Bedrock Learning moves into the custom install sector
By Mike Llewellyn
Incorporated in late 2004, Bedrock Learning is very much a newbie in the custom installation field.
The training company, which focuses on the foundations of residential systems installation, is the product of a collaboration between CEDIA member and home automation industry veteran Helen Heneveld and a veteran from the educational publishing field named Gareth Hancock. Heneveld has been doing installations for 15 years, and is a member of the Consumer Electronics Association's TechHome board, as well as that organization's Education Subcommittee.
Hancock, who has done his time at McGraw-Hill and has focused especially on developing testing material, says the partnership is ideal. "Our partnership makes sense because I understand how to present information in a way that makes sense to a particular audience, and Helen has a tremendous amount of contacts and experience in this field," he says.
Hancock sees Bedrock Learning as a two-sided business.
The first side—what he calls the "scalable" side—is dedicated to online education. "It's an online university concept," he explains. "We offer a list of available courses, and the first one to go live is 'Fundamentals of Structured Wiring.'"
Adhering to a model that the rest of Bedrock's courses will follow, "Fundamentals of Structured Wiring" is a comprehensive and in-depth introduction to the subject. A course package resides online, broken up into units and chapters; videos illustrate particularly challenging techniques.
"The idea is to take a newbie and give them everything they need to do to get set up and understand a topic," says Hancock. "Once someone has finished with one of these courses, they will be more than ready to start training in the field."
Each course takes roughly six to eight hours to complete, depending on a student's level of experience. Upon completion, students receive the course package in book form, a quick-reference guide and a Bedrock Learning certificate of completion.