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CEDIA Teams With HTSA on Education Program

Partnership allows HTSA members to take advantage of in-person education opportunities at CEDIA’s facility.

CEDIA Training With HTSA

CEDIA is teaming up with Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) to provide technical education opportunities for HTSA members at CEDIA headquarters. As part of this ongoing collaboration, HTSA will host 11 training courses staggered over ten weeks throughout 2024 at CEDIA’s state-of-the-art training facility located in Fishers, IN.

“While our organizations are both uniquely positioned in the industry, CEDIA and HTSA share many of the same philosophies when it comes to professional development,” says Daryl Friedman, CEDIA global president and CEO. “CEDIA’s world-class training facility contains robust technology and real-life settings to equip smart home professionals with the tools they need to succeed on the job. CEDIA members have praised the facility for years, and I’m pleased to open the doors to even more smart home professionals through HTSA. By joining forces, we can amplify our impact, drive innovation, and cultivate a community that thrives on shared knowledge and support.”

CEDIA + HTSA Partnership – Daryl and John
Daryl Friedman, CEDIA global president and CEO (left), and Jon Robbins, executive director of HTSA, share the stage at Lightapalooza 2024. Photo by Isha Kipp-Cook/Ish-This Multi Media.

The courses, which are scheduled to run between May 7 and October 25, will cover a range of topics, including CEDIA Bootcamp and Technical Courses, FURLS, Lighting, AutoCAD, Project Management Summit, Networking/Racks, Tech Levels I through II, AI Bootcamp, and more. This set of courses will mark the first phase of a three-year partnership between CEDIA and HTSA, highlighting the commitment of both organizations in providing comprehensive and continuous education opportunities to the professional smart home industry.

CEDIA + HTSA Training - HTS SPring Conference 2024
A training session at HTSA’s 2024 Spring Conference.

“We’re excited to announce our partnership with CEDIA, utilizing their headquarters and training facility in Indiana, and kicking off with ten weeks of unparalleled HTSA education in 2024,” says Jon Robbins, executive director of HTSA. “Our members and vendors recognize HTSA’s deep commitment to leading the way in education, demonstrated by our range of learning opportunities. From our live programs in the field and at vendor facilities to our conferences, Lightapalooza, online portal, and regional group summits, we continue to set ourselves apart. With this CEDIA collaboration, we further illustrate our devotion to industry unity and continuous learning, offering HTSA members enhanced educational opportunities in a convenient, centralized location.”

CEDIA’s training facility is a purpose-built environment that offers real-world experience without risk. It features eight modules with conventional wood framing for layout, installation, testing, and verification of audio, video, and data cabling infrastructure. The facility includes spaces for retrofit exercises with temporary drywall installations, teaching skills like cable pathway priorities, equipment installation, and cable routing. There are also three dedicated home cinema rooms with concrete construction, individual HVAC, and steel doors to contain volume levels during system calibration. Each cinema room includes hardware, speakers, and displays for assembling home cinema systems, providing an immersive learning experience. These spaces are complemented by specially designed classroom spaces for accompanying lecture sessions and group brainstorming exercises.

HTSA has already opened an RSVP for the May 7-9 course with additional courses to follow. For more information on HTSA courses hosted at CEDIA headquarters and to register, contact Keith Esterly, chief learning architect for HTSA, at [email protected].

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