CEDIA certification has revamped over the last two years: all exams revised and made global, the introduction of the ESC (formerly Gateway) credential, and the introduction of two new books.
Now that the certifications, pathways, and resources (including a great lineup of online eCourses
) are all in place, we are seeing a lot of people finding innovative ways to implement them.
Hiring, Retaining, and Compensating the Best People
In the past, we have seen integrators use CEDIA certifications as part of their guidelines for pay increases and promotions, but member company Acoustic Architects in Miami has taken a fresh approach to this idea. They are using the new ESC pre-test assessment
as a tool to see what job applicants really know about the industry at large, as well as requiring current employees to use the Fundamentals of Residential Electronic Systems
book to prepare for, and earn, the ESC certification. They also plan to use the ESC-T, ESC-D and ESC-N as benchmarks during their annual employee evaluations.
For more on this story, see the article in Residential Systems magazine
Training the Next Generation
Over the past few years, the ESPA (Electronic Systems Professional Alliance) program has been increasingly adopted by career centers and tech schools. It can be a challenge to find qualified entry-level technicians, and ESPA schools are now training and certifying hundreds of ESTs per year.
This program is a cooperative effort of CEDIA, NSCA and CTA (formerly CEA), and supports careers in both residential and commercial work. The largest ESPA Training Partner is Lincoln Tech, with EST training in six markets
What we are seeing now is the implementation of CEDIA content and the ESC certification as an enhancement to the ESPA training. Two notable examples are Los Angeles Trade-Tech College
(LATTC) and the new Maverick Technical Institute
in New Hampshire (launching in 2016). Both schools include both ESPA and CEDIA curriculum to prepare students to enter into a residential systems workplace with the skills they need and ready to go to work.
We encourage you to engage with these schools, meet the instructors and students, and find your next great employee.
Jeff Gardner is CEDIA's Director of Certification and Workforce Development. Jeff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org