CEDIA's Electronic Systems Integration Technician Training, a hands-on 12-week pilot program fashioned to equip future home technology pros with in-demand fundamentals, has graduated its inaugural class.
The initiative looks to address the perennial difficulties cited by integrators in finding and keeping qualified employees, and the completion of the program’s first phase is seen by the organization as marking a milestone for the industry. “This program is really geared towards making sure that folks that we’re attracting to the industry have the skill set they need to be fully contributing members to the employers that hire them,” said CEDIA Director of Workforce Development Tommy Tabor in the statement announcing the training initiative.
The program involves 108 hours of job skills training -- from basic laboratory work to home technology infrastructure training and rack building to home theater installation -- and CEDIA’s long-term objective is to roll it out nationally. CEDIA has identified multiple states as potential candidates for the program’s expansion, which could include partnerships with technical schools, trade schools, and community colleges.