CEDIA Announces Revised Standards for Association Membership

CEDIA is creating a tiered membership structure to allow the association to achieve several goals.

Indianapolis, Ind. -The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) announced today new requirements for association membership that will raise the affiliation standards for member companies while building a new foundation that further develops the expanding custom electronics industry.

CEDIA is creating a tiered membership structure to allow the association to achieve several goals. The first is part of a strategic imperative to strengthen the CEDIA brand by raising the bar for CEDIA members. CEDIA members and industry observers will notice the higher requirements in areas where the association can help members be better in every way - as organizations, employers, and partners with the builders, designers and architects they work with.

The second goal of the new structure is to foster growth in the custom electronics industry by establishing a new Provisional Membership class.

"CEDIA was founded on the philosophy of building better businesses to build a better industry. Our efforts remain centered on providing the business -building tools that enable our members to be the very best," said Ray Lepper, president of CEDIA and owner of Home Media Stores in Richmond, Va. "Creating a tiered membership structure will provide an entry point for businesses that aspire to be the best. The new Provisional Membership class will provide new members the tools they need to mature into full members, without diluting the brand value enjoyed by full CEDIA members."

Full CEDIA membership will require that companies have CEDIA certified employees and continuing education that will build and maintain the company's place within the industry. The membership restructuring will help CEDIA raise the overall standards for individual membership in the association while supporting the industry growth as a whole.

CEDIA Executive Director Billilynne Keller stressed that the approach to new membership tiers will be rolled out in a multi -phased plan. CEDIA will introduce additional phases over the next few years and will announce details about the new tiers with the launch of each new phase.

Ken Smith, a member of CEDIA's Board of Directors and chairman of its Membership Council, said existing CEDIA members will have plenty of advance notice of the changes. Members will have more than enough time after notification of the new membership changes to ensure their businesses comply.

"Our goal to make CEDIA members the undisputed 'best in the business' will be achieved over time. You'll see year by year increases in requirements for membership," Lepper said. "We want to begin by moving regular membership in the right direction of being better companies. We intend for CEDIA membership to be a competitive advantage in the marketplace, so our members need to be better because that's what CEDIA will represent."

CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,000 member companies worldwide. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association's web site at www.cedia.org.

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