Audio Advisors in West Palm Beach, Fla. The center includes whole-house integration with everything from a home theater to outdoor lighting.

Did you miss it? Not to worry, the episode will continue to be broadcasted nationally on TLC and WE, with additional coverage on cable affiliates for ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PAX, and UPN. This episode has the potential to reach more than 80 million households.

For more information on CEDIA, visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.



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