AWE predicts training boom after CEDIA Awards win

posted on Wednesday, 23rd July 2014 by Steve May

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AWE's training team are gearing up for boost in attendance following the distributor's win at this year's CEDIA Awards. The company won 'Best Training Initiative by a Trade Supplier' for its three day course on Philips Dynalite lighting control.

"We've had fantastic feedback from installers who have attended the course, who are now profiting handsomely for their efforts," notes MD Stuart Tickle. "We expect that we will continue to see delegates signing up, now that it has been recognised for the second time in just three years as top class training by CEDIA." Tickle says key to the course's success has been the mix of "in-depth theory and practical-based learning around the programming and installation of the Philips Dynalite system."

Training is held at AWE's new training centre in Epsom, and is also now included within the new AWE Smart Home Academy initiative. Split into two parts, the 'System Designer' one-day introductory training module covers the basic design of a lighting control system and sets out to provide installers with the tools needed to become confident with Philips Dynalite architecture. The second part of the course, 'Envision Project', takes the installer or programmer through the commissioning process using Philips Dynalite's latest software tool.

India Training Event 21

In related news, CEDIA has announced that it will be holding a second training event for the Indian residential custom installation market, running August 4 -8 at the Sofitel Hotel Mumbai.

Matt Nimmons, CEDIA's Operations Director in Region 1, says the move follows on from a successful first foray last year (pictured last year). "The first event gave us an insight into the growing market in India and showed us that there is a need for regular training events. We return this year with a broader range of training courses, networking events and examinations."

CEDIA Director of Education Matt Dodd, and Technical Trainer Geoff Meads, will present eight training courses across the four days, including Home Cinema Design Workshop; Residential Networking; Remote Systems Access; Audio, Video and Home Cinema, Standardising Your Business Model, RF Distribution and Control Systems and Maths, Science & Engineering.

CEDIA is offering existing members two training packages at this year's event. The Gateway Certification includes two days of training covering industry and sub-system fundamentals and a two hour examination. The second package offered by CEDIA is the popular EST2 Certification. This includes a comprehensive four day programme focusing on Maths, Science and Engineering, Residential Networking, Audio, Video and Home Cinema, and RF Distribution and Control Systems. This will be rounded off with a two hour EST2 examination.  Members can book onto these Certification packages by using CEDIA Education vouchers. The Gateway Certification requires three vouchers, while the EST2 Certification is five vouchers.

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Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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