CEDIA® has announced a number of changes to its education programme for 2019, including a newly updated Boot Camp. This course is an excellent way to develop the basic skills integrators need to get started in the industry and meet the requirements necessary to develop and thrive in their careers. CEDIA Instructor, Geoff Meads, explains more about the course.
The five-day Boot Camp course is designed for those who are new to the industry or those who have a little experience and are looking to develop their role. It’s the ideal course for new integrators and focusses on foundation knowledge and skills in the most common areas of smart home technology. It is taught by CEDIA Certified Instructors and includes both classroom instruction and hands-on training.
The course will also teach the engineering and technical foundations necessary to go on to CEDIAʼs five-day Technical School and the ESC-T certification exam.
As the industry moves so fast, the Boot Camp programme is under constant revision. The big change this year is the addition of an all-new one-day course dedicated to Testing, Measurement, and Troubleshooting Techniques.
With a wide range of technologies, equipment, and signal types in play, it’s normal to expect a few hiccups during installation time. This course is all about what to do when commissioning systems, and for when things don’t quite go as expected. It covers troubleshooting methods and best practices, electrical system measurements integrators would use in their day-to-day operations, plus hands-on use of test equipment.
Topics covered include:
- Identifying the correct test equipment for a range of electrical and data related systems
- Using test equipment to measure a variety of electrical parameters within AC and DC circuits
- Using a data cable qualification tool to test data infrastructure
- Processes for finding, fixing, and verifying various smart home systems
- Common stages of the test and commissioning phase in a smart home project
The updated Boot Camp course also benefits from a new Electronic and Science Skills day. This will provide attendees with the essential training in the typical maths, science, and electronics that integrators will have to utilise within the home technology industry.
Topics covered include:
- Understanding and manipulating formulae
- Working with triangles, percentages, and ratios
- Waves, frequency, and wavelength
- Electricity and electrical theory
- Tools, PPE, and other equipment needed
- Avoiding client problems through effective communication
Smarthome systems are complex and the only way to build a proper career in the industry is to understand the technology from first principles. CEDIA’s Boot Camp course is built to ensure new engineers look at everything from the standpoint of science, rather than guesswork, meaning their designs and installations are robust, efficient, and reliable.
Over the years, people from all walks of life have successfully attended Boot Camp, from clothing retailers to professional rugby players. However, it’s a very popular entry point to the smart home industry for all sorts of associated trades too such as electricians, IT professionals, and sound engineers. Anyone is welcome. Any previous audio, video, network, or electrical experience will help but it really is open to all.
The dates for the next courses are as follows:
11th – 15th March
13th – 17th May
23rd – 27th September
18th – 22nd November
CEDIA’s Boot Camp course is available to book for £799 +VAT for members, and £1199 +VAT for non-members. To find out more and to book your place, visit http://www.cediaeducation.com.