CEDIA is delighted to announce its education programme has reached yet another milestone and has been recognised by City & Guilds. This new development means that those who successfully complete either a Smart Home Technician or a Smart Home Designer course will both receive a joint certification from CEDIA and City & Guilds*and become accredited within this area.

City & Guilds is the governing body for training, recognised both in the UK and internationally. As the global leader in skills and development, the body offers young people the opportunity to take a range of high quality C&G qualifications and also awards accreditations for bespoke training programmes from external providers. The external qualification programme spans 26 countries and is an instantly recognisable mark of quality and credibility, acknowledging the process and delivery of a tailored training programme.

Now, those who complete CEDIA's Smart Home Technician or Smart Home Designer programme will be awarded a joint CEDIA and C&G Smart Home Technician certificate and will become accredited within this sector.

A City & Guilds Smart Home Technician qualification will be awarded to entrants who successfully complete CEDIA's introductory training track, comprising the 12 training courses which make up CEDIA Boot Camp, ESC Technical and Networking schools, plus the certification examinations (ESC-T and ESC-N).

Meanwhile, the Smart Home Designer Track consists of 8 further courses, which are currently part of CEDIA's popular Designer School and the Lighting and Home Cinema Design Packages. In order to obtain the Smart Home Designer certificate, candidates will have to complete the track and successfully pass the ESC-D certification exam.

The new partnership between CEDIA and City & Guilds will broaden access to the best training courses available within the custom install industry, not only by increasing awareness of the CI profession, but also by attracting new entrants into the market. This will also benefit employers who are keen to grow their business at a time where employee recruitment is one of the major challenges facing CEDIA member companies.

"City & Guilds accreditations and certifications are awarded to only the highest quality programmes, so this endorsement is also an important validation of the quality of CEDIA training," says Simon Buddle, Director of Education for CEDIA EMEA. "The City and Guilds accreditation is internationally recognised in countries including India, South Africa and UAE where the residential custom installation sector continues to grow. Those who achieve the qualification will open doors for their careers not just in the UK but internationally."

This new agreement with City & Guilds adds to CEDIA's existing accreditations with RIBA and BIID for its CPD courses. For more information on CEDIA Education, please visit www.cediaeducation.com. To find out more about City & Guilds Accreditation, please visit www.cityandguilds.com.

*Students will be awarded the certificate upon successful completion of all of the relevant courses, from January 1st 2016. However, certificates cannot be awarded retrospectively to those who have completed these courses in the past.

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