CEDIA View: The Time is Now
In every type of industry, professionals proudly display the credentials that set them apart from their peers. Doctors, professors, accountants, architects, computer technicians, and auto mechanics all have credentials that prove they have mastered a body of knowledge and have made the effort to quantify this accomplishment in the form of a professional credential.
But what about consumers? Do they really care if you have a special designation within your industry? The answer is YES! According to a recent survey conducted by CEDIA and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), more than 70 percent of home buyers believe contractors with special designations, such as those from trade associations, are more reliable, professional, and credible. And, more than 60 percent say credentialed professionals are worth the higher price they often request.
If you are not CEDIA-certified, consider making the commitment. Here are five ways certification can benefit your career and your company’s bottom line.
1. Enhance your resume by showing employers you have kept up with the latest advances in technology through continued education.
2. Elevate your company with “certified professionals on staff” status, moving it to the top of the list when potential clients search the CEDIA Finder Service.
3. Create an organized path of study, making your skill set more comprehensive and well-rounded.
4. Generate credibility with consumers who recognize the importance of industry credentials.
5. Join an elite group of global professionals, who have proven their expertise by achieving true professional industry certification. Start your path to certification today!
Maybe you’ve been hearing about CEDIA Certifications for a while, or maybe you’re already certified – so this sounds like the same old tune you’ve heard before. However, in addition to the EST II and EST III designations, CEDIA has added a new credential to the line up, the CEDIA Residential Networking Specialist.
A CEDIA Residential Networking Specialist is an individual who has mastery of the fundamentals, of designing, installing, and configuring a network in the home. The CEDIA Residential Networking Specialist is able to design and configure wireless networks, and comprehends networking techniques such as VLANS, QoS, and remote access. This credential tests the technical body of knowledge expected for an employee with approximately two years of networking experience in the residential field.
Major content areas covered by the credential are as follows:
• Network Infrastructure (testing and troubleshooting)
• Network Configuration, including VLANs, QoS, Security, and Remote Access
• Wireless Networking Technologies, Infrastructure and Design
• Network Design Practice
Not sure if you’ve taken all the necessary training? The pathway to credential is clearly outlined with training you should complete before attempting to take the exam.
It is recommended that industry professionals pass the CEDIA EST II certification before applying for the Residential Networking Specialist Credential to ensure a broad knowledge of infrastructure and subsystems. This new credential is curriculum based and does not replace attaining CEDIA certification.
The credential exam is available through a network of online testing centers throughout the United States and Canada. Visit cedia.net/RNScred to learn more about the recommended courses, or to register to take the credential at a proctored testing facility.
To begin studying for the EST II or EST III exam, check out the CEDIA Technical Reference Manual, the single most comprehensive resource for the residential systems industry.
Consumers have said it, professional certifications set you apart. The time to certify is now. Check out all your options at cedia.net/certification.•