D&H Distributing Endorses CompTIA HTI+ Home Networking Certification

D&H Distributing and CompTIA are working to develop a home technology certification program for retailers, dealers, resellers and custom integrators.

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For Immediate Release:

D&H Distributing Endorses CompTIA HTI+ Certification


Oakbrook Terrace, Ill, and Harrisburg, PA, (February 9) - The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and D&H Distributing, one of America's oldest and largest wholesale products distributors, announced today they are working together to promote the certification of technicians in the home integration market.

As a first step in this new relationship, D&H Distributing has joined the CompTIA Home Technology Integrator (HTI+) certification advisory committee, a group of leading manufacturers, retailers, educators, and courseware developers responsible for setting the direction of the HTI+ certification. Additionally, D&H Distributing will provide its dealers with training tips and information on courseware and training organizations as well as with vouchers for the certification exams at a reduced cost.

"As the leading distributor in the digital convergence market, we are seeing a significant pattern of increased cross -category purchasing behavior among our computer resellers," said Dan Schwab, vice president of marketing at D&H Distributing. "We continually develop new programs and tools that help our dealers succeed. Our principal reasons for joining the CompTIA HTI+ certification committee are to be closely involved in the skills development process and to be able to offer a verified tool that helps our resellers migrate into the home integration market.

"Through this program, we can also offer certification exam vouchers to reduce their cost when taking the exams. Certified technicians will help ensure improved system performance leading to higher customer satisfaction and more word -of -mouth referrals for dealers. Certification also helps to create new job opportunities and career paths."

HTI+ certified technicians have demonstrated mastery of best practices equivalent to six months on -the -job experience in home integration by passing two comprehensive exams. The certification exams cover designing, implementing, and maintaining home networks, which can include everything from computers to televisions, audio systems, security systems, lighting systems, telecommunications, and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning.

"The inclusion of D&H Distributing on the HTI+ advisory committee and providing exam vouchers to dealers is an important step forward for the home integration industry," said Gene Salois, vice president of certification, CompTIA. "This further increases dealer and consumer awareness of the need for trained and certified technicians. Professionalism through training and certification is vitally important to the success of a new industry such as this one. Professionalism grows acceptance, confidence, and ultimately greater demand."

D&H Distributing joins the following organizations on the HTI+ advisory committee: Best Buy, Bradford Learning, Cisco Systems, Cisco Learning Institute, CompUSA, Continental Automated Building Association, Fluke Networks, Gateway Computer, Graymark International, Heathkit Educational Systems, HomeDirector, Honeywell International, Internet Home Alliance, Marcraft International, Microsoft, Panasonic, Sears Roebuck & Co., and Whirlpool Corporation.

About D&H Distributing
One of America's largest wholesale distributors of microcomputer products, consumer electronics, educational products and security products, D&H has been distributing to the reseller, retailer and solution provider community for over 85 years. D&H leads the computer industry in emerging technologies and is known for providing every solution provider - from large, national accounts to small, independent business owners - with top -quality products, competitive prices and highly personalized service. D&H Distributing is headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, with shipping locations in Harrisburg, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Dallas and Visalia, CA. For more information on D&H, call toll -free, (800) 340 -1001, or visit the company's web site at www.dandh.com.

About CompTIA
CompTIA is a global trade association representing the business interests of the information technology industry. For 22 years, CompTIA has provided research, networking and partnering opportunities to its more than 19,000 members in 89 countries.

The association is involved in developing standards and best practices, and influencing the political, economic and educational arenas that impact IT worldwide. More information is available at www.comptia.org.


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