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CEDIA Launches New Curriculum

CEDIA has developed CEDIA University's first Electronic Systems Technician (EST) core curriculum.

Indianapolis, IN–CEDIA has developed CEDIA University’s first Electronic Systems Technician (EST) core curriculum.

CEDIA University’s mission focuses on helping business owners and their employees prepare for certifications and advance their careers.

The university concept is the core component of CEDIA’s education group. Initiatives, tools and activities are evaluated in terms of their support to the university concept, including curriculum and course development; local, regional, national and international learning events; instructor and other resource development; certification and the learning management computer system.

“At a time when the various training offerings and certification programs in the market are confusing business owners and entry-level professionals, CEDIA University is responding by building the core courses that are based on best practices and industry standards,” said Scott McCormick, CEDIA’s director of curriculum and learning. McCormick has been directing the CEDIA University project in conjunction with Ken Erdmann, education council chairman for CEDIA.

“These courses will guide an employee or business owner easily through all the skills and knowledge required in our industry,” McCormick added. The core courses are a fundamental aspect of the CEDIA University concept.”

Utilizing the best subject matters experts in the industry, CEDIA University is currently building its first 30 courses. Given the scope of the project in terms of the development hours required along with the goal of having an EST curriculum in place for EXPO 2005, the most effective method for producing the courseware is to outsource development to a professional instructional design consulting company. This company will work with selected CEDIA subject matter experts to build the courseware.

CEDIA University comprises five curricula. Each education curriculum requires a specific number of core and elective courses. Required, or core courses, are designed by education and training professionals using proven instructional design models. These core courses specifically support industry competencies outlined by CEDIA subject matter experts and can be taken as a pathway to CEDIA certification.

The first four of the EST core courses will be available at the 2005 CEDIA Regional program: Job Site and Electrical Safety, Introduction to Codes and Standards, Electrical and Electronic Application and Introduction to RF Distribution. The remaining titles will be available September 7-11 at CEDIA EXPO 2005 in Indianapolis.