The Head of the Class CEDIA's University Program Introduces Tra
As part of its strategy to define itself as the touchstone of custom installation training and certifications, the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) has announced the development and implementation of a Electronic Systems Technician (EST) core curriculum. Couched within the "CEDIA University" program (what the association calls "an institution of learning that provides facilities for teaching and education and furthers the knowledge and professional skills of members and students"), the new core curriculum is designed to connect CEDIA membership with custom installation experts. CEDIA University is currently building the first 30 courses, and expects to have the entire curriculum in place for EXPO 2005.
CEDIA University comprises five curricula. Each education curriculum requires a specific number of core and elective courses. Required, or core courses, are designed to support specific fields of expertise in the industry, and the association considers them pathways to full CEDIA certification. The first four of the EST core courses—job site and electrical safety, introduction to codes and standards, electrical and electronic application, and introduction to RF distribution—will be available at the 2005 CEDIA regional program. The remaining titles will be available at the 2005 CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis.
Scott McCormick is responsible for curriculum and course development, project management and delivering CEDIA project management courses. He also handles courseware assessment, strategy for CEDIA University, and building the program's e-learning component. He says the University concept differentiates the association's training programs from others on the market because it integrates a variety of competencies into one curriculum.
"The idea of CEDIA University redefines the concept of education to not only include training and certification in a coordinated effort, but to also include the total package experience to prepare an individual to perform and grow in the industry," he says.
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