Russound education helps integration professionals maintain certification

Training Education and Certification department training courses receive accreditation from CEDIA and NBFAA

NEWMARKET, N.H., May 31, 2006 - Russound, the #1 brand in multiroom audio -video products, today announced a number of its training courses have gained accreditation by two national industry associations. The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) declared Russound Training Education and Certification (TEC) courses meet their stringent requirements for retaining industry certification. For security and alarm professionals, the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) has stated Russound classes will earn them the necessary credits to help maintain their credentials. The news bolsters the company's commitment to providing some of the best technical and sales training options in the industry.


"With more states requiring that low voltage installers obtain Continuing Education Units in order to maintain their certification, having our courses accredited is crucial for their success, as well as Russound's. Now our dealers, distributors and integrators can learn what they need to know about Russound products, while earning the necessary credits," said Sales Support and Education Director Chuck Fortier. "Our education mission has always been to provide the know -how and tools to help our dealers. Industry certification is a natural migration that meets the needs of today's CE Dealer. With the overwhelming response and near capacity attendance, I know our customers value Russound's education programs."

The company offers courses online 24 hours a day, tradeshow sessions and, new in 2006, the "Wired UP" in -house training and "All Wired Up" Road tour. Attendees of Russound's in -house and road tour training sessions receive 4.00 credit hours from CEDIA and .8 from the NBFAA, providing them with a large part of their certification requirements. This four -sided approach gives those in the industry access to education when and where it is most convenient for them.

Many professionals in the industry are concerned about the impending licensure requirements being decided in various State legislatures. "We want them to be prepared to meet that new requirement in the event the bills pass," said Fortier. "Attending seminars, workshops and training sessions, especially those with accreditation, will keep integrators up to speed and hopefully aid them if licensure becomes a reality."

Russound's mission is to make their customers' jobs easier and provide them with what they need to grow their businesses. Helping dealers, distributors and integrators be prepared to meet the demands of our exciting, ever -changing industry is at the top of their list. Receiving accreditation from national industry organizations shows the company is fulfilling that mission.

Visit www. http://www.russound.com/edu/edu_course.htm for a full list of accredited courses.

About Russound
Since 1967, innovation, quality and reliability have been the pillars of the Russound product tradition. Located in Newmarket, N.H., Russound offers the products and expertise customers need to enjoy multiroom audio and video systems in the home. The company pairs powerful systems using the latest technologies with intuitive controls to give customers high -performance, easy -to -use solutions. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.russound.com.

About CEDIA
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. CEDIA Members include residential electronic systems contractors who have emerged as the "fourth contractor" in the building and remodeling industries alongside electrical, plumbing, and HVAC professionals. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association's Web site at http://www.cedia.org.


About NBFAA
NBFAA, a non -profit 501(c) 6 trade association, is the nation's oldest and largest organization dedicated to representing, promoting, and supporting the electronic life safety, security, and systems industry. Member companies specialize in a wide spectrum of services to commercial and residential consumers, including security and fire alarms, video surveillance, access control and monitoring. In cooperation with a federation of state associations, NBFAA provides government advocacy and delivers timely information, professional development tools, products and services that members use to grow and prosper their businesses. The NBFAA may be reached at (888) 447 -1689 or on the Web at www.alarm.org.


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