More than 70 custom installers filled 200 course places at the training event held from 23rd - 27th July 2012 at the Helderfontein Conference Centre, Johannesburg.

An intensive week of education, organised by CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association), has attracted an excellent audience of residential custom installers drawn from countries across Southern Africa.

More than 70 custom installers filled 200 course places at the training event held from 23rd - 27th July 2012 at the Helderfontein Conference Centre, Johannesburg. Sponsored by Artcoustic, AV Specialists, Elan Systems, iLED, Opus, HFX Systems, Peripheral Vision and Radionic this CEDIA education week featured a total of fifteen training sessions delivered by global experts from across the residential CI sector. It also offered delegates the chance to take CEDIA's standard-setting EST2 (Electronic Systems' Technician) Certification examination.

"South Africa now has 17 CEDIA ESP (systems integrator) members, making it the sixth largest region of installer members globally" says Wendy Griffiths, CEDIA's Executive Director. "It was great to see so many of them here at our fifth education event in the country. We were also delighted to see custom installers from Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique attending our training courses and benefitting from the skills-based teaching our experts delivered. Thanks go to all the sponsors and media partners for their help and support in making the event so successful".

South Africa now has nearly 100 certified individuals - the highest number of any one country outside of the UK within CEDIA Region 1. Highlight training sessions available during the week included HDMI Distribution Methodology and Technology, High Performance Audio, Tablet and IP Technology in Control Systems, Technology and Consumer Trends, LED Lighting Technology and Interfaces and Maintenance and Aftercare. A Home Cinema Design Workshop was also held during the event, which had a staggering 33 attendees. Global custom installation expert, Rich Green was joined by Geoff Meads, a highly respected UK marketer and technical trainer with over twenty years' experience, in presenting sessions at the event. In addition some of the courses were co-presented by local experts.

CEDIA also hosted a special "Connect with CEDIA" event during the week which introduced new, prospective and existing members to the Association and the benefits of membership whilst providing a forum for ideas, debate and networking. An additional VIP evening, supported by SAIA (South African Institute of Architects) and the IID (Institute of Interior Designers) provided further education and networking opportunities for CEDIA members, media, architects and interior designers. Over 50 people attended these two functions.

Sponsors were also able to present training sessions during the week and use the event as a platform to display new products with major launches taking place from Elan Systems, who showcased a new product from Atlona called Linkcast, B&W, NuVo Technologies and RTi. Media partners for the event included HiddenWires, rAVe and Audio Video Magazine.

CEDIA is the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association, an international trade organisation spanning three continents with a global membership of over 3,500 companies. CEDIA Region 1 covers the UK, Europe, Russia, the CIS states, the Middle East, Africa, India and Pakistan. CEDIA members specialise in the planning, design, supply, installation, integration, concealment and control of automated electronic systems for the modern, intelligent home. They can install anything from multi-room audio systems and home cinemas to complete home networks and sub-systems which intelligently control lighting, security, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), and even garden facilities, from lighting to watering. For more information on CEDIA, please visit www.cedia.co.uk.

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